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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.

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

Artemisia-Wormwood

2014 Herb of the Year

 

 

Commonly called wormwoods, the genus Artemisia are members of the great family of Asteraceae and consist of 180 species, one of which, tarragon (A. dracunculus) claims a place in many herb gardens.  Unknown to many, tarragon is one of our native herbs!
 
Many species of this family (tarragon being an exception) are remarkable for the extreme bitterness of all parts of the plant, "as bitter as Wormwood" is an ancient proverb.  In some Western states there are large tracts almost  destitute of vegetation other than certain kinds of Artemisia, which cover vast plains.  The plants are of no use as forage and the few wild animals that feed on them are said to have, when eaten, a bitter taste.  They also abound in the arid soil of the Tartarean steppes and other similar locations.

The genus is named for Artemisia from Artemis, the Greek name for Diana.  



 

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 2013-2014 include:

September 19; Bobby Ward, "The Horticultural Legacy of J.C. Raulston"


October 17; Natalie Foster, "Growing Great Garlic"


November 21; Andy Wood, "Of Caterpillars, Herbs and Butterflies:  Climate Change, Phenology and the full Life Cycle of Gardens"


December 19, 9:00AM; Christmas Bitters:  Holiday Aperitifs and Digestifs;  A Christmas brunch with Greensboro College musicians


January 16; Jenny Rose Carey, "Herbal Garden Design"


February 20; Mark Rose, "Three Seasons of Useful Plants"


March 20; Holly Shimizu, Director, US Botanical Garden, Washington, DC; to be held at the Education Center, NC Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill, NC; 2:00 P.M.

 

 

April 24; Herb Sale to be held at Greek Orthodox Church; Westridge and Friendly, Greensboro, NC; 7:00 am - 3:00 pm.  Cash, checks & credit cards accepted.


May 15; Jeanine Davis, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist Horticultural Science, NCSU, Raleigh, NC followed by the Annual Meeting 


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.

 

 

 

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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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