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2023 Educational Conference - Herbal Lagniappe en Louisienne

April 27 - 29, 2023

Baton Rouge, LA

Mix together Cajun spices and Creole cooking, fold in indigenous cultures and healing traditions, add a pinch of herbs and native flowers and finish off with a splash of local rum, and you have all the ingredients for a great program!

For 2023, the Conference Committee leaned into the unique culture of Louisiana to present an Educational Conference as intriguing as the City of Baton Rouge! Conference attendees have several options, including two separately ticketed optional eventsSaturday-only registration for "locals" who can't attend on Thursday and Friday (darn work!) and a companion ticket that allows your traveling companion to dine with you without paying for presentations they may not be interested in.

Early Bird Conference -  $395 per member (cost increases on March 16) 

Includes Thursday reception, Friday and Saturday breakfast buffets, Friday and Saturday Lunch buffets, Saturday Farewell dinner with musical entertainment and dance demonstration, Friday and Saturday afternoon coffee and cookie break. Thursday presentation for early arrivals, Friday and Saturday presentations, Marketplace and Raffle and souvenir tote.

Optional Pre-Conference Tour - $139 per person

An exclusive tour package to “The Crown Jewel of Louisiana’s River Road,” a grand estate also known as Houmas House. Experience life on a sugarcane plantation in the 1800’s by taking a guided tour of a beautifully restored mansion and gardens. The gardens span 38 acres of indigenous Louisiana plant life and stunning exotics. Many rest areas are provided for guests to sit and experience the year-round grandeur of the ancient oak alley, the fragrance of spring and summer blooms and the sights and sounds of bird life, wildlife, and dramatic water features. The newly opened Great River Road Museum is filled with artifacts that illuminates life on the Mississippi River. A catered lunch is included along with round trip transportation from the Crowne Plaza Hotel. You will return in time for the Welcome Reception!

Optional Awards Dinner with entertainment - $85 per person

The hotel will host the HSA Awards ceremony honoring 2023 winners of The Herb Society of America Awards. Two menu choices are offered and food sensitivities and allergies can be accommodated. Conference attendees who prefer to can dine on their own in the hotels' restaurant or lounge or at any of Baton Rouges' excellent options. Visit the Visit Baton Rouge website for suggestions!

Companion Ticket - Meals only - $250 per person

Includes:  Thursday reception, Friday and Saturday breakfast buffets, Friday and Saturday Lunch buffets, Saturday Farewell dinner with musical entertainment, Friday and Saturday afternoon coffee and cookie break.

2023 Speakers…

Did you ever imagine yourself hobnobbing with William Bartram? Keynote speaker/guest is Kirk Brown, an accomplished horticulturist, and historical reenactor. Kirk entertains and educates audiences with his energetic and passionate, horticulturally related presentations. His personification of William Bartram’s Travels is electrifying.

John Sykes, Executive Director of Magnolia Mound Plantation, and past president of the Southern Garden Society will Welcome you to the City of Flowers:  A Brief Landscape History of Baton Rouge.

As a youngster, Anne Milneck pretended to be Julia Child, on TV using her porch as her cooking show stage. Today she is a master chef, teacher, tea sommelier, and owner of Red Stick Spice. She will be demonstrating Cajun cooking and giving you a taste of her Creole Cuisine and Curries!  Take a listen to her SMIDGEN podcast.

Did someone say rum? Olivia Stewart is a fifth-generation distillery owner who grew up on her family’s sugarcane farm in Pointe Coupee’ Parish where they crushed sugarcane to make raw sugar since 1859.  Olivia takes us into her world where they distill their premium rums from cane juice and high-test molasses, all of which are sourced from their fields and mill.

Dr. Mary Perrin, Museum Curator of the Vermilionville historic site in Lafayette, center of Acadian culture, will speak on the Healing Tradition of Traiteurs. One of Mary’s books, Acadie Then and Now: A People’s History has been honored by the Government of France, with the Prix France Acadie 2015. She is a prolific author and is herself a traiteur.

Beverly Fusilier of Lafayette, expert on traditional healing herbs and accomplished photographer, will introduce the Healing Herbs of the Traiteur Garden and their uses.

Download a printable Agenda HERE

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