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The North Carolina Unit of The Herb Society of America, Inc. was organized in 1982 to further the knowledge and use of herbs and to share this interest and expertise with the greater community.

 

Our members range in age, knowledge and expertise from those beginning the study of herbs to those who have years of experience. Our interests are broad, including horticulture, photography, literature, arts, crafts, cooking, and research as it relates to herbs.  The organization welcomes both men and women.

 

Though most of our meetings are held in Greensboro, members live from the coast to the mountains of North Carolina and beyond.

 

 

Membership in the Herb Society of America, Inc. and in the North Carolina Unit is open to all who share an interest in herbs and are willing to share in the work of the organization. We hold our membership meetings on the third Thursday of the month for programs on a variety of herb-related topics and we have other events at other times during each month.

 

 

 

 

   

 

The North Carolina Unit of the Herb Society of America, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization as determined by the Internal Revenue Service.  As such, donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed.  Check with your accountant if you have questions.

 

For information related to the NC Unit and its tax status, including the determination letter and Form 990s, contact us HERE.  

  

 

Membership Benefit

 

Using your HSA membership card, you gain free or discounted admission to Reciprocal Gardens, and often a discount in Reciprocal Garden gift shops. 

 

Jot down a list of gardens in areas that you plan to visit, and keep your membership card in your pocket.

 

Garden Information  HERE

 

 

2013-2014 Unit Meeting Schedule 

 

UNIT MEETINGS are held on the third Thursday of the month at 9:30AM at the Weir-Jordan House/Greensboro Woman's Club, 223 N Edgeworth Street, Greensboro, NC 27401.  Following a social gather, the meeting with a speaker or program begins at 10:00AM.  Meetings are held September through May except for a holiday party in December and there is no meeting in April.


Featured speakers for 2014-2015

September 18, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.

Place: Weir-Jordan House/ Greensboro Woman’s Club

Program:  John Riddle,  Artemis's plant—the Mother Herb

Artemisia plants (mugwort; southernwood; absinthe; wormwood, plus other species) were known collectively to the Greeks as "The Mother Herb."  They were named after the goddess Artemis, who employed the plant to save Apollo, her brother,   from a difficult birth.  The plant was celebrated as specific for women but it had other uses, especially for malaria.  Only recently have we rediscovered the drug artemisinin for malaria, currently saving approximately a million people yearly world-wide.  Even more recently artemisinin is found to destroy cancer cells in the same mechanism of action as it kills the malaria parasite. The Mother Herb was misused in modern times causing wide-spread dependencies especially in the 19th Century.  A plant for good and bad.  

Þ Lunch:  $11.00 to  Caryl Talcott by September 11th

 

 

October 21, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.   NOTE CHANGE IN DATE, TIME, LOCATION, AND RESERVATION INFO!

 

Place:  Greensboro County Club, 410 Sunset Drive

 

Program:  Andrea Wulf—author, Founding Gardeners

For the founding fathers, gardening, agriculture and botany were elemental passions, as deeply ingrained in their characters as their belief in liberty for the nation they were creating. Andrea Wulf reveals for the first time this aspect of the revolutionary generation. She describes how, even as British ships gathered off Staten Island, George Washington wrote his estate manager about the garden at Mount Vernon; how a tour of English gardens renewed Thomas Jefferson's and John Adams's faith in their fledgling nation; how a trip to the great botanist John Bartram’s garden helped the delegates of the Constitutional Congress to break their deadlock; and why James Madison is the forgotten father of American environmentalism. Taken together, these and other stories are a revelation of a guiding, but previously overlooked ideology of the American Revolution. 

 

Books available at the meeting - Author will sign.

Þ Lunch:  $20.00 to Josie Gibboney by October 9th . Non-members $30.00

 

 

November 20, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.

Place:  Weir-Jordan House/Greensboro Woman’s Club

Program:  Kevin Dowling, Composting and Vermicomposting

What to do with all those leaves? Composting is a great way to recycle, and it also produces a fantastic organic amendment that improves the fertility and texture of your soil and helps everything grow better. We will discuss easy ways to start composting in your own backyard, and what should or shouldn’t be composted. We’ll also go over the to-do list for having a successful “worm bin” at home.

Þ Lunch:  $11.00 to Caryl Talcott by November 14th

 

 

December 11, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. 

Place:  Weir-Jordan House/Greensboro Woman’s Club

Program:  Mistletoe & Christmas Legends

Sage, poinsettia, Christmas rose, and evergreens— legend tells us they were symbols of the holiday season. Members will tell us the stories of these herbs and how they came to be associated with the holidays.

Þ Brunch:  $11.00 to Caryl Talcott  by December 4th

 

 

January15, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.

Place:  Weir-Jordan House/Greensboro Woman’s Club

Program:  Adrienne Roethling—Edible Landscapes

The Kitchen Garden at Ciener Botanical Garden goes beyond showcasing the traditional vegetables in its raised beds.   Explore the wonders of ornamental fruit bearing trees and shrubs, herbs that complement the vegetables and the herbaceous plants encompassing the spaces throughout the entire Garden. Adrienne will discuss growing various and unusual vegetables in the Moravian Style Kitchen Garden as well as sharing the seasonal appeal surrounding the raised beds.   She has traveled throughout the U.S. taking notes at Botanical Gardens displaying vegetables as ornamentals in the landscape and garden.

Þ Lunch:  $11.00 to  Caryl Talcott  by Jan. 8th

 

 

February 19, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.

Place:  Weir-Jordan House/Greensboro Woman’s Club

Program:  Marc Williams Phytoremediation: the art and science of using plants to clean up contaminated soils.

Certain plant families are used commercially in this regard including the Asteraceae, Brassicaceae and Fabaceae. This process capitalizes on the phenomenon of hyper-accumulation of metals evidenced by some plants. This ability is also an issue for anybody wishing to wildcraft certain plants depending on the potential toxicity of their chosen site.

Þ Lunch $11.00 to Caryl Talcott   by Feb. 12th.

 

March 19, 2015  at 2:00 p.m.

Place:  Education Center, N.C. Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill

Program:  Laurie Klingel

Laurie Klingel, head gardener at the historic gardens of Eyre Hall (c. 1754) on Virginia's Eastern Shore, will guide us on a tour using superb garden photography, horticultural insight, and historical anecdotes. Her talk will cover topics ranging from the recent preservation of the 19th-century Orangery to the finest tulips of 2014.  Klingel has been gardening at Eyre Hall for eight years, overseeing the installation of thousands of spring bulbs and perennials as well as tending the extensive boxwood plantings.

All participants must register to reserve a seat.  You may register online.  

Free for HSA members, $11.00 for guests and non-members. 

 

April  23, 2015  HERB SALE 

Place: Greek Orthodox Church, Westridge & Friendly

Start dividing your plants for the Heritage Plant table, and be ready to volunteer when called!  Set-up:  April 22nd. 

 

May  21, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.– Annual Meeting

Place:  Weir-Jordan House/Greensboro Woman’s Club 

Program:  Justin Snyder, Alamance Community College

The Horticulture program prepares individuals for careers in nurseries, garden centers, greenhouses, landscape operations, gardens, and governmental agencies.  Students study plant science, plant materials, propagation, soils, fertilizers, and pest management. We have met some of these students through the Herb Sale and visits to the school, finding that our association has fostered a continuing interest in herbs. Justin brings more information about the program and our influence on the lives of students.

Þ Lunch:  $11.00 to  Caryl Talcott  by May 14th

 

 

***    Special Opportunities    ***

· October 3-4, 2014:  Mid Atlantic District Meeting, Green Man Rising

             Greensboro, NC

· March :  Multi-Unit Social Symposium,

· April  23, 2014:  NC Unit Herb Sale, Greensboro

· May 7-9, 2015:  HSA Annual Meeting and Educational Conference, Williamsburg, VA. 

Lunch is served following the meeting for a fee.  Reservations are required.

Please use the Contact Page if you are interested in being a guest at one of our meetings and interested in learning more about herbs and the NC Unit HSA.

 

  For more information, please send an email using ourContact Page


 


  

INFORMATION ABOUT THE N.C. UNIT, HERB SOCIETY OF AMERICA

 

Monthly meetings are held September through May, on the third Thursday of the month. Meetings feature a program on a topic of interest with guest speakers, a short business meeting, and lunch.

 

Study groups are offered to all members, including:

 

Culinary Study Group affords those members with a particular interest in good food and fellowship a potluck themed herbal luncheon each month.  Meetings are open to all members and meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 11AM, usually in the home of a member.  This year's theme is GEMS OF NUTRITION featuring basil, parsley and oregano this fall.

 

Herb Study Group meets on the fourth Thursday monthly for research, study, and travel . Studies include medicinal, fragrant, beverage, culinary and native herbs.  Periodic plant study sessions on botany and taxonomy are held.  This year's topic is the "INDUSTRIAL GARDEN" at the National Herb Garden along with a glimpse at the lives of the seven women who founded the Herb Society of America.

 

Renegade Crafters meet the fourth Monday of each month or as interests and inspiration dictate.

 

Collections and Gardens:  The Unit maintains collections of Rosmarinus officinalis species at the N.C. Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill, NC. and at the Dorothy G. Spencer Memorial Rosemary Collection in Climax, N.C.  Unit members also care for the McNairy House Dooryard Garden at the Greensboro Historical Museum.

 

Herb Sale:  North Carolinas largest and oldest Herb Sale is held annually.  It will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at the Green Orthodox Church on Westridge and Friendly Avenues in Greensboro, NC.  

 

         

                       

 

 

Visitors to our meetings are welcome.

Please use Contact Form for details on meetings and to register for a meeting

 

 

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