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Central District:

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

August 1, 205


7th Annual Northeast Wisconsin HerbFest
Presented by the Northeast Wisconsin Unit

Location: Planhigion Herbal Learning Center
N6935 Hwy 55
Seymour, Wisconsin 54165
5 miles south of Seymour on Highway 55

9:00am Tea Tasting
10:15 am Hypertufa pot making (pre-registration and fee required)
11:00 am Culinary Herbs-lots of samples
Lunch available on site
1:00opm Medicinal Herbs-Demos on Fire Cider, Elderberry Syrups
2:00pm Making Lip Balms
2;45pm Introducing Herbs to Kids
All Day: Vendors, plants, dream pillow, Green Man display, Green Man Mask Making and more...

For more information contact: scentedgardens@msn.com

Great Lakes District:

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

August 15, 2015


Annual Summer Garden Tours

3903 Grayton Street
Detroit, MI 48224

Designed as an experiential and educational space, Cheryl’s garden includes over 30 Clematis, representing over 10 species as well as large-flowering hybrids, and over 200 species of native plants, ranging from Spring ephemerals to large trees.

Take advantage of this opportunity to become acquainted with some of the lesser-known small-flowering species Clematis varieties and the beauties of our native flora.

We also feature local garden art, live music and refreshments, as well as at least one hands-on workshop. (There is a charge for the workshops. The rest of the event is free and open to the public.). 

Contact Cheryl at cenglish@blackcatpottery.com for additional information. Register for the workshops at www.blackcatpottery.com or e-mail Cheryl for other registration options.


August 21 & 22 2015

Save the Date!

Great Lakes District Gathering

Lakeside, Marblehead, Ohio

The Gathering at Lakeside
Come join us for a relaxing
step back in time for a two
day gathering. We hope you
will be able to come on Friday
to enjoy Lakeside.

On your way to Lakeside, Mark and
Karen Langan have invited us to stop
for a visit at Mulberry Creek Herb
Farm. They are normally closed at this
time of the year, but will be open for us
to visit from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. Stop in, say Hi, and enjoy their garden.

Plan on spending the rest of your Friday at Lakeside Chautauqua. Your gate fee
includes full access to all that Lakeside has to offer and is included in your
registration. You can play putt-putt, shuffleboard, enjoy the beach, sit in the
pavilion and read a book, eat ice cream or enjoy the shopping district. There are
many places to buy lunch, so purchase a box lunch, take it down to the many
picnic tables and enjoy the lake

Friday evening we will be having dinner (on
your own) at the Hotel Lakeside, a Historical
Landmark with relaxing views of the Lake Erie
Islands. After dinner the evening is yours to
enjoy. The evening entertainment is the
Lakeside Symphony’s closing concert
featuring violinist Michael Ferri in the Hoover

Saturday Morning we will start the day after breakfast in Chautauqua Hall and
Lakeside’s CEO, Kevin Sibling will welcome us and then our host Jan Hilty will
take us on a guided garden tour featuring Lakeside’s herb garden, Ohio’s “Most
Beautiful Mile” with gardens all along the lake, the tranquil Memorial Garden
and ending in the community gardens. It is a 2-3 mile walk so dress comfortably
and be prepared to tour rain or shine. There are many places to sit and rest along
the way. Rental golf carts will also be available.

Our afternoon will include Debra Knapke, HSA Honorary President, who will
speak to us about”Simplifying Your Garden without Diminishing Your Joy”.
Debra’s powerpoint presentation will use photos of her own garden and others’
to provide inspiration for the creation of a simpler, blissful garden. Susan Betz,
will then share information about HSA’s Green Bridges program and Pat Crocker
will show us how to “Put More Herbs on Your Fork!” Pat will share her love of
herbs and will show us how to harness their healing benefits as she turns a
traditional herbal standby into three different, fast, fresh
dishes, using only her mortar and pestle.
Pat’s new book will be
available for purchase.

Hotel accommodations are at The Fountain Inn on the grounds of
Lakeside and include Complimentary Continental Breakfast
2 Queen beds- $140.00
2 Full Beds or 1Queen or 1 King $132.00
1 Full or 2 Twin beds $111.00
Please call 419-798-4461 ext.230 to make your own reservations.
Deadline July 22, 2015 tell them you are with Herb Society of America

Clck here to view the invitation and registration information

September 17 through December 17, 2015

The Mysterious Nature of Fungi

Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation
5th Floor, Hunt Library
Carnegie Mellon University
4909 Few Street
Pittsburgh, PA 151213

This exhibit gives an overview fo these mysterious organisms that are found almost everywhere on this planet and are the cause of both bliss and blight.
Join us Thursday, September 17 5-7pm, for the opening reception. We will also open on Saturday and Sunday, October 10 & 1, 1-4pm during Carnegie Mellon University's Ceilidh Weekend Festivities. On Saturday join our curator throughout the afternoon for tours of the exhibition. On Sunday (1:30-2:30pm) Richard Jacob, a biochemist by trade and president of the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club, will present the talk "Mushroom Clubs: Citizen science in action!". Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-noon and 1-5pm; Sunday, 1-4pm Closed November 22, 26 through 29, 2015.

October 10, 2015


Western Reserve Herb Society's
70th Herb Fair

Watch for more information coming soon!


Mid-Atlantic District:

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

September 11 - 13, 2015

Save the Date!

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

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Welcome reception at the United States Botanic Garden
(Registration table available)
Evening Dinner on your own. There will be a restaurant list in your welcome bag.

Breakfast on your own
8:15 - 9:00am
Registration at the United States National Arboretum
Vendor sales, silent auction bidding
9:00 - 10:00am
Welcome and District Meeting
Penni St. Hilaire - Potomac Unit Chair
Cindy Meier - Mid Atlantic District member Delegate
10:00 - 10:30am
Break - vendor sales, silent auction bidding
10:30 - 10:45am
Welcome - Richard T. Olsen, Ph.D., Director, United States
National Arboretum
10:45 - 11:45am
Ancient Wisdom for Contemporary Living: A 20th Century Herbal.
Michael Balick, Ph.D., Vice President and Director, Institute of Economic Botany, The New York Botanical Garden
11:45am - 12:00pm
Break - book signing and sales, vendor sales, silent auction bidding
12:00 - 1:15pm
Lunch - box lunch may be taken to the picnic tables outside or under the
arbor in the herb garden or to the classroom inside the building.
1:15 - 2:00pm
Understand Your Soil and Nurture your Plants. Tricia Steinhilber,
Ph.D., Department of Science and Technology, University of Maryland.
2:00 - 2:30pm
Break - last chance for vendor sales. Complete silent auction bids.
2:30 - 3:00am
The Four Curators: Holly Shimizu, Janet Walker, Jim Adams and
Chrissy Moore, “The National Herb Garden”. Adjourn to the garden.
3:15 - 4-00pm
In the herb garden with the curators.
Toast to 35 years of the National Herb Garden
Adjourn. Pick up silent auction items.

Click here for more information and the registration form

October 6, 2015


Pennsylvania Heartland Unit presents Herbal Delights Symposium

Stokesay Castle
141 Spook Lane
Reading, PA 19606

The theme for this year's symposium is "Herb for All Occasions"
Featured speaker will be former White House Chef, John Moeller. In addition, there will be a herbal speaker, luncheon, workshop, educational displays and a raffle.
Vendors will be available for your shopping pleasure.

For more information, check the PHHS Website (AFTER AUGUST 1st) at phhs.homestead.com


Northeast District:

Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Eastern New York, Connecticut, portions of New Jersey, Eastern Canada

July 29, 2015

Flora's Holiday hosted by the NorthEast Seacoast Unit

Tyco Visitor's Center
Strawbery Banke Museum
14 Hancock Street
Portsmouth, NH


Join us for Living Myth's Diane Edgecomb and Margot Chamberlin's production of Flora's Holiday, a story and music excursion into the multicultural tales that surround trees, flowers and herbs. the centerpiece of the performance: Nightingale and Rose follow the journey of Rose through the ages, weaving unusual and heartfelt myths from Persia and Greece with anecdotal tales of those who loved and nurtured the flower. The performance also features a rich harp medley of flower related tunes from around the world. See favorite garden plants revealed in a delightful new way. Expect to laugh, to be moved, to leave your cares behind. this family friendly program is suitable for children ages six and up.

Diane and Margot have been featured on NPR and at storytelling festivals, coffeehouses, theaters and garden clubs. Diane is known for her unique style of storytelling, where she embodies the various characters and sense in a tale, bringing each moment alive. for this she has won the first national Oracle Award for Storytelling Excellence in the Northeast. Margot Chamerlain's versatile approach to harp and song brings an underlying poetic weave to support each tale.

September 17, 2015


New Your Unit 67th Annual Herb Fair

John Jay Homestead Historic Site
Route 22
Katonah, New York 10536


Plants, baked goods, fresh herbs, potpourri, local honey, demonstrations, gardening aids, herbal gifts, books and more. Luncheon and delicious lovage soup may be purchased.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, e-mail herbsocietyny@gmail.com
No registration required

September, 29, 2015


Exploring Victory Gardens; How a Nation of Vegetable  Grower's Helped to Win the War hosted by the NorthEast Seacoast Unit

Tyco Visitor's Center
Strawbery Banke Museum
14 Hancock Street
Portsmouth, NH

During World War II, as part of the war effort, posters encouraged patriotic Americans to “Grow vitamins at your kitchen door” and “Eat what you can, and can what you cannot eat.” In fact, Americans needed to supplement their diets during a time of food rationing and shortages. Nearly 20 million gardeners answered the call, including many who had never wielded a hoe. Victory gardeners learned to prepare soil in beds, grow seedlings, control weeds, irrigate, and eliminate pests—raising successful crops for the duration of the war years. Join us as we explore the role of 1940s vegetable gardens, ration-book cookery, and food preservation in wartime victory. The program will include a lecture and slide show, taste-testing of foods made from period recipes, demonstration of hay box cookery, viewing of original film footage of victory gardens, and time for questions and discussion.

Judith Sumner has taught extensively at the college level and at various botanical gardens including the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and Garden in the Woods, the botanic garden of the New England Wild Flower Society in Framingham, Massachusetts. She is the author of several books including The Natural History of Medicinal Plants and American Household Botany: A History of Useful Plants 1620 -1900 as well as numerous scientific publications.  In 2007, she received the Herb Society of America’s Gertrude B. Foster Award for Excellence in Herbal Literature.

South Central District

Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas, Missouri

October 1 - 3, 2015

Herb Harvest Festival

Ozark Folk Center
1032 Park Avenue
Mountain View, AR 72560

Herb Harvest Supper-October 1, 2015
Herb Harvest Festival-October 2 & 3, 2015
Featuring nationally known herbalists, local herbal merchants and plant enthusiasts sharing their knowledge in this annual seminar.

Southeast District

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

August 27, 2015

Bugs: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Baton Rouge Unit Meeting

Burden Center
4560 Essen Lane
Baton Rouge, LA

Dr. Tim Schowalter, entomologist at LSU, will help us recognize our friends in the garden and how to encourage them, and the pests in our gardens and how to discourage them.  Dr. Schowalter's specialty is fire ants, which are spreading like mad here.

August 28, 2015

St. Fiacre Day Blessing of the Herbs and the 25th Anniversary celebration of The New Orleans Unit

Longue Vue House and Gardens
7 Bamboo Road
New Orleans, LA 70124

Please join us for the Annual St. Fiacre Day Blessing of the Herbs, at Longue Vue Gardens' Walled Herb Garden. Father Randy Roux will give the blessing. The blessing will take place at 9:30am followed by a reception with the Herb Society members in the Playhouse. Along with celebrating the city's 10th year of recovery and rebirth following Hurricane Katrina, The Herb Society of America New Orleans Unit is celebrating their 25th year. We hope you take the time to participate in this lovely ceremony and celebrate the partnership of The Herb Society of America, New Orleans Unit and Longue Vue House and Gardens staff. Remember to bring your seeds and gardening tolls to be blessed!

RSVP to Linda Franzo at lindafranzo57@gmail.com

September 12, 2015

Making Jams and Jellies with the Baton Rouge Unit

Burden Center
4560 Essen Lane
Baton Rouge, LA

This special Saturday 3-hour workshop will teach participants the fundamentals of jam and jelly making, including herbal treats, and each participant will take home a jar or 2 of their product, as well as a cookbook on jams and jellies.

This will require advance registration and a cost to cover the book and the materials.  It will be open to the public. 

Space is limited.

September 24, 2015

Cooking with French Flair
Baton Rouge Unit Meeting

Burden Center
4560 Essen Lane
Baton Rouge, LA

Noted Baton Rouge Chef, Jean French, will share his experience and expertise teaching and demonstrating his special dishes and techniques.

  Open to the public, with a $5 charge for nonmembers.

October 17, 2015
9:00 am

New Orleans Plant Sale

2202 General Pershing St.
New Orleans, LA 70115

The plant sale is held at a private residence allowing attendees to see plants in their growing state. The garden which endured 36" of water after Hurricane Katrina features a native garden, irises and a collection of Salvia. Herbs, butterfly plants, annuals and perennials will be offered for sale. At the sale, unusual varieties not readily available in the local nurseries will be available for purchase. On hand will be members of the local Herb Society Unit to help gardeners select plants for culinary and ornamental uses.

The sale will benefit the New Orleans Botanical Gardens, Longue Vue Gardens, The Herb Society of America, New Orleans Unit's education programs and other local gardening projects.

For further information contact Audrey Driscoll at driscoll@driscollantiques.com.

Be sure to "like" us on Facebook at Herb Society of New Orleans.

October 22, 2015

Keeping a Garden Diary
Baton Rouge Unit Meeting

Burden Center
4560 Essen Lane
Baton Rouge, LA

Peggy Coates, Executive Director of the LSU Hilltop Arboretum, and a fabulous gardener, keeps an online garden diary of her extensive gardens, which include photos and drawings as well as words.  When we read the old garden diaries, we almost feel compelled to pick up a quill pen and write on fine parchment paper to duplicate them, but Peggy has found ways to keep accurate records -- and the bonus of a lovely year-end book of her gardening year!  She will share her knowledge with us.

Open to guests and visitors.  $5 for nonmembers.

November 11, 2015

Baking Yeast Breads

Burden Center
4560 Essen Lane
Baton Rouge, LA

This special Saturday morning workshop will be done by Chef Christina Nicosia, Bakery Chef of the Louisiana Culinary Institute.  She will explain how to work with the living yeast and incorporate herbs and other things like fruit into both sweet breads and lean breads.  A yeast baking cookbook is included in the cost of the workshop. 

Registration online at www.hsabr.org.

December 13, 2015

Baton Rouge Unit Christmas Party

Burden Center
4560 Essen Lane
Baton Rouge, LA

Annual Christmas Party -- bring a festive treat to share.  Holiday punch will be provided along with scintillating conversation.

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

October, 15 - 19, 2015

26th Annual AHG Symposium: New Horizons
in Clinical Herbalism

YMCA of the Rockies
1101 Co Road 53
Granby, Colorado 80446

The American Herbalists Guild is pleased to present their 26th Annual Symposium featuring keynote speaker Ethan Russo. The AHG Symposium hosts some of the world's leading herbal educators, delivering cutting edge presentations on a wide range of topics in herbal medicine.

The Annual Symposium features over 40 lectures, as well as pre- and post symposium intensive, with sessions ranging from beginner to advanced. Herbal practitioners, medical professionals, students and novices can interact with renowned botanists on plant walks, join open discussion panels and meet with some of the leading companies in natural head at the vendor showcase.

This year, the Annual Symposium offers a special track of diverse classes addressing chronic disease and herbal therapies. Participants who attend four workshops in chronic disease track as well the post-symposium intensive will earn a certificate of completion in Chronic Disease and Herbal Therapies Training.

The America Herbalists Guild continues to award continuing education credits for classes taken at each year's Annual Symposium. All classes are eligible for NCCAOM PDAs; select classes are eligible for nursing credits.

For more information visit