The Pioneer Unit is part of the South Central District of The Herb Society of America. Formed in 1994 in Round Top, Texas, there are currently over 75 active members. The unit gathers at 9:30 am on the second Thursday of every month (except August) at locations throughout our area. Every meeting features interesting and informative programs with various expert speakers on a wide range of herbal topics. Recent unit programs included: The Sticky World of Resins, Sir Joseph Banks, Garden Angels and Herbal Fantasies, Queens of May, Butterfly Gardening and Tales from the Underground. Each meeting is followed by a potluck luncheon with a variety of tasty dishes prepared by our members.
In this area of Texas, we are blessed with the kind of growing conditions that enable us to raise a wide variety of wonderful plants. We are also blessed to have many members who have great knowledge and experience and are willing to help educate even novice gardeners. Members are required to volunteer a few hours each year to help maintain the gardens at Festival Hill and Winedale, both near Round Top.
Our major event is the Herbal Forum, held each year in March in conjunction with the International Festival-Institute of Round Top. This is a must-do event featuring top speakers, demonstrations, tastings, recipes, and literature. It is a great opportunity to learn about herbs and their uses. During the Forum, the Pioneer Unit holds a plant sale, offering many beautiful and desirable plants. There are also crafts, food items, apparel, soaps, lotions, and many other gifts in the Thyme Well Spent shop. Each year offers a new and varied selection of items.
Please join us for one of our programs or watch HSA's Calendar of Events for the date of next year's Herbal Forum.