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.
We are a member Unit of The Herb Society of America, Inc., which was organized in 1933. All Unit members also join the parent organization.
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.
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We have a few members who are happy to come and talk with your group. Topics range from growing herbs, cooking with herbs, crafting with herbs, history of ancient herbals, fragrance in the garden, herbal beverages, native herbs & spices, and much more. Send us a note to see if we have a topic and a presenter who can work with you.
2022-2023 Board of Directors
Unit Chair Rosemary Lorefice-Dippert
Vice Chair Amy Johnson
Treasurer Doris Doub
Secretary Margaret Crawley
Newsletter Elaine Campbell
Craft Group Libby Rymer
Herb Study Susan Perez
Botany & Hort. Sue Perez
Membership Linda Mooth
Rosemary comm. Nannette Wilson
Development/Herbs Rebecca Valcour
Archivist/Herbarist Terry Wheeler
GSO History Museum Mary Jo Wilson & Regina Cybulski
Nominating Sue Hughes
Directory Kathy Schlosser
Website Kathy Schlosser
Facebook Betty Ann Falkner
Unit Meetings: Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month, September through May. Our meetings begin at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and a few minutes to catch up with friends. The program, featuring a speaker on a topic of interest, is from 10:00 - 11:00. We have a short business meeting until 11:45, then have a catered lunch.
Every member may elect to participate in additional opportunities according to interest and time available, including ~
Herb Study Group: This group meets monthly in a members' home. One or more herbs are studied in some depth, or other topics of interest are explored. In the past we have looked at the history of Women In Botany, Landscape Design, Botany Study, Herbs and Art, Liqueurs, and others. It is an informal group with each member participating in some way.
Craft Group: For the crafters among us, this group meets their creative needs, using herbs to make lovely items that they take home, use for gifts, or offer to sell at our Unit meetings so other members can enjoy their work. The group meets in members homes or other facility as needed, and all contribute project ideas. All items are related to herbs in some fashion.
Culinary Group: As might be expected, many of our members are outstanding cooks who are curious about learning new ways to incorporate our old favorites into tasty and attractive dishes. This group also meets monthly in the home of a member and lunch is served centered on the herb being studied. Each member contributes an item to the lunch.
MidAtlantic District Meeting: The Herb Society of America is divided into 7 districts in North America. We are in the MidAtlantic District, along with the South Jersey Unit, Philadelphia Unit, PA Heartland Unit, Mason-Dixon Unit, Potomac Unit, Shenandoah Unit, Colonial Triangle Unit, VA Commonwealth Unit, and Roanoke Valley Unit. The District meets once a year, hosted by a different Unit each year. Speakers, vendors, and opportunities to meet fellow members abound.
Herb Society Educational Conference and Annual Meeting: Held annually at various places around the country. The structure of the meeting alternates: one year a full 3-4 day conference, and next a shortened 1-2 day meeting. Packed with interesting, knowledgeable speakers, vendors, plants, and friends.
Symposia: Occasionally we conduct a symposium or other event of interest that is open to the public. Over the past two years we have invited Andrea Wulf, author of Founding Gardeners and The Invention of Nature to speak as well as other nationally recognized authors.
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