The Texas Thyme Unit of The Herb Society of America
Inspired by legendary and beloved East Texas herbalist, Madalene Hill, a group of excited and talented gardeners founded the Texas Thyme Unit of the Herb Society of America in March of 2009 in Huntsville, TX. The founding group of 17 members began meeting in member homes where savory herbal luncheons were shared and friendships deepened over a growing knowledge of herbs, their use and cultivation.
As the Unit grew, the group found a new home for their meetings at the lovely, historic Wynne Home in Huntsville. In the spring of 2011, members designed and planted an herb garden on the grounds of the home. The garden was named the Ella Ruth Herb garden after Ruth and Samuella Wynne who lived in the Wynne Home as young girls in the early 20th century. The garden was planted near a very old pecan tree and was designed to be an educational exhibit of herbs that grow well in the Huntsville area. Medicinal, culinary, biblical and fragrant herbs were planted in the garden. The garden is a focal point at the back of the home. The installation of a Children’s Sensory Garden is planned for the fall 0f 2014.
The mission of the Texas Thyme Unit is to promote the knowledge, use and delight of herbs through educational programs, research and sharing. The Unit eagerly gives programs for many community groups. In March of 2012, the group began the annual Herb Festival at the Wynne Home, as a major fundraiser. This spring event is a free event to the public. The Festival is a celebration of herbs with a sale of herbs grown by members, lectures and demonstrations, musicians, artists and vendors set up around the grounds of the Wynne Home.
The Texas Thyme Unit meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Wynne Home on 1428 Eleventh Street in Huntsville at 10:00AM. Membership is open to anyone who wishes to expand their knowledge of herbs. The Unit is a 501(c)3 organization. Fundraising proceeds go toward educational programs and the maintenance and expansion of the Ella Ruth Herb Garden at the Wynne Home.