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Pennsylvania Heartland

The Pennsylvania Heartland Unit of The Herb Society of America

The Pennsylvania Heartland Herb Society was initially formed from the Herb Haus study group in 1982 and applied for unit status with The Herb Society of America, Inc. on January 2, 1985, for the purpose of studying and sharing the history horticulture, and uses of herbs. As a unit of The Herb Society of America, Inc., we are "dedicated to promoting the knowledge, use and delight of herbs through educational programs, research and sharing the experiences of its members with the community."

There are four unique features threaded throughout the history of our unit; our Symposium, our scholarship program, our yearly tours, and our Unit-sponsored gardens. The "Herbal Delights Symposium" is our unit's primary fund raiser and supports all of our local projects, scholarships, and donations made to local nonprofit organizations, The Herb Society of America and the National Herb Garden, Washington, D.C.

Our unit meetings are usually the third Thursday or Saturday in September, October, November, December, January, February, March, and April. We currently have over seventy members. We have pot-luck luncheon meeting in September, a holiday luncheon meeting in December, and our annual meeting in April. May is our Members bus tour, June is our Herbal Delights Symposium Garden Bus Tour, and our Herbal Delights Symposium Fall Luncheon is typically in October. We have three study groups that meet every other month. Culinary, Botany and Horticulture, and Herbal Crafts and Products. Some of the local gardens that our group maintains and/or supports are the Penn State Jannsen Conference Center, White Horse Tavern historical garden, and Mons Jones historical garden.

The Herb Society of America, Inc. is composed of seven regional membership districts. The Pennsylvania Heartland Unit is located within the Mid-Atlantic District.