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2014 Educational Conference Updates

Still thinking about attending the 2014 Educational Conference and Annual Meeting of Members in California?

Why? Make your reservations now! Take a vacation, enjoy the conference and explore California!

There are so many unique places to visit in California, the organized tours could not include all the sights. Here are more great places to visit during your stay in California.

Alcatraz, just the name may cause you to think “why visit a prison?” The Gardens of Alcatraz are the reason to visit this island in the San Francisco Bay.  Read more

Take some time to visit the many beautiful vineyards. Napa and Sonoma are the most famous but there are several more areas that produce excellent wines. Taste and experience wine from all of California...Read about Experience California Wines by Brian Moore, Speaker at 2014 Educational Conference.

Your Incredible Edible Herb Garden Cooking Series

With Chef Brian Doyle of SOW Food and Karen Kennedy, HSA Educator

Join us each month as we feature a flavorful course, focusing special attention on herbs. Each class will include demonstrations, tastings and recipes as well as information on how to grow, harvest and prepare the herbs used. Whether you have a traditional herb garden, grow in a patio container or shop at farmers' markets, this series is a greatway to bring the harvest into your kitchen to enhance flavor and health! Discount for participants who register for all four classes. Space is limited.

Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
All Classes will be held at
The Herb Society of America Headquarters
9019 Kirtland Chardon Road
Kirtland, OH 44094

Click here for more information and to register

Congratulations to the 2014 -2015 Grant for Educators Recipients

An Herban Garden Revolution
Wakefield High School, Raleigh, NC

Students in four classes at an urban high school in Raleigh, NC will collaborate to research herbs, design and install a garden, cultivate and harvest the herbs, and prepare and preserve the herbs. Over 150 will cultivate the gardens each year and a diverse student population of 2,900 will ultimately observe or somehow experience the herb garden. Students will construct wreaths, cook foods, and produce preserves that will be canned. This is a sustainable project that will cover numerous Agricultural Education course objectives. In addition, students will incorporate writing and 21st century skills by authoring a bi-weekly blog.

Gardening with Native and Traditional Herbs
The Arboretum at Flagstaff, Arizona

The Arboretum at Flagstaff is dedicated to educating and inspiring its 15,000+ yearly visitors about plants native to the Colorado Plateau and others adapted to Northern Arizona’s unique high-elevation environment. We propose to expand our public education programming by further developing our herb garden to benefit all visitors, including adults, children, and students of all ages.  Through this new program, we will offer education regarding native, heirloom, and traditional Native American herb and vegetable varieties of the Colorado Plateau, as well as the concept of companion planting to deter pests, attract pollinators, and encourage garden productivity.  

HSA Spring 2014 Newsletter...

is now available on line in the Members Only Section

Click here to view the HSA 2014 Spring Newsletter viewing options

Busy Baton Rouge Unit...

Baton Rouge Unit members, Rita Salman and Kathy Mullin presented an herbal tasting program to members of the American Culinary Federation. The group included students from Louisiana Culinary Institute as well as working chefs.  How surprised when 48 people showed up!

The president of the American Culinary Federation praised the program, "Thanks again for last night you were terrific!!! Looking forward to working with the Herb Society in the future."

Less than two weeks later the Baton Rouge were given a donation by the American Culinary Federation to support the efforts for the Burden Herb Garden.  You never know what may come of a presentation or building relationships.

To read more about the Baton Rouge Unit's Burden Garden
View the plans for Burden Garden

Mark Ragland, Virginia Commonwealth Unit member
shares growing a tea garden with HGTV!

Congratulations Mark!

Read the article here

New Artemesia Research

Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge is conducting research on extracts from members of the Artemisia plant species and insulin receptor signaling.


2014 Award Recipients announced

The HSA Board of Directors and the Awards Committee is please to announce the 2014 award recipients.

John Forti - Nancy  Putnam Howard Award for Excellence in Horticulture

Sue Arnold - Certificate of Achievement

Charlene Rupp - Certificate of Appreciation

For descriptions of these and other HSA awards, please refer to the awards section on the HSA website (click here) learn the criteria for each award category.

The awards committee will be pleased to begin accepting nominations for 2015.

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2014 Raffle

First Prize Winner, 2014 Educational Conference Registration and two night hotel accommodations:
Mary Doebbeling, Member at Large from Cleburne, Texas

Second Prize Winner, 2014 Educational Conference Registration
Linda Rowlett, Member of the Pioneer Unit, from Industry, Texas

See you in California!

Enjoy The Herb Society of America November Blog

This month features The Daniel Boone Homestead.

The Homestead is approximately one hour west of Philadelphia, it’s a great place to visit when traveling through Pennsylvania.


2014 HSA Herb Garden Calendar

NEW for 2014! a 5" X 7" desk sized calendar with spaces for daily notes. $6.95each plus shipping


 The original 14.5" x 10" wall size with large days for notes and a hole for hanging. $11.95each plus shipping


 Pre-orders will start on Tuesday, October 14, 2013. Click here to pre-order your 2014 calendars

Calendars will be shipped the week of November 4, 2013.

 Just in time for holiday gift giving!


Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Herb Garden Calendar Contest!

Desk size calendar cover by Hendrika Sluder, NorthEast Seacoast Unit, Northeast District

Wall size calendar cover by Jean Marsh, Texas Thyme Unit, South Central District

 Monthly Winners -
January - Sandra Osborne, Wisconsin Unit, Central District
February - Carole Kincaid, Wisconsin Unit, Central District
March - Amy Borer, Philadelphia Unit, Mid-Atlantic District
April - Hendrika Sluder, NorthEast Seacoast Unit, Northeast District
May - Jennifer Munson, NorthEast Seacoast Unit, Northeast District
June - Craig de Fasselle, Member at Large, Great Lakes District
July - Robert Walland, Member at Large, Great Lakes District
August - Jennifer Munson, NorthEast Seacoast Unit, Northeast District
September - Jean Marsh, Texas Thyme Unit, South Central District
October - Karen Kennedy, Member at Large, Great Lakes District
November - Sandra Osborne, Wisconsin Unit, Central District
December - Jean Marsh, Texas Thyme Unit, South Central District

Enjoy The Herb Society of America October Blog

Click here to enjoy herbal stories from members of The Herb Society of America.

The Fall 2013 HSA Newsletter

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New Membership Benefit

HSA MEMBERS ONLY 10% off a year subscription to The Essential Herbal Magazine.

6 issues per year full of fascinating in-depth articles which include recipes, crafting instructions, wildcrafting information and herbal lore. Whether you are new to herbs or an "old hand", you'll find lots of great information here. The print version of the magazine is available to US subscribers only. US subscribers may choose either print or PDF version. Choose from the drop-down below. Subscribers outside of the US may choose only the pdf version.The Essential Herbal is a herb magazine that you can prop up on the kitchen counter while trying recipes, take along to the the natural food store, herb shop, or garden center to help you shop for the best stuff. We originally called it an “herbal newsletter,” but since early 2004 when we began running 32 pages, it became an “herbal magazine.” There are 6 issues per year.

 Click here for Member Only discount code and to view other Member Only discounts


New HSA Limited Edition Gift Items!

100% silk scarf 72" by 16" featuring the 2013 Notable Native Herb Monarda fistulosa designed by Kevin O'Brien Studio in Philadelphia

$60 each plus $2.60 shipping & handling

Handwoven wooden basket featuring the 2013 Notable Native Herb Monarda fistulosa
The basket has an attached lid, the laser cut drawing on the lid was created by HSA member Pat Kenny of The Herb Society of America, Potomac Unit. Each basket include a brass tag on the front and a certificate to register the basket with American Traditions Basket Company.

Each basket is number and is a limited edition of 50 baskets.

$50 each plus $6.95 shipping

To order either item contact headquarters via e-mail at herbs@herbsociety.org or by calling
440.256.0514 Monday - Thursday 9am-4pm.

 Essential Guide to Elderberry-2013 Herb of the Year

HSA Members Only Access to the guide is available on the HSA website
Learn more...

Printed copies will be available after April 22, 2013
$15.00 each + $3.50 shipping

Pre-order now by e-mailing herbs@herbsociety.org


2013 American Horticulture Reciprocal Garden Program (RAP)

The 2013 American Horticulture Reciprocal Garden Brochure is now available in the HSA Members Only Section Click here to view
New for 2013 a searchable map of garden locations! Click here to view

HSA Member in the News

Henry Flowers, Pioneer Unit member, HSA Award Recipient and Director of grounds at Round Top Festival Institute is featured in the Houston Chronicle sharing Herbs; a gardener's great companion plant!

Remember the 18th annual Herbal Forum, the Fruitful Herbal Harvest: March 22 & 23 sponsored by the The Herb Society of America, Pioneer Unit in Round Top, Texas with speakers, workshops and sale.

Read the article


HSA Member in the News

Patricia Leiphart, member of the Western Pennsylvania Unit near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has been awarded the Volunteer of the Year by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission for 2012.

From The Western Pennsylvania Unit's newsletter, Herb Thymes; "Pat Leiphart has been a dedicated and loyal volunteer at Old Economy Village since 2008. Logging an average of 50 hours a month, Pat spends her time at various tasks at Old Economy Village. In addition to giving historic tours and filling in at a moment's notice at the front desk, Pat is a tireless worker in the Units Historic Rapp House Gardens."

For those of you who attended the Annual Conference in Pittsburgh in 2011, one of the tours was to Old Economy Village.

Congratulations Pat!

HSA Member in the News

Joan Janssen, member of the Wisconsin Unit and 2013 recipient of The Nancy Putnam Howard Award for Excellence in Horticulture, has re-published her book, Under the Leaf. The book is a collection of garden related poems originally written for the Wisconsin Unit Newsletter, Sage LeavesNow available at Amazon.com - Click here to view HSA's link to Amazon



HSA has a Blog!

The Herb Society of America has a new blog! Enjoy the stories and share with other herb enthusiasts.

New Site Map for HSA Website

Looking for something on the HSA Website and not sure where to find it? Click here for a listing of what pages you will find under each tab on the website.

New HSA Members Only Discount

HSA members now receive a 10% discount (before taxes and shipping) on purchases from The Growers Exchange. Click for The Growers Exchange website.

Link to discount code (Members Only)  



The 2012 issue of The Herbarist

Watch your mailboxes, The Herbarist has been mailed and is on the way Please let headquarters know if you have not received your issue by December 19th.

Being the eagle-eyed and knowledgeable herbarists that you are, you probably noticed that the photographs of Monarda, on pages 22 -23, in the 2012 Herbarist were of Monarda didyma.  The featured tea recipe also called for this red-flowered species.  While used for many of the same purposes, Monarda fistulosa, HSA’s Notable Native for 2013, has lavender-to-pink flowers and is less well known.  M. fistulosa has a broader growing range and has been used for fragrance, preserving and flavoring food, for beverage and for medicine.  You can become more familiar with this Notable Native by downloading the Monarda fistulosa fact sheet from  HSA-Monarda fistulosa Fact Sheet

2012-2013 Donald Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grants Announced

The Herb Society of America, as a recipient of a bequest from the estate of Donald Samull, has established two herb garden grants for teachers in grades 3 through 6. Mr. Samull was an elementary school teacher who used his love of herbs in the classroom with his 3rd-6th grade students. These grants will ensure that his tradition of using herbs with students will continue for years to come.

Indoor Garden Grants
Central Elementary School, Franklin, PA
Corley Elementary School, Lawrenceville, GA
Eastover Elementary School, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Oak Hill Academy, Lincroft, NJ

Outdoor Garden Grants
Bonsall Elementary, Bonsall, CA
Champlain Elementary, Burlington, VT
Glade Run-St. Stephens Academy, Zelienople, PA
Seven Generations Charter School, Emmaus, PA
Wilkinson Middle School, Madison Heights, MI

2013 Awards Recipients Announced

The Herb Society of America is pleased to announce the recipients for the 2013 Herb Society of America awards. Photos and more details about each awardee will appear in the spring 2013 newsletter. The  awards will be presented at the Awards Dinner at the Educational Conference and Annual Meeting of Members in St.  Louis, Missouri, June 22, 2013. Congratulations to:

The Helen De Conway Little Medal of Honor

                Lorraine Keifer,  (Mid-Atlantic District, South Jersey Unit)

  The Nancy Putnam Howard Award for Excellence in Horticulture

               Joan Janssen  (Central District, Wisconsin Unit)

          The Joanna McQuail Reed Award for the Artistic Use of Herbs

               Geraldine Kovatch  (Central District, Wisconsin Unit)   

  Certificate of Achievement

                          Justina Campbell (Mid-Atlantic District, Pennsylvania Heartland Unit)

                          Hilda Bourgeois Daly (Central  District, Northern Illinois Unit)           

                          Lori Schaeffer (Mid-Atlantic District, Pennsylvania Heartland Unit)                 

 Certificate of Appreciation

              Pat Benson (Central District, Central Indiana Unit)           

              Joyce Douglas (Mid-Atlantic District, Philadelphia Unit)           

             Jacqui Highton (South Central District, South Texas Unit)       



 "Especially for HSA"

This beautiful silk scarf, in pastel tones, was produced in 1997, and quickly sold out. The cost of the silk scarf is $60 and $2.60 shippingTo order online or call headquarters.


newsletters are now available to all HSA members.  Click here to view newsletters