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Central District | Great Lakes District | Mid-Atlantic District | Northeast District | South Central District | Southeast District | West District

Central District:

Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky

November 1, 2014

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Madison Wisconsin Herb Society
32nd Annual Herb Fair

Olbrich Gardens
3330 Atwood Ave.
Madison, Wisconsin

Herbal vendors, workshops, and demonstrations

Free Herbal Presentations in the Atrium include:
Kathy Eich, Red Root Mountain
Jill Yeck, Harvest Moon Herb Farm
Laurie Lee, Herb'n Gardener

Herb of the Year being featured: Mediterranean Herbs

For more information: http://www.madisonherbsociety.org/HerbFair.htm

March 28, 2015

Save the Date

Kentuckiana Unit Spring Herb Day

Huber's Winery in the Plantation Hall

More information to come!

April 11, 2015

Save the Date

Central Indiana Unit Spring Symposium at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Noblesville, Indiana.

More information to come!

Great Lakes District:

Ontario Canada, Western New York, Michigan, Ohio, Western Pennsylvania

September 18 - December 18, 2014

Hours vary

Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation presents-
Dangerous Beauty: Thorns, Spines and Prickles

5th Floor, Hunt Library
Carnegie Mellon University
4909 Frew Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

This exhibition includes artworks and books that depict the formidable and yet beautiful defensive structures of thorns, spines and prickles that have evolved to protect plants from predation. Featured are drawings, watercolors, prints and books displaying thistles, teasels, cacti, roses, berry brambles, stinging nettles and citrus trees. Join us 18 September 2014, 5-7 p.m. for the opening reception of "Dangerous Beauty." We will also open on Saturday, 11 October, 1-4 p.m., during Carnegie Mellon University’s Ceilidh Weekend festivities with docent–led tours available throughout the afternoon. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Closed: November 23 and 27-30.

October 12, 2014

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Western Reserve Herb Society 69th Annual Fair

Cleveland Botanical Garden
11030 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106

Parking Free with Garden Admission

This year's 69th Annual Herb Fair has a new and exciting look, so exciting we have a completely new name..."Herbal Garden Market".
We will still have all the wonderful homemade products that you have always enjoyed, however the talented members of the Western Reserve Herb Society are also hard at work designing new products for you to enjoy, featuring homemade delights such as cocktail mixers among them such classics as Spicy Blood Mary Mix and Apple Cider Manhattan Mix.

On Fair day you will also be able to learn about Artemisia, the International Herb Associates, Herb of the Year. You can see various Artemisias growing in our beautiful herb garden and how we use this versatile herb in bouquets, wreaths and potpourri.

We are excited this year to have three outstanding vendors joining us. Perennials Preferred, Auburn Pointe Greenhouse and Mulberry Creek Herb Farm will be at the Herb Fair with beautiful perennials, native plants, fairy gardens and garden themed gifts to inspire you.

Pick us some great ideas for elegant and easy entertaining and decorating for the holidays as you enjoy our three guest speakers; Will Lynch of Lynch Floral Designs, Beth Schreibman Gehring of Stirring the Senses and Cleveland Heights Chef, Robin Blair.

The proceeds from the Herb Fair support WRHS scholarships to students and our renowned Western Reserve Herb Society Herb Garden.

New this year!!! Credit cards will be accepted!


Mid-Atlantic District:

Delaware, Virginia, Southern New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina, D.C.

September 13 & 20, 2014

10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

New! Herbarium Workshop

National Herb Garden
Meet in the Visitor Center


Preserve plants for posterity! The art and science of pressing, mounting, and labeling plants has been the basis of botany for centuries and continues today. Once preserved, the samples are filed in an herbarium to provide reference for scientists worldwide. The specimens can also be framed to create a “botanically correct” way to display your favorite plants. Arboretum botanist Dr. Robert Webster leads this two-session, hands-on workshop which includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the National Arboretum’s 650,000+ specimen herbarium, plus all materials and instruction for you to create five pressed specimens to take home.

Session 1, September 13: Tour the herbarium, collect and choose plant samples to preserve, learn to use the press and the drier.
Session 2, September 20: Mount the samples; create and attach botanically accurate labels. Take home and enjoy! (Frame on your own.) Fee: $39 ($31 FONA) Registration required.

October 3 & 4, 2014



Green Man Rising

2014 Mid Atlantic District Meeting

hosted by the North Carolina Unit

October 3 and 4, 2014
Greensboro, North Carolina

Excitement is starting to build among all of the units of the Mid Atlantic Districts as we get closer to the 2014 District Gathering on October 3-4. The North Carolina unit’s committee chairs have been hard at work planning an exciting reception on Friday night and a social symposium
and luncheon on Saturday.

Please make plans to attend these events and visit with members of other units as well as enjoy all the planned activities.

Friday night will be a catered Hors d’oeuvres reception at the Weir-Jordan House from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. To start off the exciting “Green Man Rising” theme, we will have two local vendors set up for wonderful free tastings. Starrlight Mead, located in Pittsboro, is North Carolina’s newest honey winery using local NC honey. The other vendor will be the Green Man Brewery from Asheville
who will bring different flavors of their Green Man Beers.
Both will conduct free tastings and Starrlight Mead will have products available for purchase.

Saturday will be an exciting day filled with meetings, a Chinese Auction, vendors and a surprise guest you won’t want to miss!

There will be an NC Unit Re-Store with many white elephant items ready to be purchased (with proceeds going to the District Fund), a book sale with many new and gently used plant and herb books, some wonderful vendors including Dick Annand’s Longnecker Garden Tools, Dexter Covington’s Metal Sculptures, Billi Parus Crafts, Jellies and Vinegars etc., Gail Edmundson’s Green Man Jewelry and Clay, HSA Headquarters Merchandise and many unique and beautiful items made by our own members for the Renegade Krafters’ tables. This will be the first place you will want to visit as there will be a variety of hand-made scarves and jewelry, hand-painted rocks, lavender fans and other one of a kind items.

Saturdays luncheon will feature a Southern Comfort buffet including
bar-b-que, southern herb fried chicken, hushpuppies, cole slaw, deviled eggs, baked beans, corn on the cob and apple cobbler.

Kathy Schlosser will give a fascinating and informative presentation on the myth and mystery of the Green Man over the years,

Ros Pope will talk about our Rosemary Collection and its recovery from this year’s damaging winter,

Martha Hartley will give a presentation on the Landscape History of Old Salem Gardens and

Justin Leonard will speak on the Edible Schoolyard at the Greensboro Children’s Museum

The District Unit Representatives will each give a short update on what the members in their units have been doing and have planned for this year. The luncheon will feature a Southern Comfort buffet including bar-b-que, southern herb fried chicken, hushpuppies, cole slaw, deviled eggs, baked beans, corn on the cob and apple cobbler. Join your Herb Society of America friends in Greensboro, North Carolina this fall for our 2014 Mid Atlantic District Meeting.

Members of the North Carolina Unit have been working to make this another enjoyable and informative event, as well as a time for sharing
our experiences with one another.

 Consider this a personal invitation to join us as Fall begins, colors start to change, and the Green Man smiles down upon you.

Come early or stay late and enjoy

Click on links below for complete descriptions of the Program, Registration Form and Lodging Information.

Revised Mid-Atlantic District Gathering Program and Events
Revised Mid-Atlantic District Gathering Registration Form
Revised Mid-Atlantic District Gathering Hotel Information

October 11, 2014

1:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Under the Arbor: Chile Peppers

National Herb Garden

Hot, hotter, and hottest! Taste-test a variety of peppers, sample chile-based foods, watch live demonstrations, and pick up informational materials at this annual event celebrating the cultivation and use of chile peppers. Explore the National Herb Garden’s extensive collection of over 60 varieties, including some of the world’s hottest peppers. The Under the Arbor series presents informal, drop-in demonstrations on herb-related topics in the National Herb Garden. Presented by members of the Mid-Atlantic Units of the Herb Society of America. Free.


October 14, 2014

10:00 a.m.

Pennsylvania Heartland Unit
Herbal Delights Luncheon Symposium

Stokesay Castle
Spook Lane
Reading, PA


The PA Heartland Unit will be holding their annual Herbal Delights Luncheon Symposium at the notable Stokesay Castle.  The event will include three speakers, vendors, raffle, educational display and luncheon.  Join us to hear about "Preparing Appetizers for the Holidays," from Debbie Mosimann; "Table Settings for Your Holiday Entertaining," from Mary and Don Haldeman; and "Herbal Liqueurs and Gifts for Your Best Friends," from PA Heartland members. 

For further information and a registration form visit website phhsa.homestead.com

September 11 - 13, 2015

Save the Date!

2015 Mid-Atlantic District Gathering
35th Anniversary of the National Herb Garden


Northeast District:

Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Eastern New York, Connecticut, Northern and Central New Jersey, Eastern Canada



South Central District

Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas, Missouri

September 19 & 20, 2014

South Central District Fall Gathering
You are invited to attend the South Central District Gathering
of The Herb Society of America

Texas Tough Herbs & Natives
in Fredericksburg, Texas

Fredericksburg Inn & Suites
1.800.446.0202 room reservations cut off date August 19, 2014

Featured Speakers include:
Gayle Southerland – “Happy in Heat and Drought: Herbs that Thrive in Texas Summers.” and
Bill Varney - Urban Herbal

Friday features an area wine tour, shopping and touring in historic Fredericksburg.

For more information visit the links below:

Gathering Invitation and Lodging Information
District Gathering Schedule of Events and Speakers
District Gathering 2014 Registration

Southeast District

Arkansas, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, and offshore East

October 2-4, 2014


Southeast District Meeting and Gathering

Ozark Folk Center State Park
Mountain View, Arkansas

Join us as we return to partner with the Ozark Folk Center State Park to explore the foods, folkways and "Herbs of the British Isles".

2014 Southeast District gathering invitation, includes program details, registration and more!

Ozark Folk Center’s Heritage Herb Garden

25th Annual Herb Harvest Fall Festival

Foods, Folkways and Herbs of the British Isles to the Ozarks

October 2, 2014 *High Tea Supper* Dress Your Best!

October 3 and 4, 2014 *Workshops*

Guests at the Cabins at Dry Creek are encouraged to ride our free shuttle departing from the Cabin’s office during the entire event. 

On Thursday night the shuttle will begin at 5:30 p.m. All other guests are welcome to park in the Skillet parking lot, located below the restaurant. The garden reception will begin at 6 p.m.

The Skillet Restaurant opens at 7 a.m. If you are a guest of the Cabins at Dry Creek, on Friday and Saturday, the first shuttle will run at 7:05 a.m. from the Cabins’ Office. If you are staying elsewhere, please park in the large parking lot near the General Store and Loco Ropes and ride the free shuttle, starting at 7:00 a.m.

Sessions begin in the White Oak Auditorium in the Administration Building

Friday, October 3, 2014

8:00-9:00         Meeting of the Herb Society of America—Southeastern District
9:00-9:15         Short Break
9:15-9:30         Welcome and Morning Announcements             
9:30-10:30       Field Notes of British, Irish, and Scots-Irish Folk Uses of Medicinal Plants and Corresponding Ozark TraditionsJustin Nolan
10:30-11:00     Wild Immigrant PlantsAnnie Osborn
11:00-11:30     Ozark Herbal Wisdom Rooted in Bristol, EnglandThe Widow Wilcox
11:30-12:00     Visit the Herbal Merchants and the Ozark Folk Center State Park Craft Village
12:00-12:30   Noon Program on the Dr. Bessie Moore Deck in the Craft Village School Yard
12:45-2:15     Settlers Dinner in the Skillet Restaurant (Noonday meal is included in registration)
2:15-2:45         Foliate Faces: The Legend of the Green ManSusan Belsinger
2:45-3:15         Florilegiums, Floras, and the Importance of Botanical IllustratorsKathleen Connole
3:15-3:45         Rest a Spell with a glass of Iced Tea or Elderberry Shrub
3:45-4:15         Cou the Nettle Early: Instructions for the Care and Harvest of Nettles in Scottish Rhyme­—Rix White
4:15-4:30         Short Break      
4:30-5:00         Gardens of the Emerald IsleSusan Belsinger

Saturday, October 4, 2014

7:30-9:00         Optional: Traditional Full English Breakfast in the Skillet (on your own)
9:00-9:15         Morning Announcements
9:15-9:45         The Plant Explorers of the British IslesKathleen Connole
9:45-10:15       To Ireland and Back with the PotatoPhyllis Williams
10:00-10:15   Short break to set the stage
10:15-11:45     The Pleasures of Irish Cookery: From “Tatties and Neeps” to Colcannon and ChampSusan Belsinger
12:00-12:30     Noon Program on the Dr. Bessie Moore Deck in the Craft Village School Yard
12:45-2:15       Dinner, British Isles-Style in the Skillet (Noonday meal is included in registration)            
2:15-2:45         History and Mysteries of the Dyes of the Scottish TartansJeanette Larson
2:45-3:15         The Wardian Case, a Scotsman, and a Plant that Changed the WorldKathleen Connole
3:15-4:15         A Proper Afternoon Tea in the Skillet
4:15-4:30         An Ode to Olde HerballsThe Jolly Green Jester

 About Our Speakers

Susan Belsinger is a culinary herbalist, educator, food writer, and photographer who is passionate about herbs and her work—sharing the joy of gardening and cooking through teaching and writing—and inspiring others to get in touch with all of their senses, especially smell and taste. She loves coming to the Ozark Folk Center where her creativity is unleashed; she gets to work and play with the garden gals; create menus and recipes, cook and eat for special events; visit with the folks whom she considers good friends; hike in the Ozarks; paddle and cool off in the Buffalo; enjoy the great music, crafts and wildlife; take lots of photos and be inspired by like-minded individuals. She is a firm believer in mixing business with pleasure.

Kathleen Connole, horticulturist for the Ozark Folk Center, grew up in the Missouri Ozarks where she spent many days exploring those hills, streams, and rock formations. Formal training in ornamental horticulture at the University of Missouri led to work as a greenhouse grower, container garden designer, and internships at Powell Gardens, Kansas City’s botanical garden. Backpack and canoe trips on the Buffalo National River motivated Kathleen and husband Jeffrey to uproot themselves from their small town outside of Kansas City, where they raised their three children, and transplant to the hills of Arkansas. A desire to learn specifically about growing herbs resulted in Kathleen’s attending Tina Marie Wilcox’s Ozark Folk School class, and soon thereafter becoming a gardener at OFC. In keeping with the mission of the Ozark Folk Center, Kathleen has been researching the origins and natural history of the plants growing in the Heritage Herb Garden, useful natives of both the Ozarks and the worlds faraway from which the settlers once came.

Jeanette Larson, Craft Director at the Ozark Folk Center State Park, was raised by a mother who loves plaids. Her family history includes clan lore. Jeanette’s love of fiber arts led her to create in the crafts that make up Scottish Tartans. Jeanette raises Jacob Sheep, spins their wool into yarn, dyes the yarn with natural and commercial dyes, weaves the yarn into cloth and fulls the cloth into wearable wraps. She has woven tartans for Renaissance Festival Scots Clan members. She has studied the traditional dyeing of tartan yarns, which is a story full of surprises. When she’s not at the Park, you are likely to find Jeanette tending her garden full of vegetables and dye plants, cooking up useful concoctions in her farmstead kitchen or nibbling interesting green foods in these Ozark hills with her sheep and goats.

Justin M. Nolan, PhD is associate professor and vice-chair of the anthropology department at the University of Arkansas. Nolan completed his doctorate at the University of Missouri in 2000. His research interests include ethnobiology, the study of humans and their relationships with native flora and fauna, medical anthropology, the study of health belief systems, and cultural conservation, the study of region-specific folkways and traditions. Nolan has examined traditional plant-based medicine in the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains, historic hunting and fishing practices in the Piney Woods of South Arkansas and North Louisiana, and traditional foodways in the Arkansas Delta. He recently completed a federally-funded project in Cherokee Nation designed to safeguard and perpetuate Cherokee language, culture, and wild plant food procurement in Northeast Oklahoma. Dr. Nolan is past president of the Society of Ethnobiology, and has authored 35 articles and book chapters. His most recent book, Wild Harvest in the Heartland: Ethnobotany in Missouri's Little Dixie, was published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2008. Presently, Nolan is investigating the geographic continuity of British and Irish plant use traditions through the Ozarks and points westward in the rural US.

As a child, Rix White always wondered at the legend that dandelions were edible, although no one could ever tell him what part to eat or how to prepare it. At the age of ten, he moved to the foothills of the Ozarks, and his grandmother took him into his own backyard and showed him all the things she remembered eating during the Great Depression: poke, lamb’s-quarters, amaranth, and more. When he got to college, he stumbled upon a copy of Billy Joe Tatum's Wild Field Guide and Cookbook where he finally learned how to harvest and prepare dandelions. He has spent the last two decades wandering the waysides, gathering plants from the land and gleaning lore from those that have wandered before him. These days, you might spy him on the campus of the University of Arkansas, hunched over the lawn of Old Main, gathering weeds for his lunch.

Annie Osborn is the newest member of the garden team at the Ozark Folk Center. She grew up in Mount Olive, Arkansas and has always had an affinity for the outdoors and the things that nature has to offer. She is a recent graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where she pursued a degree in Anthropology with a focus on Ozark folk culture. For her senior thesis about Ozark folk medicine and herbals, she decided to volunteer at the OFC last summer to work with head gardener and herbalist Tina Wilcox. After graduating in May, she began working at the OFC to continue her education of plants, folklore, and medicine of the Ozarks.

Tina Marie Wilcox has been the head gardener and herbalist at the Ozark Folk Center's Heritage Herb Garden in Mountain View, Arkansas since 1984. She writes a weekly herb and garden column entitled “Yarb Tales” for the Stone County Leader and the Ozark Folk Center’s weekly e-letter. She is a well-seasoned herbal educator, entertainer and co-author of The Creative Herbal Home. The Widow Wilcox and the Jolly Green Jester are two of many characters which Tina has created to engage audiences in the enjoyment of herbs.

Phyllis Williams lives on a small farm just outside Evening Shade, Arkansas with her wonderful husband David, who has always been willing to try any wild foods she cooks. She is an RN who performs home health care with Community Home Health Care out of Highland, Arkansas. She enjoys gardening, growing and working with herbs in cooking, cleaning and medicinal remedies. She walks and rides her mules, looking at plants and hunting wild edibles. Phyllis is the Vice President of the Herb Society of America-Ozark Unit, headquartered at the Ozark Folk Center State Park. She volunteers in the Folk Kids’ Mountain Garden and actively serves in all of the Unit’s service projects for the Heritage Herb Garden.

A limited number of rooms are blocked for reservations now at the Dry Creek Lodge at a group rate of $70 plus taxes. Call 1.800.264.3655 and mention Southeast District Herb Society of America for this rate. Rates will be honored for 3 days prior and 3 days after our gathering for those who want to explore the Ozarks more.
Cut off date for reservations is September 2, 2014. Rooms will be released to the public after that date.

For more information contact:
Rae McKimm

or P.J. Stamps-Kitchen

West District

California, Arizona, New Mexico, Idaho, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oregon, Montana, Utah, Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, Wyoming, Western Canada, Mexico, and offshore West