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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 Herbal Delights Symposium, Garden Bus Tours, Garden Grants and Scholarships, and our Unit’s Public Gardens Project. The "Herbal Delights Symposium"  is our units primary fund raiser and supports all of our local projects.

Our unit meetings are held on the third Thursday or Saturday in the months of September through April. In May our members tour a public garden or arboretum. We currently have about sixty members. We have three study groups meeting bi-monthly: Culinary, Botany and Horticulture, and Herbal Crafts and Products. Our unit gardens are located at the Penn State Berks Campus, the White Horse Tavern at Historic Morlattan Village, and the John Paul II Center for Special Education.

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