Our most frequently asked questions

Q: What is an herb?
A: Herbs are defined as plants (trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, biennials, or annuals) valued historically, presently, or potentially for their flavor, fragrance, medicinal qualities, insecticidal qualities, economic or industrial use, or in the case of dyes, for the coloring material they provide.
— Holly Shimizu, author: HSA's Essential Guide to The Beginner's Herb Garden

Q: How can I contact The Society?
A: HSA's national headquarters is located at 9019 Kirtland Chardon Rd., Kirtland, Ohio 44094. We can be reached by phone at 440.256.0514 or email at herbs@herbsociety.org. Business hours are from 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Thursday. 

Q: How long has The Herb Society of America been active?
A: The Herb Society of America was founded 1933 to promote, educate, and investigate herb use and its history in our culture.

Q: How large is your organization?
A: There are currently around 2,200 members, including both members at large and unit members

Q: Do you sell plants?
A: No, we do not sell plants but we can recommend local and national resources for plants and seeds; we are dedicated to herb education, herb use, and enjoyment of herbs.


Frequently Asked Member Questions

Do any of HSA programs or services pay for themselves?  Yes!

• The Educational Conference and Annual Meeting of Members.

• District operations (covered by net proceeds from the district gatherings/donations to district accounts)

• The Garden Shop

• Our Research Grants and Grants for Educators awards (funded through the Research and Education Board Restricted funds)


How is the National Herb Garden financially supported?

• The National Herb Garden in Washington, D.C. was a gift from HSA to the nation

• The intern at the National Herb Garden is supported by donations from HSA members (National Herb Garden Intern Account)

• Royalties from the HSA book Essential Guide to Growing and Cooking with Herbs and proceeds from Amazon.com shopping are directed to the National Herb Garden Intern Account (HSA members from the area also volunteer frequently)


What expenses are not covered by HSA dues?

• Maintenance and upkeep of headquarters

• HSA’s library and historical archives

• Equipment and supplies for headquarters operations

• Professional services (annual financial reviews/audits)

• Professional services for the organization (marketing/public relations, fundraising, membership recruitment) 


How do we cover the expenses?

• General operation expenses are covered by the Annual Fund

• Special projects and programs are covered by charitable contributions

• Interest and dividends from the HSA’s investment accounts

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