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The Herb Society of America is dedicated to promoting the knowledge, use and delight of herbs through educational programs, research, and sharing the experience of its members with the community.

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Mid-Atlantic Holds District Gathering
to Celebrate the 35th Anniversary of The National Herb Garden!

Members gathered to learn more about nature and the world
of herbs at the 35th anniversary of the National Herb Garden. The celebration included a reception at the U.S. Botanic Garden, tours to area gardens, speakers and time in the National Herb Garden. 

South Central District Gathering at the Ozark Folk Center’s 26th Annual Herb Harvest Fall Festival: Food, Folkways and Herbs of Northern Europe

The Ozark Folk Center was the backdrop for the South Central District gathering. It was a, "A wonderful way to enjoy yesterday," an adventure in yesterday's Ozark Mountain way of life that you can see, touch and enjoy today. Arkansas's unique Ozark Folk Center State Park is America's only facility that works at preserving the Ozark heritage and presenting it in such an entertaining way.


The Western Reserve Herb Society Hosts 70th Herb Fair!

With distinct seasons in Northeast Ohio, gardens are usually put to bed by mid-October. Annuals are harvested, perennials are trimmed, tender perennials are brought inside ... all in anticipation of falling snow and falling mercury. Harvests are prepared for culinary, medicinal and aesthetic use. And, the ambitious few have planted hardy pansies for culinary garnishes during dark days when a reminder of the living world is needed.

Late fall means crafting holiday gifts, hostess gifts and personal projects. The Western Reserve Herb Society, a unit of The Herb Society of America – HSA’s northeast Ohio unit – sets a high standard for herb products. This year, the unit’s 70th Herb Fair, attracted shoppers from all over the area to the Cleveland Botanical Garden in early October.

A line extended out the door 30 minutes before opening and a steady stream of shoppers continued through closing. “Sixty-nine workers included eight husbands and one brother were busy throughout the time,” says Kate Williams. “We had eight Tussie Mussie makers who were still making tussies after closing.” Tussie Mussies are a nosegay, tussie-mussie, or posy is a small flower bouquet, typically given as a gift. They have existed
in some form since at least medieval times, when they were carried or worn around the head or bodice. Doilies are traditionally used to bind the stems in these arrangements.

Popular products throughout the day included teas, jams, jellies, wreaths, culinary delights, holiday herbal treasures and one of a kind gardening items.




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