Our most frequently asked questions

Q: What is an herb?
A: The term 'herb' has more than one definition: botanists describe an herb simply as 'a small, seed bearing plant with fleshy, rather than woody, parts*' — in fact, the term refers to a far wider range of plants! In addition to herbaceous perennials, herbs include trees, shrubs, annuals, vines, and more primitive plants, such as ferns, mosses, algae, lichens, and fungi.

Herbs are valued for their flavor, fragrance, medicinal and healthful qualities, economic and industrial uses, pesticidal properties, and for the coloring of textiles.

*from which we get the term 'herbaceous'

Q: What are your office hours?
A: We are open from 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday – Thurday; Closed Fri – Sunday. When calling our offices, remember we are located in northeast Ohio, in the Eastern Standard Time (EST). We are 1 hours ahead of Central Time, 2 hours ahead of Mountain Standard Time and 3 hours ahead of the Pacific Standard Time.

Q: How long has The Herb Society of America been active?
A: The Herb Society of America was founded 1933 to promote, educate and investigate herb use and it's history in our culture.

Q: How large is your organization?
A: There are currently around 2,200 members, represented by more than forty units of The Herb Society of America, located across the United States. We do have a few international members.

Q: Do you sell plants?
A: No, we do not sell plants but we can recommend local and national resources for plants and seeds; we are dedicated to herb education, herb use, and enjoyment of herbs.

Q: Does your staff have voicemail?
A: No, we do not have an individual voicemail system – we only have a general message system.

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