The 20th annual Herb Day, Saturday, May 13, 2017, 8:00 am –3:00 pm, sponsored by Old Alabama Town Herb Society will be held in the ‘Living Block’ at Old Alabama Town, 301 Columbus Street, Montgomery, Alabama 36104.
The annual ‘Herb Day’ festival is a free, fun-filled, public educational event for the entire family, offering lectures and demonstrations featuring experts on identifying, growing, and using herbs, including a cooking demonstration.
There will be live music performances, activities for children, and the opportunity to find that perfect Mother’s Day gift in the open-air market as a variety of vendors sell their garden related wares including a huge selection of herbal and other plants, crafts, herbal teas, goat cheeses and various sundry yard art.
“Celebrating 20 Years” is the 2017 Herb Day Theme of the Year commemorating the 20th anniversary of The International Herb Association. The designated Herbs of the Year for 2017 are Cilantro & Coriander.
Click here to see the Herb Day Program Flyer.
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 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.
About the Speakers
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.
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.
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.
Click here for a printable copy to post where you work or play or email to a friend.
Herb Day 2016 bookmarks are in! Get one from your favorite Herb Society member. Or get a bunch and share. Looking forward to seeing you at Herb Day!
We have received more photos of Herb Day 2015!
On behalf of the members of the Old Alabama Town Herb Society and all the attendees and vendors who made Herb Day 2015 a success we’d like to extend a heartfelt thanks to our Sponsors.
Sponsors of Herb Day 2015:
Jack Ingram Motors
Tomatinos Pizza/Cafe Louisa
Eastbrook Flea Market
Health Wise Foods
Hobson Cox – Affordable Eyewear
Sandra Nickel Realty
4 R Farm/My Secret Garden
Green Thumb Nursery
Randy’s Auto Repair
Tucker Pecan Company
Amazing art work by students from TSMorris Elementary, Maxwell Elementary and Middle School, and Baldwin Arts and Academics Magnet School was on display in the Grange Hall on Herb Day. The subject? Herbs, of course! Click on an image to see it in full size and start slideshow.[portfolio_slideshow id=1938]
Here are some of the photos of that lovely day. Click on a photo to see it full sized and begin slideshow.[portfolio_slideshow id=1923]
Thank you all who worked so hard to make this Herb Day successful. More pictures coming soon!
Herb Day 2015 Welcome