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Enjoy catching up with old friends and meeting new ones while enjoying a diverse range of programs focusing on the botany, horticulture, use and delight of herbs.

The popular Festival of Flavor and Fragrance will be back. Guided by herbal experts, you’ll have the opportunity to be up close and personal with all things herbal.

Other events during the conference include the opening reception and Vendor Marketplace, the Annual Meeting of Members and the Awards and Recognition Dinner. This year’s award winners, and those receiving Rosemary Circle pins and Golden Sage pins, will be honored during the Awards and Recognition Dinner.

The Vendor Marketplace will open for a preview on Wednesday, May 6 from 1–4:30pm, then officially opens on Thursday, May 7 from 9am–8pm. At 6:30pm enjoy a guest reception in the Vendor Marketplace with a choice of small tastings and a cash bar. Please plan to have dinner on your own. Lists of local restaurants will be provided at registration.


A Tour of the College of William & Mary’s Greenhouse
on the rooftop of Millington Hall............................................4:00-5:30pm
500 Landrum Drive, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Dining at the College of William & Mary’s Historic Alumni House

Hors d’Oeuvres & Libations (Cash Bar)................................5:00-6:15pm

Tidewater Pig Pickin’ & Groaning Board................................6:15pm
Traditional Southern Pig Roast & Buffet Dinner 
Learn more about a Pig Pickin' & Groaning Board and View the Menu
500 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Limited to 150 Guests Cost: $65.00
Dinner Reservation Due by April 30, 2015

The College of William and Mary’s Alumni House has been a home of hospitality and comfort since the 1860’s when the Bright family built this original part of the house on their farm, New Hope. This antebellum structure is only one of a few buildings on campus that remains from the Civil War era and has served a variety of roles. Today it is sought for its beauty, its historical significance, and warm welcome.

PRE-CONFERENCE TOURS     Thursday, May 7

During the Pre- and Post-Conference Tours, four of the herb gardens that are cared for by Colonial Triangle Unit are open to all registrants. Unit members will serve as hosts, so please stop by, say hello and admire their handywork!

The following programs and tours have a herb garden emphasis, with tours starting at 10–11:30am and again at 2–3:30pm. When filling out the Registration Form, select your first choice for tour attendance with a 1, second choice with a 2 and third choice with a 3. No charge with Colonial Williamsburg Pass, included in registration or may be purchased for guests of registered members.

As there is no organized HSA lunch, feel free to explore and find your meal individually. Make sure to check the Colonial Williamsburg Shopping and Dining Guide for a listing of delightful dining options.

Through the Garden Gate
Venture through the gates into the gardens to learn about the archaeological and historical documentation used in re-creating Colonial Williamsburg’s gardens.

Gardens of Gentility
This walking tour looks at how gentility and status were reflected in 18th century Williamsburg gardens. Guests will visit gardens along Palace Green.

   Prints, Samplers & Quilts
    On a guided tour at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, view
   18th century botanical prints, needlework samplers, quilts and other
   objects decorated with garden designs. Learn how and why gardening was
    incorporated into material culture and became such an important
    decorative motif several hundred years ago.

   Rubbish, Treasures & Colonial Life –
   The Archaeology Labs

   View archaeological objects and learn about current research being
   undertaken by the archaeological staff. Gain insight into excavation
   techniques, curatorial efforts, and the functions of various labs.



   The Floral Style of Colonial Williamsburg     
   Clark Taggart
   Mr. Taggart’s talk presents the history and development of the   
   Williamsburg floral style and the people who created it. Mr. Taggart
   explains the important role Williamsburg played in creating a unique
   American style.
Clark Taggart is the Floral Manager/Designer of the Colonial Williamsburg floral design studio.

   The Importance of the “Green Man Myth” Today     
   Susan Belsinger and Art Tucker

   The anthropomorphic figure of the Green Man has celebrated the renewal
   of life throughout history. Green Man provides a way to reconnect to
   Mother Earth and the natural world, and can improve our sense of well-
   being and our creativity. This talk explores both the ancient myths and their relevance to today’s society.
Susan Belsinger is a culinary herbalist, educator, food writer, photographer, and author. Art Tucker is an award-winning botanist and currently emeritus professor at Delaware State University.

   Herbs for Pleasure and Purpose:
   Honoring the Past — Planting the Future
   Susan Betz

   Professional herb growers, garden designers, and home gardeners will   
   learn how to successfully integrate herbs into gardens and into the daily
   lives of their owners. The presentation provides up-to-date information on
gardening trends, growing tips, and ways to help gardeners develop a more personal relationship with their gardens.
Susan Betz is an author, teacher, lecturer, conservationist, and seller of herbs and native plants and a charter member of the Michigan Herb Associates.

   Shuttles, Sweet Bags, and Syrups:
   Colonial Uses of Plants
   Laura Viancour

   Early American colonists relied on plants in their daily lives. From the
   delicate violet to the majestic oak, plants improved the colonists’ quality of
   life in a variety of ways. The talk will show the importance of trees, shrubs, and herbs in the livelihood of our colonial ancestors.
Laura is Manager of Landscape Services at Colonial Williamsburg and is responsible for the maintenance of the 301-acre Historic Area.

  Native Herbal Traditions in the Historic Southeast
   Nancy Egloff
   This talk examines the diverse benefits of more than thirty native herbs.   
   Some, like cotton, ginseng, witch hazel, and sassafras, even supported
   cottage industries among the settlers. Native American herbal wisdom
   continues to inspire our general well-being. Additional aspects of
ethnobotany will be discussed.

   The Herb Gardens of Williamsburg     
   Don Haynie and others

   Six herb gardens in historic Colonial Williamsburg are maintained by
   volunteers. The design of each herb garden is based on the history of the
   site, its inhabitants, and the uses of herbs in the 18th century. The research
   into the gardens, their locations and histories, and the resulting garden
designs are explained.
Don Haynie is director of the Colonial Williamsburg Herb Gardens and lecturer, a long time HSA member and recipient of the Nancy Putnam Howard Award of Excellence in Horticulture. Four HSA members and Garden Team Captains – Carol Schmidt, Dee Albright, Mary Lib Pullar, and Sandra Helsel – will assist in the presentation.


Italian Liqueurs – History and Art of a Creation     
Renato Vicario

The creation of a fine liqueur mirrors the art of a fine painting. This talk explores how traditions developed and will provide practical knowledge about how to create home-made liqueurs. It will present the medicinal and cultural importance of making liqueurs through the centuries.
On their 25-acre farm and vineyards in Tuscany, Italy, Renato Vicario and his wife practice biodynamic growing techniques. He loves home-made liqueurs and searches for the historical origin of each one.

The History of Landscape Design in America:
Jamestown, VA to High Line, NYC
Kirk Brown

Mr. Brown presents an overview of the gardens of North America and the trends that made them over the last four centuries. The program takes a substantial look at how herbs influenced plant selections, explorations, and garden designs through the years. The speaker includes examples from public and private gardens across America.
Mr. Brown is an author, lecturer, garden designer and business consultant, and currently vice president of the Garden Writers Association. He has organized meetings and tours of major arboretums and botanic gardens, and interprets the life and work of John Bartram for audiences around the country.

Bringing Nature Home     
Douglas Tallamy

The author of the informative and inspirational book, Bringing Nature Home, will explain the importance of biodiversity and the role of native plants in helping us sustain it. The importance of choices made by gardeners will be emphasized, along with a passionate plea for the inclusion of native plants in our gardens.
Doug Tallamy, a professor at the University of Delaware, author and lecturer, is an entomologist with an interest in the conservation of biodiversity and the impact of alien plants on native ecosystems. He is currently quantifying the degree to which alien plant species are reducing populations of native insect herbivores and the animals that depend on them.

The Garden Aesthetic     
Debra Knapke

This talk explores current concepts of what a garden should be. The speaker will explain how herbs fit into different categories of the garden aesthetic.
Debra Knapke is the HSA Honorary President, 2014-2016. She has taught in the landscape program at the Columbus State Community College in Ohio. Debra is an organic gardener, author, and lecturer. She blogs regularly at The Garden Sage www.debrathegardensage.com.

A New Garden with a History     
Holly Shimizu

Holly and her husband live in a home built in 1730. They have designed and installed an herb garden that respects the age of the house and the historic district to which it belongs. The design takes into account the aesthetic of the neighborhood. The program highlights the steps taken, the sustainable methods used, and the lessons learned.
Ms. Shimizu was the first Curator the National Herb Garden, Managing Director of the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and Executive Director of the U.S. Botanic Garden. In addition to winning numerous awards, she’s an accomplished lecturer and writer.

2016 Notable Native Herb   
The Native Herb Conservation Committee's hard work will be outlined as we introduce the Notable Native for 2016. By focusing on a genus, instead of a specific species, more of us will have the opportunity to know and grow the Notable Native for next year.

2016 Promising Plants 
The Promising Plants program now includes the Notable Native, as well as the Herb of the Year for 2016, and we will present them, as well as two annuals, two perennials, and two shrubs/trees/vines as our selection for 2016. We're sure you will be delighted and enthused by the variety and uniqueness of the plants.


The Festival of Flavor and Fragrance provides interactive experiences for conference attendees. This year the Festival will include:
      • A John Bartram enactor
      • National Herb Garden
      • Powhatan Indian Uses of Plants
      • Native Herb Conservation Committee
      • Sample tasting of Shrubs
      • Promising Plants and Seed Exchange
      • James River Association
      • African American Use of Plants
      • Pomanders
      • HSA Seed Exchange
      • Williamsburg Style Decorations
      • Current HSA Research Grant Project


Plantation Tour
Visit Westover, Berkeley and Shirley Plantations and their grounds, all situated within a few miles of one another, along the James River about an hour from Williamsburg. These 3 gracious manor homes have figured prominently in the history of this country, and have been built or occupied by important Virginia families and a past president. Westover is a private home and will open for us by special appointment. Tour leaves at 8am, returning at approximately 5pm.
Limited to 75 persons. Box lunch provided. $85.00 per person.

The Pleasures of Pomanders – A Workshop
Beginning at 9:30, participants learn the role of pomanders since the 13th century (as a form of disinfectant and aromatherapy), the different types, and how they were made. While making their own pomander to take home, participants will learn the best materials and methods for making a long-lasting fruit pomander. Each person leaves with two pomanders.
Pat Kenny, a 35 year HSA member, has researched pomanders in HSA unit journals, magazine articles, and books. Pat has extensive experience making pomanders, and has conducted several workshops for her unit and local garden clubs. $25 per person.

Twelve Culinary Herbs Everyone
Should Grow, Know and Use
At 10:00, view a lovely and informative program highlighting growing tips and recipes for herbs we should all have in our gardens, whether our gardens are in the suburbs, on a farm, or in the city.
Presented by H.S.A. member Don Haynie. No charge for HSA members

A Chef's Tour and Tasting–Herbs Equal Flavor
Offered at 10am and again at 11:30, beginning with a brief garden herb gathering, then adjourning to the Chef’s Room, where Executive Chef Rhys Lewis will demonstrate recipes for Roasted Beet Salad with Feta Mint Pesto, Rosemary Poached Pear with Basil Ice-Cream, and Lavender White Chocolate Cake.
$65.00 per person. Each session limited to 30 persons.

Please come prepared for inclement weather.