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Speaker Registry

The following is a list of members of The Herb Society of America who have submitted their names as Lecturers and Demonstrators available to address meetings, workshops or symposia. The lecturers listed have not been reviewed for inclusion in this list. THIS IS A LISTING - NOT A RECOMMENDATION.

To request additional information about a speaker or to submit your information for inclusion in the registry, contact us via e-mail: herbs@herbsociety.org, telephone: 440-256-0514 or fax: 440-256-0541.

Central District | Great Lakes District | Mid-Atlantic District | Northeast District | South Central District | Southeast District | West District

Central District: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky





Jane Knaapen Cole

DePere, WI


Biblical; cosmetics; crafts; culinary; fragrance; general; harvest and preserving; history; roses; specialty gardens; herbs of Christmas; herbs of love; tussie mussies and the language of flowers

Kathleen Drew

Des Moines, IA

Negotiable, fees and expenses for long distance travel. Would prefer a one month advance notice.

Herbs of the Bible, fact and lore, Native American herbs, medicinal herbs, herb tales: legends and folklore about herbs, aromatherapy, beginning herb gardening, container gardening. Will also develop programs for specific occasions.

Jacqueline Johnson

Seymour, WI


Civil War Plant Medicine, Chocolate - the Plant, Herbs of the Bible, Kitchen Herbology, Legends and Lore of Plants, Medicinal herbs, Herb Garden Design, Harvest and Using Herbs, Fairy Gardening, WI Native Plants and Historical Uses, Herbs for Animals, Herbs for Natural Living, Aromatherapy, Herbs and Nutrition

Contact: 920.246.7377

Theresa Mieseler

Chaska, MN

$225 + travel expenses & accomodations

Miniature Container Gardening; Planting a Fairy Garden; Gifts from the Herb Garden; Lectures and demonstrations on propagating herbs, butterfly and hummingbird gardens, growing and using herbs


Helene Pizzi


Milwaukee, WI


$600.00, plus any travel expense, prefers advance notice. May negotiate expenses


Her articles on gardens, roses, Mediterranean plants, medicinal and culinary herbs, food, and book reviews, appear in publications on every continent.  Helene collaborates with Italy's garden magazine 'Giardini', and has written for magazine 'Il Giardino Fiorito'.  She edits , 'La Gazzetta di Casal Palocco', writes for California's Huntington Botanical Gardens' newsletter 'Subrosa' and is the European editor for 'The Rosarian's Network'. She also writes for the English magazine 'Hortus', 'Pacific Horticulture', 'The Mediterranean Garden', 'The 'Herb Quarterly', ‘The Herb Companion’, and also many publications around the world dealing with roses.  She was one of the collaborators for 'FLORA - A Gardener's Encyclopedia' published in the USA, in 2003, by Timber Press.  Helene has been heard world wide on the English broadcasting of The Vatican Radio and is often a guest on both radio and TV gardening programs in various countries.  E-mail: helene.pizzi@tin.it


Great Lakes District: Ontario Canada, Western New York, Michigan, Ohio, Western Pennsylvania






Kate Copsey

Bowling Green, OH

Fee is negotiable but within the Maumee Valley $125; Greater Toledo $150 plus expenses

Historical gardens, herbs, knot gardens/parterres

Freelance Garden Writer;
Host: America's Home Grown Veggies Show on

Pat Crocker

Toronto, Ontario Canada

fee + expenses, negotiable

Herbs of the Kasbah; garden greens; nutritional benefits of herbs; herb gardens throughout history; garlic, roots; wild herbs



Jo Ann Gardner 

Essex, NY

Vary with distance and venue. Negotiable. Travel and accommodations. Six month notice needed.

Herbs in bloom; Herbs, the new ornamentals; The magic of silvers; Solomon's garden (biblical flora); The New American Bible Garden. A tour of Bible gardens across America, a growing movement to interpret and re-interpret what it means to 'Plant the Bible'.

 For more information visit www.joanngardnerbooks.com

Rebecca Havlic

Avon Lake, OH


herbs and pharmacology


Mary Light

Ann Arbor, Michigan

$300 plus travel expenses

Design and implementation of colorful medicinal herb gardens, culinary gardens, herbal medicine wheel gardens and native and edible landscape planning.




Judy Semroc

Uniontown, OH


Plant rescue project; butterfly, moth & caterpillar gardening; gardening for dragonflies


Mid-Atlantic District





Susan Belsinger

Brookeville, MD


Herbs; edible flowers; chile peppers; garlic; greens; slide presentations; lectures and cooking demos

Susanna Reppert Brill

Mechanicsburg, PA

Fees begin at $100.00 (travel and material fee may apply)

Do yourself a Flavor; Eat your Parsley, Medicinal Herbs you can Grow, Inspiring Women Herbalists, Herbal Cordials and Liquers, Contact Susanna at TheRosemaryHouse@aol.com

Carol D. Chewning

Virginia Beach, VA


Virginia herbal folklore and history; Tussie-Mussies and the language of flowers; Uses of herbs during the Golden Age of Piracy (1680 - 1730)

Holly Cusumano

Phoenixville, PA


Scarborough Fair-Are you going?
12 quick ideas to actually use the herbs you grow

Jane Irvin- Klotz

North Wales, PA


Lavender, Wow, I didn't know that!; Parsley the amazing quiet herb; Rosemary, sage and thyme; Medieval herbs - Brother Cadfael; Garden faeries; Herbs of the witches; Apples - They built America

Pat Kenny 

Silver Spring, MD


Incredible edible; herbs of devotion; National Herb Garden; will speak on any of the specialty gardens in the National Herb Garden

Lorraine Anne Kiefer

Franklinville, NJ

$200 fee* + travel expenses if over an hour from Franklinville
*fee waived for HSA members

Fragrant plants; Monk's Garden herbs of the Middle Ages; kitchen gardening; seasonal flower arranging; butterfly gardening

Kim Labash

Loudoun Valley Herbs. Round Hill, Virginia.

Fee would be negotiable (based on travel distance, accommodation, handouts etc.)

Butterfly Herb Gardening in the Northern Virginia area
Lavender crafting
Culinary Herbs
Please contact via email: LoudounValleyHerbs@yahoo.com

Katherine K. Schlosser

Greensboro, NC

None for HSA. Expenses.

Horticultural history in old and rare books; enchanted gardens: fairies, flowers and their stories; women and gardens

Pat Sweetman

Stewartstown, PA

Negotiable, no fee for HSA Groups

Culinary topics include; Herbal Liqueurs, Chicken 8 days a week, Herbs all year long.  Crafts include; Herbal Papermaking, Herbs in Your Pantry, Beauty and Bath and Soapmaking.
Please contact Pat at patsweetman@stonehausfarm.net

Northeast District





Web site

Darlene Beauvais

Norwell, MA


Fact & folklore; historic garden restoration


John Forti

Portsmouth, NH

Fee varies

Four centuries of New England Garden history at Strawbery Banke; Heirloom plants and the stories they tell of our past, present and future; Native plants: historic and contemporary use; Herbs and herbalism past and present; Seed to table: edible plants and flowers inspired by the past; The Victorian garden and hothouse; Raised bed kitchen gardening

For contact information visit:


Jo Ann Gardner

Essex, NY

Negotiable; depends on distance and travel

In-depth presentations: "Gardens of Use & Delight"-reclaiming a remote farm; "Beautiful Roses for Tough Places"-the story of two gardens; "Herbs the New Ornamentals"-the benefits of herb therapy in the garden; "Solomon's Garden: Exploring the Biblical Roots of Holy Land Flora"-a plant lover's paradise; "The New American Bible Garden". A tour of Bible gardens across America, a growing movement to interpret and re-interpret what it means to 'plant the Bible'. Books in print include Gardens of Use & Delight; Herbs in Bloom; Living with Herbs; Old-Fashioned Fruit Garden; Seeds of
Transcendence; Understanding the Herbrew Bible Through Plants.

 For more information visit:

Judith M. Graves

Richmond, NH

Based upon location and workshop choice

Herbalist speaks on herb relative topics from Cooking, Edible Flowers, Gardening, Now That I Grew It...What Do I Do With It, Mother & Daughter Teas, History of Herbs, Holiday Herbs and Crafting with Herbs. Presentations are full of folklore, wit and humor. Ms. Graves is a former kindergarten teacher who laces her talks with a kaleidoscope of wit and wisdom that entertains while teaching.

Phone # 1-603-239-8005

Email: jgraves19@myfairpoint.net

Betty Pillsbury

Middleburgh, NY

Lecture $200 plus travel. Workshop $400 plus travel. Workshop supplies extra.

On Becoming A Botanical Sanctuary, Herbs for Colds and Flu, Relieving Stress Naturally, Herb Walks, Introduction to Herbs, Making Your Own Skin Care Products, Herbs for Menopause, Herbs for Headaches, Cooking with Lavender, Making Herbal Vinegars, Folklore of Herbs, Handmade Incense, A Dyer's Garden, Pesto Making, Making Dream Pouches, Herbs for Heart Health, Herbal Home Cleaning, Herbal Teas, Edible Flowers, Medieval Herbs, Herbs for the Winter Blues, Making Potpourri, Kitchen Herbs, Colonial Herbs, Victorian Language of Herbs, Tarot and Tea. New classes are always being added. I can also tailor a class for your group.




Cynthia L. Reed

Queens, NY

Call for details

Designing sustainable gardens with herbs; medicinal uses of native herbs, herbs in myth and magic


Norma P. Weinberg

Cambridge, MA

Negotiable, travel and accomodations

"Henna (Lawsonia inermis) ...a most auspicious herb;" "Backyard Remedies for Gardeners;" "What Antony and Cleopatra knew about herbs that you don't...yet" (herbs for romance) ; "How to Keep your Green Thumbs in the Pink (Natural Hand Care with Herbal Techniques); Magical Herbs for Halloween (a family fun workshop) and other topics upon request

Visit Norma's Website

South Central District





Susan Wittig Albert

Betram, TX

Negotiable, depending on size of event, distance and time

Herbal history and folklore; mysteries of herbs

Jim Long

Blue Eye, MO

Contact Jim via his website www.LongCreekHerbs.com

Growing & Using the 10 Most Popular Herbs; Pizza Gardening with Kids; Herbal Home Remedies that Work; Sensational Salsas from Apples to Zucchini - for a complete list and descriptions of his fifteen different herb programs and fees, please visit www.LongCreekHerbs.com

Amber Royer

Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX

$150-200 (depending on lecture/class format) plus travel expenses outside the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

Full descriptions of these lectures/classes available on Amber's website-www.dandylyonsgarden.com

Herbs and Chocolate
A Taste for Chocolate
Tea Party Planner
Tea Etiquette for Children
Making Your Own Herbal Cleaning Supplies
Keep it Fresh (Growing herbs and using them to make healthy meals)
Canning Herbal Jams and Jellies
Lovely Lavender
Flower Talk and other Victorian Communication
Herbal Papermaking
Flower Pounding
Don't Throw that Away (Potpourri from scraps and prunings)
Drying Fiber with Herbs and Vegetables

Pam Williams

Wimberley, TX

$250.00 includes herbal tasting, Email: Pjwilliamson1@verizon.net, Phone: (512)847-1767

Cooking with herbs, herbal salads, drinks with herbs, terrariums, catering for 25, master gardener

Southeast District





Marie G. Fowler

Batesville, AR

Fee & expenses + $150.00

Time in the garden - sundials slideshow, plants, mythology and the Greeks; chile peppers, Civil War herbs; other topics as well

Ann S. Lamb

Knoxville, TN

Geraldine A. Laufer

Atlanta, GA

$500 plus expenses

Biblical, cultivation, garden design, general, history and folklore, and "Tussie Mussies - The Language and Sentiment of Flowers"

West District





Web site

Susan Evans

Denver/Boulder, CO


Herb Walks, Backyard Bounty-Common Edible and Medicinal Weeds, Medicinal Herbs - Growing and Making Your Own; Medicinal Teas, Tonics, Tinctures, Salves and Balms. Herbal Remedies and Tonics for; Immunity, Women, Stress, Sleep, Cardiovascular System, Healthy Aging and Digestion. Gardening; Designing, Growing and Using Herb Gardens, Container Gardening, Theme Gardens, Edible Flowers, Fragrance Gardens, Sanctuary Gardens. Cooking Classes; Herbs in the Kitchen, Spice Mixes, Edible Flowers, Herbal Pantry, Amazing Appetizers, Sensational Soups and more. Folk Cures and Kitchen Remedies, Herbal Crafting, Herbal Body Spa, Gifts from the Garden, Green Cleaning, Women's Retreats and herbal catering. Classes can be custom designed for your group.


Sue Goetz

Tacoma, Washington

Based on Location

The Herb Lover's Spa-Workshop
Come for a show and smell! this fun and informative workshop is about growing healing, aromatic herbs and using them in hand blended spa treatments. Perfect for special events in garden shops, gift stores and spas.

The Herb Lover's Spa Garden
Take an intermission from the stress of the day in your own garden! Surround, Grow, Create! Create an herbal sanctuary in your own garden
Grow your Own Herb Spa
Grow healing and aromatic herbs to create hand-blended spa products. Easy tips and ideas to make fresh spa treatments. Learn the nurturing attributes of herbs, how to grow and use them.
PowerPoint Presentations
Multi-Purpose Herbs
Herbs with diversity! Start with their beauty in the landscape and then discover ways to use them.
Potted Herb Gardens
Cultivate herbs successfully in any size space! from windowsills to balconies.
Herbs by Design
Landscape design with herbs
Edible Flowers
A growing and learning adventure of color and flavor with flowers you can eat.
Scented Geraniums
Pelargoniums. All you need to know about growing, propagating, and using these unusual, fragrant beauties. These plants are a true collector obsession.
In Love with Lavender
Discover the many facets of growing and using lavender.
Tied up in Knots
Classic lore and history of knot gardens will be explored and how they can be used in our modern gardens.
Sensibility, a Garden for the Senses
Make music with the rustle of ornamental grasses, the hum of bees and the songs of birds. How to grow gardens that delight all of the senses-sound, sight, touch, taste, and fragrance.

email address:


Joan Keif


Las Cruces, New Mexico


$125 for a talk and will donate 10% to HSA for every booking she receives through HSA


She owns and operates a Lavender Farm in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She distills her own oil and makes several other lavender products. She speaks on how she began her business and the successes and trials she has met along the way.


New Mexican Lavender, 3445 Calle Bedado, Las Cruces, NM 88007. Please refer to the web site www.NewMexicanLavender.comTelephone 575-541-0805 

Edna McCallion

Tehachapi, CA


Basil pesto demonstrations and tasting, social and medicinal teas, individual herbs, herb garden design, roses in the herb garden, herb bouquets and crafts, customized herb program to meet group needs.