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Central District:

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

August 22 & 23, 2014

Champagne in Urbana
Central District Gathering

Parkland College,
2400 W. Bradley Ave.
Champaign, IL.

Join Central District members and friends for a gathering to celebrate herbs!

Friday August 22nd includes two garden tours with hostess Sandy Mason. Sandy is a horticulture educator with the University of Illinois Extension. The gardens highlighted will include The Champaign - Urbana Herb Society's garden and the Champaign County Extension Unit Master Gardeners garden.

On Saturday August 23rd, attendees will enjoy presentations by:

Bill Handel, Native Herbs
Bill is a Plant Ecologist/Botanist with the Illinois Department of Transportation

Jan Powers author of Small Gardens I have Grown.
Jan is known in the Peoria area for her gardening expertise.

Bob Rowe, Cooking with the Czar
Bob has been teaching cooking classes for 14 years and makes regular appearances on the local CBS television station.

Linda Wells, Sensational Summer Salads
Linda gardens with herbs and native plants.

Silent Auction items, Door Prizes, Fun and Friendship will be included as well.

For more information and to register

Great Lakes District:

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

August 16, 2014

10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.

Annual Summer Garden Tour

3903 Grayton Street
Detroit, MI 48224

Cheryl's life-long love of Clematis and more recent obsession with native plants are both immediately apparent as you arrive at her garden. Designed as a teaching and learning space, her garden includes numerous Clematis, representing over 10 species as well as large-flowering hybrids, and over 200 species of native plants, ranging from Spring ephemerals to large trees. Take advantage of this opportunity to become acquainted with some of the lesser-known small-flowering species Clematis varieties and the beauties of our native flora.  Cheryl's garden was featured in the July 2009 issue of Michigan Gardener, a publication for which she also writes about Clematis and native plants. 
 The tour  - which is free and open to the public – also features locally-made garden art, live music, a Hypertufa Planter Workshop led by Chris Hopp of Farmbrook Designs and a Botanical Monoprint Workshop taught by Christine Laikind. (The two workshops require prepaid registration, available at 
www.blackcatpottery.com.) We will be featuring prints and notecards by Notable Greetings, hypertufa garden furnishings by Farmbrook Designs and Black Cat Pottery’s garden-inspired art, as well as a limited selection of seasonally-appropriate native plants and a butterfly release. Qualifies for Master Gardener Educational Hours.

For more information contact :
Cheryl English

September 12 and 13, 2014

Great Lakes District Gathering
A Country Herbal

Quailcrest Farm and Secrest Arboretum, Wooster, Ohio

Join with members of the Great Lakes District for a weekend of herbal delights in the beautiful Ohio countryside.

Friday, September 12th, starts at 3:00 p.m. with a guided tour of Quailcrest Farm and a picnic dinner at the farm. Come early to shop in the Garden Barn Gift Shop.

Saturday, September 13th, begins with Ken Cochran, Program Director of Secrest Arboretum. The Arboretum is on the grounds of The Ohio State University's Ohio Agriculture Research and Development Center. Ken will begin with an introduction to the Arboretum and lead a walking tour.

Additional speakers will include,
Kelli Hanley Potts, The Agrarian Collective
“The Lineage of the Table”
A full understanding of the garden, pantry and kitchen will change the way we come together at the table.

Laura Deeter, PhD, Associate Professor - Horticulture Technologies
Program Coordinator: Landscape Horticulture and Horticulture Science, The Ohio State Agriculture Technical Institute
“Design by Plan (and by Accident)”

Kathy Mahovlic, flower arranger extraordinaire, WRHS, will guide us as we “Make and Take” an Artemisia wreath.

Click here for complete program description, registration form and lodging information.

September 18 - December 18, 2014

Hours vary

Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation presents-
Dangerous Beauty: Thorns, Spines and Prickles

5th Floor, Hunt Library
Carnegie Mellon University
4909 Frew Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

This exhibition includes artworks and books that depict the formidable and yet beautiful defensive structures of thorns, spines and prickles that have evolved to protect plants from predation. Featured are drawings, watercolors, prints and books displaying thistles, teasels, cacti, roses, berry brambles, stinging nettles and citrus trees. Join us 18 September 2014, 5-7 p.m. for the opening reception of "Dangerous Beauty." We will also open on Saturday, 11 October, 1-4 p.m., during Carnegie Mellon University’s Ceilidh Weekend festivities with docent–led tours available throughout the afternoon. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Closed: November 23 and 27-30.


Mid-Atlantic District:

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

October 3 & 4, 2014


Green Man Rising

2014 Mid Atlantic District Meeting

hosted by the North Carolina Unit

October 3 and 4, 2014
Greensboro, North Carolina

 Join your Herb Society of America friends in Greensboro, North Carolina this fall for our 2014 Mid Atlantic District Meeting.

Members of the North Carolina Unit have been working to make this another enjoyable and informative event, as well as a time for sharing
our experiences with one another.

 Consider this a personal invitation to join us as Fall begins, colors start to change, and the Green Man smiles down upon you.

Click on links below for complete descriptions of the Program, Registration Form and Lodging Information.

Mid-Atlantic District Gathering Program and Events
Mid-Atlantic District Gathering Registration Form
Mid-Atlantic District Gathering Hotel Information

October 14, 2014

10:00 a.m.

Pennsylvania Heartland Unit
Herbal Delights Luncheon Symposium

Stokesay Castle
Spook Lane
Reading, PA


The PA Heartland Unit will be holding their annual Herbal Delights Luncheon Symposium at the notable Stokesay Castle.  The event will include three speakers, vendors, raffle, educational display and luncheon.  Join us to hear about "Preparing Appetizers for the Holidays," from Debbie Mosimann; "Table Settings for Your Holiday Entertaining," from Mary and Don Haldeman; and "Herbal Liqueurs and Gifts for Your Best Friends," from PA Heartland members. 

For further information and a registration form visit website phhsa.homestead.com


Northeast District:

Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Eastern New York, Connecticut, Northern and Central New Jersey, Eastern Canada

September 18, 2014


66th Annual New York Unit Herb Fair

John Jay Homestead
Katonah, New York

The New York Unit cordially invites you to join us for our 66th Annual Herb Fair held on the grounds of the John Jay Homestead.

Many varieties of herbs and plants, including some unusual ones will be available for purchase and Unit
members will be present to provide advice on herb use and cultivation.

Homemade pantry items such as our special tarragon mustard, raspberry jelly, fresh pesto and chutneys will be available, as will be such unique items as grapefruit lovage jelly, brandied peaches, zucchini relish and tarragon vinegar. Herbal baked goods, herbal teas, local honey, gardening aids and herbal gifts and books will be offered.

A raffle featuring herbal items, gardening tools and gift certificates for farm foods and find dining will also be held.

An herbal lunch which includes herbal sandwiches, sage cookies and our Unit's very popular lovage soup will be available for purchase.

South Central District

Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas, Missouri

September 19 & 20, 2014

South Central District Fall Gathering
You are invited to attend the South Central District Gathering
of The Herb Society of America

Texas Tough Herbs & Natives
in Fredericksburg, Texas

Fredericksburg Inn & Suites
1.800.446.0202 room reservations cut off date August 19, 2014

Featured Speakers include:
Gayle Southerland – “Happy in Heat and Drought: Herbs that Thrive in Texas Summers.” and
Bill Varney - Urban Herbal

Friday features an area wine tour, shopping and touring in historic Fredericksburg.

For more information visit the links below:

Gathering Invitation and Lodging Information
District Gathering Schedule of Events and Speakers
District Gathering 2014 Registration

Southeast District

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

August 28, 2014

9:30 a.m.

Blessing of the Herbs
Sponsored by the HSA New Orleans Unit

The Walled Herb Garden
Longue Vue House & Gardens
7 Bamboo Road
New Orleans, LA 70124

Join us for a celebration of St. Fiacre Day Eve and the annual Blessing of the Herbs in the Walled Herb Garden at Longue Vue House & Gardens. Reception in the Playhouse following the blessing. To RSVP or for more information, contact Audrey Driscoll, 504-866-7795 or


October 2-4, 2014


Southeast District Meeting and Gathering

Ozark Folk Center State Park
Mountain View, Arkansas

Join us as we return to partner with the Ozark Folk Center State Park to explore the foods, folkways and "Herbs of the British Isles".

2014 Southeast District gathering invitation, includes program details, registration and more!

Ozark Folk Center’s Heritage Herb Garden

25th Annual Herb Harvest Fall Festival

Foods, Folkways and Herbs of the British Isles to the Ozarks

October 2, 2014 *High Tea Supper* Dress Your Best!

October 3 and 4, 2014 *Workshops*

Guests at the Cabins at Dry Creek are encouraged to ride our free shuttle departing from the Cabin’s office during the entire event. 

On Thursday night the shuttle will begin at 5:30 p.m. All other guests are welcome to park in the Skillet parking lot, located below the restaurant. The garden reception will begin at 6 p.m.

The Skillet Restaurant opens at 7 a.m. If you are a guest of the Cabins at Dry Creek, on Friday and Saturday, the first shuttle will run at 7:05 a.m. from the Cabins’ Office. If you are staying elsewhere, please park in the large parking lot near the General Store and Loco Ropes and ride the free shuttle, starting at 7:00 a.m.

Sessions begin in the White Oak Auditorium in the Administration Building

Friday, October 3, 2014

8:00-9:00         Meeting of the Herb Society of America—Southeastern District
9:00-9:15         Short Break
9:15-9:30         Welcome and Morning Announcements             
9:30-10:30       Field Notes of British, Irish, and Scots-Irish Folk Uses of Medicinal Plants and Corresponding Ozark TraditionsJustin Nolan
10:30-11:00     Wild Immigrant PlantsAnnie Osborn
11:00-11:30     Ozark Herbal Wisdom Rooted in Bristol, EnglandThe Widow Wilcox
11:30-12:00     Visit the Herbal Merchants and the Ozark Folk Center State Park Craft Village
12:00-12:30   Noon Program on the Dr. Bessie Moore Deck in the Craft Village School Yard
12:45-2:15     Settlers Dinner in the Skillet Restaurant (Noonday meal is included in registration)
2:15-2:45         Foliate Faces: The Legend of the Green ManSusan Belsinger
2:45-3:15         Florilegiums, Floras, and the Importance of Botanical IllustratorsKathleen Connole
3:15-3:45         Rest a Spell with a glass of Iced Tea or Elderberry Shrub
3:45-4:15         Cou the Nettle Early: Instructions for the Care and Harvest of Nettles in Scottish Rhyme­—Rix White
4:15-4:30         Short Break      
4:30-5:00         Gardens of the Emerald IsleSusan Belsinger

Saturday, October 4, 2014

7:30-9:00         Optional: Traditional Full English Breakfast in the Skillet (on your own)
9:00-9:15         Morning Announcements
9:15-9:45         The Plant Explorers of the British IslesKathleen Connole
9:45-10:15       To Ireland and Back with the PotatoPhyllis Williams
10:00-10:15   Short break to set the stage
10:15-11:45     The Pleasures of Irish Cookery: From “Tatties and Neeps” to Colcannon and ChampSusan Belsinger
12:00-12:30     Noon Program on the Dr. Bessie Moore Deck in the Craft Village School Yard
12:45-2:15       Dinner, British Isles-Style in the Skillet (Noonday meal is included in registration)            
2:15-2:45         History and Mysteries of the Dyes of the Scottish TartansJeanette Larson
2:45-3:15         The Wardian Case, a Scotsman, and a Plant that Changed the WorldKathleen Connole
3:15-4:15         A Proper Afternoon Tea in the Skillet
4:15-4:30         An Ode to Olde HerballsThe Jolly Green Jester

 About Our Speakers

Susan Belsinger is a culinary herbalist, educator, food writer, and photographer who is passionate about herbs and her work—sharing the joy of gardening and cooking through teaching and writing—and inspiring others to get in touch with all of their senses, especially smell and taste. She loves coming to the Ozark Folk Center where her creativity is unleashed; she gets to work and play with the garden gals; create menus and recipes, cook and eat for special events; visit with the folks whom she considers good friends; hike in the Ozarks; paddle and cool off in the Buffalo; enjoy the great music, crafts and wildlife; take lots of photos and be inspired by like-minded individuals. She is a firm believer in mixing business with pleasure.

Kathleen Connole, horticulturist for the Ozark Folk Center, grew up in the Missouri Ozarks where she spent many days exploring those hills, streams, and rock formations. Formal training in ornamental horticulture at the University of Missouri led to work as a greenhouse grower, container garden designer, and internships at Powell Gardens, Kansas City’s botanical garden. Backpack and canoe trips on the Buffalo National River motivated Kathleen and husband Jeffrey to uproot themselves from their small town outside of Kansas City, where they raised their three children, and transplant to the hills of Arkansas. A desire to learn specifically about growing herbs resulted in Kathleen’s attending Tina Marie Wilcox’s Ozark Folk School class, and soon thereafter becoming a gardener at OFC. In keeping with the mission of the Ozark Folk Center, Kathleen has been researching the origins and natural history of the plants growing in the Heritage Herb Garden, useful natives of both the Ozarks and the worlds faraway from which the settlers once came.

Jeanette Larson, Craft Director at the Ozark Folk Center State Park, was raised by a mother who loves plaids. Her family history includes clan lore. Jeanette’s love of fiber arts led her to create in the crafts that make up Scottish Tartans. Jeanette raises Jacob Sheep, spins their wool into yarn, dyes the yarn with natural and commercial dyes, weaves the yarn into cloth and fulls the cloth into wearable wraps. She has woven tartans for Renaissance Festival Scots Clan members. She has studied the traditional dyeing of tartan yarns, which is a story full of surprises. When she’s not at the Park, you are likely to find Jeanette tending her garden full of vegetables and dye plants, cooking up useful concoctions in her farmstead kitchen or nibbling interesting green foods in these Ozark hills with her sheep and goats.

Justin M. Nolan, PhD is associate professor and vice-chair of the anthropology department at the University of Arkansas. Nolan completed his doctorate at the University of Missouri in 2000. His research interests include ethnobiology, the study of humans and their relationships with native flora and fauna, medical anthropology, the study of health belief systems, and cultural conservation, the study of region-specific folkways and traditions. Nolan has examined traditional plant-based medicine in the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains, historic hunting and fishing practices in the Piney Woods of South Arkansas and North Louisiana, and traditional foodways in the Arkansas Delta. He recently completed a federally-funded project in Cherokee Nation designed to safeguard and perpetuate Cherokee language, culture, and wild plant food procurement in Northeast Oklahoma. Dr. Nolan is past president of the Society of Ethnobiology, and has authored 35 articles and book chapters. His most recent book, Wild Harvest in the Heartland: Ethnobotany in Missouri's Little Dixie, was published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2008. Presently, Nolan is investigating the geographic continuity of British and Irish plant use traditions through the Ozarks and points westward in the rural US.

As a child, Rix White always wondered at the legend that dandelions were edible, although no one could ever tell him what part to eat or how to prepare it. At the age of ten, he moved to the foothills of the Ozarks, and his grandmother took him into his own backyard and showed him all the things she remembered eating during the Great Depression: poke, lamb’s-quarters, amaranth, and more. When he got to college, he stumbled upon a copy of Billy Joe Tatum's Wild Field Guide and Cookbook where he finally learned how to harvest and prepare dandelions. He has spent the last two decades wandering the waysides, gathering plants from the land and gleaning lore from those that have wandered before him. These days, you might spy him on the campus of the University of Arkansas, hunched over the lawn of Old Main, gathering weeds for his lunch.

Annie Osborn is the newest member of the garden team at the Ozark Folk Center. She grew up in Mount Olive, Arkansas and has always had an affinity for the outdoors and the things that nature has to offer. She is a recent graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where she pursued a degree in Anthropology with a focus on Ozark folk culture. For her senior thesis about Ozark folk medicine and herbals, she decided to volunteer at the OFC last summer to work with head gardener and herbalist Tina Wilcox. After graduating in May, she began working at the OFC to continue her education of plants, folklore, and medicine of the Ozarks.

Tina Marie Wilcox has been the head gardener and herbalist at the Ozark Folk Center's Heritage Herb Garden in Mountain View, Arkansas since 1984. She writes a weekly herb and garden column entitled “Yarb Tales” for the Stone County Leader and the Ozark Folk Center’s weekly e-letter. She is a well-seasoned herbal educator, entertainer and co-author of The Creative Herbal Home. The Widow Wilcox and the Jolly Green Jester are two of many characters which Tina has created to engage audiences in the enjoyment of herbs.

Phyllis Williams lives on a small farm just outside Evening Shade, Arkansas with her wonderful husband David, who has always been willing to try any wild foods she cooks. She is an RN who performs home health care with Community Home Health Care out of Highland, Arkansas. She enjoys gardening, growing and working with herbs in cooking, cleaning and medicinal remedies. She walks and rides her mules, looking at plants and hunting wild edibles. Phyllis is the Vice President of the Herb Society of America-Ozark Unit, headquartered at the Ozark Folk Center State Park. She volunteers in the Folk Kids’ Mountain Garden and actively serves in all of the Unit’s service projects for the Heritage Herb Garden.

A limited number of rooms are blocked for reservations now at the Dry Creek Lodge at a group rate of $70 plus taxes. Call 1.800.264.3655 and mention Southeast District Herb Society of America for this rate. Rates will be honored for 3 days prior and 3 days after our gathering for those who want to explore the Ozarks more.
Cut off date for reservations is September 2, 2014. Rooms will be released to the public after that date.

For more information contact:
Rae McKimm

or P.J. Stamps-Kitchen

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

July 25, 2014


Rocky Mountain Unit Meeting

Our unit demonstration garden in Littleton, Colorado at the Hudson Gardens and Event Center at S. Sante Fe and Maplewood Ave.

Call Karen Flanagan for information on where to park and location of unit garden within Hudson Gardens.

Hands on program provided by unit Garden Committee Members.


August 23, 2014
9:00 am

Rocky Mountain Unit Meeting and brunch

Private garden
Contact Peggy @Raven43@aol.com for more information and to make reservation for workshop and potluck brunch before August 9, 2014.

"Eco-dyeing with Plant Materials in An Ecologically Sustainable Way", presented by Peggy Vonburg with demonstrations and samples to view. Workshop will finish at approximately 1:30pm.