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Central District:

Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky

March 5, 2016


Wisconsin Unit Spring Symposium

Woman''s Club of Wisconsin
813 Kilbourn Avenue
Milwaukee, WI

9:00am Registration, Herbal Continental Breakfast, Herbal Gift Boutique, Raffle Sales and a Lavender Tasting Room.

10:00am Guest Speakers, Marine and Edgar Anderson and Helene Meyer, owners of Fragrant Island Lavender Farm on Washington Island, will present "ALL THINGS LAVENDER".

Noon, a gourmet herbal luncheon will be served

The Herbal Gift Boutique will be open throughout the morning for the purchase of teas, homemade jellies and mustards, cookbooks and herbal items crafted by Unit members.

Registration, $65 per person. Registration form will be available on the Wisconsin Unit website www.herb-society-wisconsin.org after January 4, 2016. Registration deadline is Saturday, February 27, 2016.

March 15, 2016

SOUPS! with Ann Wegner LeFort

Soup is the first in the series of presentations co-hosted by the Wisconsin Unit and the Ozaukee County Master Gardners.

Presentations are held in The Pavilion at the Ozaukee County Fairgrounds in Cedarburg, WI.

No pre-registration is required. Admission is $8.00 per lecture. Programs start promptly at 7:00pm. Herbal refershments are prepared by host members are served.

Visit the unit's website in January for further details about the topics.

April 9, 2016


The Central Indiana Unit of The Herb Society of America presents Pepper Your Life with Herbs

Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds
Noblesville, IN

Spring Symposium 2016 featuring Keynote Speaker, Susan Belsinger.

Assitional Speakers include:
Michelle Evans and Joyce Durbin Miller

Vendors, silent auction items, lots of fun, information and lunch from Juniper Spoon.

For more information or to register:


April 9, 2016


Save the Date!

The Kentuckiana Unit of The Herb Society of America presents Annual Spring Education Day!

"Some Like It Hot"

Huber's Orchard & Winery, Borden, Indiana

More information to come!

April 13, 2016

Herbs in Raw Foods with Pat Molter

Co-hosted by the Wisconsin Unit and Ozaukee County Master Gardeners.

Presentations are held in The Pavilion at the Ozaukee County Fairgrounds in Cedarburg, WI.

No pre-registration is required. Admission is $8.00 per lecture. Programs start promptly at 7:00pm. Herbal refershments are prepared by host members are served.

Visit the unit's website in January for further details about the topics.

May 5, 2016

Peppers-Capsicum, Herb of the Year with Nino Ridgeway

Co-hosted by the Wisconsin Unit and Ozaukee County Master Gardeners.

Presentations are held in The Pavilion at the Ozaukee County Fairgrounds in Cedarburg, WI.

No pre-registration is required. Admission is $8.00 per lecture. Programs start promptly at 7:00pm. Herbal refershments are prepared by host members are served.

Visit the unit's website in January for further details about the topics.


June 27, 2016

9am - 3:30pm

The Garden Salon
An Herbal Gathering in our Gardens

Shady Acres Herb Farm
7815 Highway 212
Chaska, MN

Enjoy a fun, relaxing and informative day of lectures, demonstrations and workshops on the farm. Speakers include, Susan Betz, Pat Crocker and Theresa Mieseler.

For more information view The Garden Salon Brochure

Great Lakes District:

Ontario Canada, Western New York, Michigan, Ohio, Western Pennsylvania

February 17, 2016
10 -11:30am

Basic Principles of Aromatherapy
Presented by Western Reserve Herb Society Member Kathleen Gips

Orange Library
31975 Chagrin Blvd.
Orange, OH 44124

Learn to use natural herbal scents or essential oils to reduce stress, calm your mind and change your mood. You can get well from the smell! This lecture includes a demonstration of three major ways to achieve aromatherpy...through inhalation, skin, and tea.

The purposes of the Western Reserve Herb Society (WRHS) are to further the knowledge and use of herbs and to contribute the results of the experiences and research of its members to the records of horticulture and science and to disseminate this information through various channels.

See us on Facebook : Western Reserve Herb Society For more information about us please see our website: westernreserveherbsociety.org

April 13, 2016

The Herb Society of America, Frankenmuth Mid-Michigan Unit will host their 34th Annual Herbal Spring Luncheon, Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at Zehnder's of Frankenmuth.

Our guest speaker will be the nationally-acclamed culinary herbalist and food writer, Susan Belsinger. In honor of the 2016 Herb of the Year, Susan will present Chile Peppers: From Mild to Wild, Celebrating Capsicums.

As plans are finalized, more luncheon information will be posted on our website, frankenmuthherbsociety.org. Reservations will be accepted starting March 1 through April 1, 2016 or until we are sold out - whichever comes first.

Looking forward to seeing many of you there.


July 15 and 16, 2016


Great Lakes District Gathering 2016

Gemuetlichkeit - Celebrating Frankenmuth Hospitality


October 8, 2016



Western Reserve Herb Society Herb Fair

Watch for more information!


Mid-Atlantic District:

Delaware, Virginia, Southern New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina, D.C.

February 20, 2016


Pennsylvania Heartland Unit February Winter Meeting

Berks County Heritage Center
Off Rt. 183
Bern Township, PA (Near Reading, PA)

The presenter will be Trudy Lengel, a talented crafts woman and member of the PA Heartland Unit. She will talk and demonstrate how to make a Williamsburg Floral Wreath. All winter meetings are free and open to the public

March 17, 2016


Pennsylvania Heartland Unit Winter March Meeting

Berks County Heritage Center
Off Rt. 183
Bern Township, PA (Near Reading, PA)

The featured speaker will be Marcia Fehl, Co-Chair of the Unit. Her presentation will be "Visual Delights of Amazing Nature in the Garden."
All winter meetings are free and open to the public.

March 17, 2016


Doug Elliott presents Weeds for your Needs, Celebrating The Healing Wild Plants sponsored by The North Carolina Unit.

Reeves Auditorium
NC Botanical Garden
Chapel Hill, NC

Doug Elliott is a naturalist, herbalist, storyteller, basket maker, back-country guide, philosopher, and harmonica wizard. He is the author of five books, many articles in regional and national magazines, and is occasionally seen on PBS-TV, and The History and National Geographic Channels.
He will present a program of traditional and contemporary plant lore, and scientific information, as well as stories and songs, celebrating some of America's favorite, edible, medicinal, and otherwise useful wild plants. He flavors his program wtih regional dialects, lively harmonica riffs and more than a few belly laughs.

Free to HSA and NCBG members, to reserve a seat, please visit:

April 2, 2016
101m - 4pm


Social Symposium 2016 - Hops and Hemp

Museum of Shenandoah Valley
Winchester, VA

April 14, 2016

7am - 3pm


Annual Herb Sale presented by The North Carolina Unit

Greek Orthodox Church
800 Westridge Road (corner of Friendly Ave. and Westridge Rd)
Greensboro, NC 27410

2016 Herb of the Year: Capsicum
Thousands of plants
Native North Carolina Herbs
Heritage Plants, Gardening Tips & Educational Materials
Specialty Vendors

May 12, 2016

77th Annual Herb Sale sponsored by The Philadephia Unit

Historic Yellow Springs
1685 Art School Road
Chester Springs, PA

Please join the Philadelphia Unit for our 77th Annual Herb Sale on Thursday, May 12, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (rain or shine) in the meadow at Historic Yellow Springs.
Thousands of herbs, dozens of vegetable seedlings and many rare and unusual scented geraniums and salvias will be offered for sale. In addition, there will be many herbal offerings in our boutique tent including chutneys, jams, mustards, notecards, and baked goods, all made by our members.
A Gourmet Herbal Brunch may be reserved for $15 per person and checks should be recieved by May 10. The brunch will be served starting at 10:30 a.m. (Check should be made payable to: HSA, Philadelphia Unit, P.O. Box 273, Chester Springs, PA 19425).

Be sure to save the date and check our website: www.hsaphiladelphia.org for updated information.


May 19, 2016

11am- 2pm

The Invention of Nature, Alexander von Humboldt's New World, presented by the author, Andrea Wulf, a trained design historian at the Royal College of Art in London. This presentation is sponsored by the North Carolina Unit

Greensboro Country Club
410 Sunset Drive
Greensboro, NC

Lunch and Lecture: "The Invention of Nature" reveals the extraordinary life of the visionary German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) and how he created the way we understand nature today. Though almost forgotten today, his name lingers everywhere from the Humboldt Current to the Humboldt penguin. Perceiving nature as an interconnected global force, Humboldt predicted human-induced climate change. He turned scientific observation into poetic narrative, and his writing inspired naturalist and poets such as Darwin, Wordsworth and Goethe. Wulf traces Humboldt's influences through the great minds he inspired in revolution, evolution, ecology, conservation, art and literture.

For more information contact:
Mary Jo Wilson


June 13, 2016

Pennsylvania Heartland Unit Herbal Delights Symposium Bus Tour

Bus tour in Lancaster County, PA

The PA Heartland Unit will be hosting their annual Herbal Delights Bus Tour in Lancaster County, PA primarily in the city of Lancaster's Historic District.

Five backyard gardens, nestled behind historic homes will be visited, including the gardens  at the home of Dennis Denenberg, which has earned the reputation of a 'must  see' garden in Lancaster. In addition, attendees will visit The Wolf Museum of Music and Art, where the garden features a beautiful variety of native plants. There will be two sites to visited outside of Lancaster City; The Penn State Demonstration Gardens in Manheim, which focus on the inspirational Idea Gardens, developed and maintained by Master Gardeners, and the nursery Sstauffers of Kissel Hill.

For more information contact-Gail Seeley 610.926.3749


Northeast District:

Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Eastern New York, Connecticut, portions of New Jersey, Eastern Canada

April 7, 2016

9:30 am to 2pm

The Delaware Valley Unit  prsents Spring Symposium 2016

Princeton Windrows
2000 College Road West
Princeton, NJ

Spring Symposium Speakers include:
Chrissy Moore, Curator of the National Herb Garden, who will give an overview of the National Herb Garden and the IHA Herb of the Year, Pepper.
Aura Starr is a retired professor of The College of New Jersey, who will talk about "From Folklore to Farmachia" a history of plants through the ages.

Contact Helen Hamilton for more information hdhamilton@comcast.net

May 5, 2016

The New York Unit Spring Meeting

John Jay Homestead
400 Jay Street
Katonah, New York 10536

The New York Unit invites you to attend our Spring Meeting at the historic John Jay Homestead in Katonah, New York. Our speaker is Sam Sifton, food editor of The New York Times and founding editor of The Newy York Times cooking website and an Eat columnist for the magazine. Mr. Sifton was the newspaper's restaurant critic for two years. He promotes local and sustainable food sourcing at home and in restaurants and is author of Thanksgiving: How to Cook it Well.

An herbal lunch will be served and there will be a raffle. Herbs, perennials, herbal items and herb-related kitchen and garden products will be available for sale. Registration begins at 10:00am. The program is open to all HSA members and the general public.

A donation to support the Herb Garden maintained by our unit is suggested. Seating is limited therefore pre-registration is required at herbsocietyny@gmail.com

May 14, 2016



Delaware Valley Unit Presents Herb Plant Sale

Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum
Lambertville, NJ

Proceeds from the sale go toward our scholarship for a horticulture student at Delaware Vallry University, Doylestown, PA.


May 19, 2016



Long Island Unit 25th Annual Herb Synposium

The Old Field Club
86 West Meadow Road
Setauket, NY 11733

Please join the Long Island Unit to celebrate our 25th anual herb symposium on Thursday, May 19, 2016. Speakers will be U.S. Botanic Garden Executive Director Emeritus Holly Schimizu and Kirk Brown, president of the Garden Writers Association. Lunch, marketplace and raffles as well as our unit members' very special herbal desserts will be featured.

Registration in advance; seating is limited

Contact: stravins@optonline.net


May 25, 2016

Save the date!
Connecticut Unit Symposium

Fabulous Speakers, herbal delights for sale and a delicious lunch. You will be glad you attended.


South Central District

Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas, Missouri

March, 19, 2016


The 21st Annual Herbal Forum at Round Top, Texas

"Some Like it Hot, Some Not"
Capsicum/ Chili Peppers-Herb of the Year 2016 as selected by IHA

Join us as we explore the world of herbs and grow in knowledge and understanding while learning exiting new ways to utilize these ancient plants.

Featured presentations by :
Dave DeWitt- How Chile Peppers Conquered the World
Ann McCormick - Before Chilis - The Other Hot Spices
Trisha Shirey - What is a Garden without Herbs

Read More Herbal Forum Brochure


Southeast District

Arkansas, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, and offshore East

April 16, 2016


Annual Herb Sale presented The Herb Society of Nashville

Tennessee State Fairgrounds
Sports Arena Building

The Annual Herb Sale is open to the public and admission is free (except for a $5.00 parking fee to the Tennessee State Fairgrounds) and will feature the sale of rare varieties of annual and perennial herbs, as well as all culinary herbs. Credit and debit cards will be accepted.

Four mini-seminars will be offered, starting at 8:15am and lasting for approximately 15 minutes. The seminars will be repeated at 8:30am
Each person waiting in line for the plant sale will receive a number that will guarantee your place in line. This will permit you to attend these seminars and return to the line.

The mini-seminars include:
Landscaping with Herbs can be both beautiful and useful.
Perserving Herb-techniques to ensure a supply of herbs all year.
Companion Planting-how matching plants will enhance the outcome
Unheralded Herbs you need to know about.

Plant Day Care-We offer a place to safely place your plants while you shop.

For more information, visit www.herbsocietynashville.org or contact Rhonda Galligan at rhonda.galligan@gmail.com or by phone 931.224.8947

West District

California, Arizona, New Mexico, Idaho, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oregon, Montana, Utah, Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, Wyoming, Western Canada, Mexico, and offshore West