Start potting up some herby plants; do that spring cleaning; and start baking! Bring them all to the 2015 All Things Herbal Auction. We love buying each other’s treasures and goodies. We ask that everyone who attends bring one or two items to be auctioned:
5:00pm Doors open (come earlier to help set up)
Donations are set out on tables.
6:30pm Auction starts & continues until about 8:00pm
At end Pay Treasurer (Ingrid) for what you’ve won
Help tidy up the auditorium
Go home with your booty — delighted with a really fun evening!
Bring finger foods to share — especially if you’re donating a food item for the auction. Your auction item will bring in more dollars when people have a chance to taste it beforehand!
The All Things Herbal Auction brings in funds to purchase plants for the Mounts’ Garden of Well Being, to sponsor Mounts Events, to pay for the Herbin’ Thymes newsletter, and to buy items needed for the Monthly Herb Tasting Table & Holiday Potluck.
EHS is a non-profit, volunteer-based special interest group affiliated with Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Our February Meeting was lively, refreshing and, oh, so aromatic, thanks to our long-time friend and aroma therapist, Gerri Whidden. With her partner, Pat Ashford, of Nature’s Symphony handing out wands dipped in essential oils, all our members and guests began to feel the benefits of herbs and many of us took some of Nature’s Symphony superior products home to continue well-being. Our thanks, as usual, to Gerri and Pat who have been such good supporters of EHS, always, over many years together, giving us such interesting, informative, healthful evenings.
Recently, on a Saturday, Meg Vandereedt and I went to fellow Master Gardener Sue Lerner’s property to give advice about including herbs in her large collection of native plants and tropical fruits. Sue had also gone to Tom Hewitt for suggestions. Her place is on the Mounts Connoisseurs’ Tour in May; it is just off Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach and is full of horticultural treats. Don’t miss it!
For me, as an on-again, off-again grower, our best advice to Sue was plant nasturtiums, all the varieties you can find, in her herb beds and containers. Ingrid Menz has kept up EHS’s nasturtiums in our Herb Garden/Garden of Well Being at Mounts, and this delicious and pretty flowering herb has always performed so nicely for us. Meg and I also introduced Sue to Moujean Tea (Nashia inaguensis), a handsome, tropical, aromatic perennial. On the spot, we got hold of our Green Market herbman, Roland Gaudet, and by the beginning of the week, Sue had two five-gallon Moujeans and had ordered her nasturtium seeds.
The Herbin’ Thymes is very pleased to announce the addition of a new columnist to our newsletter EHS member and Master Gardener Tom Hewitt will be writing a monthly column on growing herbs here in Palm Beach County. Tom is a long-time writer for Florida Gardening magazine and is the Coordinator of Mounts Garden Guild Nursery, the go-to place to find herb plants. Tom also bakes a very popular fresh chocolate mint cookie!
For those of us interested in herbalism, the Florida School of Holistic Living in Orlando, the sponsor of the fourth annual Florida Herbal conference that eight EHS members attended on February 27 – March 1, outside Deland this February, is offering a weekend-long intensive course in Miami on practical herbalism. Learn about over 25 herbs, how to integrate herbal medicine into daily life, and how to make herbal preparations (12 CEU’s for LMT, Acupuncture, Dietitian, Nutrition), April 25-26, from 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday and Sunday. Contact Florida School of Holistic Living, 407-595-3731 or info@ holisticlivingschool.org. If you go, we’d love to hear about it at our May Meeting or perhaps you’d like to write a piece about your experience for the newsletter?Donnie Brown
Our January Meeting with speaker and friend, Jan Norris, enjoyed the highest attendance of members and guests that I can remember in a long time. Jan is not only informative, but has a wicked sense of humor. We welcome her back anytime, if she is not too busy with her new magazine, “Florida Food and Farm” which is offered free. Check out their website FloridaFoodandFarm.com. A good place to check for the magazine would be Whole Food Markets.
On Saturday, February 7th and Sunday, February 8th, EHS had a table at the “Pretty “n” Spice” event at the Mounts. We decorated the table with good looking
Gerri Whidden and her company Natures Symphony has been a pioneer in the field of Aromatherapy in the US for 34 years. The company was formed by Gerri Whidden and a French medical Doctor, William Amzallag in 1982. Their philosophy has always been to manufacture and sell all natural products using oils from wild or organically grown plants to help improve health, beauty and the environment. At Natures Symphony, we value