Herb Day 2017 is Coming!

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.

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.

Thank you to our Sponsors

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:
Rose
Jack Ingram Motors
Mint
LanMac Realty
Tomatinos Pizza/Cafe Louisa
Rosemary
Eastbrook Flea Market
Health Wise Foods
Hobson Cox – Affordable Eyewear
Sandra Nickel Realty
Savory
4 R Farm/My Secret Garden
Green Thumb Nursery
Pizza Perfect
Randy’s Auto Repair
Tucker Pecan Company

Herb Day Art

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]