July 19 Meeting

Join us on Tuesday, July 19, at 6:00 p.m.at the Loeb Center at Old Alabama Town for the monthly meeting. Bring your ideas and suggestions for the coming year to make plans for the best year ever!
Be thinking of the committees you want to assist and which herb garden team you plan to join. It’s the beginning of our fiscal year and dues are due if you haven’t already paid.
Refreshments will be served and bring an item for the door prize.

June Meeting in the Gardens

At the Tuesday evening meeting Jane McCarthy and Ann Hamill conducted the induction ceremony for new officers of Old Alabama Town Herb Society for 2016-2017, using the language of plants for each officer’s purpose. Those present were President Duane “Duck” Mara, Secretary Christine Robinson, and Treasurer Maxine Taylor. After the induction, Jane McCarthy gave a demonstration of propagating plants and a walking tour of the OATHS herb gardens.

June 21 Meeting

Join us on Tuesday, June 21st for the Installation of Officers for 2016-2017 Old Alabama Town Herb Society. Thank you to the officers for the coming year- President Duane Mara; Vice-President TBD; Treasurer Maxine Taylor; Secretary Christine Robinson; Corresponding Secretary Marsha Allison. Jane McCarthy will conduct the installation ceremony. The meeting will be held in the herb gardens of Old Alabama Town (where Herb Day is held). Parking on Jefferson, enter through the gate mid-block. Bring a chair. We will have a short business meeting. Following the installation of officers Jane will give a demonstration on propagating herbs. Bring an empty water bottle (16 oz. to 2 liter and a cutter). Volunteers to bring refreshments are Carolyn Gomillion, Ann Hamill, new members Yma Carrington and Kathy Quinn. No door prizes this month. See you there!

May 17 Meeting

Join us on May 17, 2016, 6:00 p.m.at the Loeb Center at Old Alabama Town for the monthly meeting. The nominating committee will present a slate of officers for 2016-2017. If you are called upon – please do your part. The officers will be installed at the June meeting and preside at the July meeting. Herb Day committees plan to report for an Herb Day recap. Bring your ideas and suggestions for making next year better – the 20th Annual Herb Day. Refreshments will be provided by Marsha Allison and Kayren Pittman.

Thanks for a wonderful Herb Day!

Thank you all for making Herb Day 2016 a success!
The beautiful weather, interesting programs, variety of vendors, sponsors, music, art, plants, and attendees all contributed to the perfect day. Thanks again for your support and participation.

Patrick 8 y.o. at Herb Day 2016Patrick, 8 years old, had his own way of enjoying Herb Day!

One of our vendors said “Out of six festivals that we go to each year – this one is our favorite! It’s because of the beautiful park, the atmosphere, the variety of programs, activities and most of all it’s the people. Our sales here are better too!”

Enjoy this slideshow of photos from Herb Day.

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About our Herb Day Speakers

About the Speakers

TiaTia Gonzalez 
9:30 a.m. “Growing and Using Turmeric – The Spice of Life”
Tia Gonzalez is the part-time Curator of Auburn University’s Medicinal Plant Garden, a part-time technician for the AU Department of Crops, Soils and Environmental Sciences, and a freelance garden designer.  She will talk about the research on turmeric cultivation underway at AU and on a few of the healthful values of the plant. Turmeric, a beautiful plant that is easy for gardeners to cultivate in middle and south Alabama, is an ingredient in curries.

Debbie BoutelierDebbie Boutelier 
11:00 a.m. “You’re Getting Warmer!  Naturally Hot Herbal Medicine”
Past president of the Herb Society of America, former Autauga County Extension Agent, and Alabama Master Gardener, Debbie Boutelier has studied medicinal uses of herbs for over 10 years and completed a three year intensive study of the medicinal aspects of herbs at the Appalachian Center of Natural Health.  She teaches nationally and gives many seminars on organic gardening, nutrition, the many aspects of herbs, and other garden-related topics.

jessinorwoodJessi Norwood 
12:30 p.m. “From South America to South of the Mason Dixon, Peppers in Culinary History”
Native Alabamian, Jessi Norwood has always loved spicy food and cooking.  It wasn’t until she tried homemade pepper jelly that she fell in love with this spicy condiment.  She began exploring how peppers enhance other ingredients’ flavors and how different types of peppers hit the tongue in different places.  Since then, she’s been hard at it growing a wild variety of peppers and pairing them with local produce.

April Program – Gardener’s Yoga

Old Alabama Town Herb Society Meeting
Tuesday, April 19, 6:00pm at the Loeb Center at Old Alabama Town

It’s a glorious spring day and you finally got your hands in the dirt.
It’s time for cleaning up the garden and flower beds, for getting new plants into the ground. Your hands and knees are sore and stiff – so are your neck and shoulders and your back is killing you.
You know the feeling? Then come learn and practice some easy yoga moves to limber up the joints and stretch your body back into shape. You’ll be ready to get back out there next the sun beckons.
Uschi, will show us the moves, she is a registered yoga instructor with the Yoga Alliance and has been teaching for a year.
Instead of potluck for the April OATHS meeting 4 members have volunteered to bring refreshments. They are Ryan Hoskins – Fruit Salad, Barbara Hightower – pretzels, and Ann Hamill – KeyLime pound cake.

In an update to this post, here are some shots of the gardeners doing a bit of yoga.