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Baton Rouge Unit

HSA Baton Rouge Unit graphicThe Baton Rouge Unit of The Herb Society of America began in 1989 as The Baton Rouge Herb Study Group, bringing together a group of people with a desire to share experiences with herbs and to continue learning about their cultivation and uses. In 1991, the group became an official unit of HSA and is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational organization.

Since its beginning as the study group, the members started a newsletter, The Herbletter, and began an Herb of the Month program. The organizing group was a mixture of herbal professionals and enthusiastic amateurs, many of whom had a longtime involvement with herbs. The diversity of experience and herbal interests represented has from the outset provided a rich resource bank for group projects and presentations.

During its early years, the group participated in a number of activities including Habitat, the local home and garden show and began a service project at the Burden Center, a facility of Louisiana State University. At the Burden Center members volunteered to assist with the maintenance of the herb garden and to study growth patterns of the herbs in order to determine which are best suited to this area.

The unit accepted an invitation to participate in the development of a botanic garden for Baton Rouge at Independence Park. This resulted in a commitment to the creation and maintenance of the group's formal project, The Sensory Garden. The unit has also made a commitment to hosting educational programs that provide information on the cultivation, uses and knowledge about herbs and introducing the joy of herbs to special audiences including children, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities.

Meetings are held at the Baton Rouge Garden Center located at 7950 Independence Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA. All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month from January through June and September and October.

Guests are welcome to attend our programs. For information on our upcoming programs, please contact our unit chair.