About the Speakers 2014

9:30 a.m. Herbal Brunch – Cooking Demonstration – Tent in Log Cabin Area
Davena McRae

Davena McRae & her team at Montgomery Super Suppers have been providing the Montgomery area’s busy families with healthy meals for more than 3 years. Customers can order online, by phone, or by stopping in to browse their Grab ‘N Go freezers for a wide selection of entrees and side items

11:00 a.m. Growing Alabama’s Wildflowers – Tent in Log Cabin Area
Robert Dean

Robert Dean is a naturalist and nurseryman specializing in native plants of the Southeastern US.  Robert will demonstrate methods and materials for successful wildflower propagation from seed. His website is http://www.wildflowersofalabama.com.
The Dean family has been practicing real estate more than 100 years in Alabama and in the last half century Robert and his parents have rescued from development and propagated more than 1500 species of native plants to their estate in Opelika.
Robert grew up studying native plants with his mother Caroline Dean who was the long time president of the Alabama Wildflower Society. Both Robert and his mother have been published in books, magazines, film & television.

12:30 p.m. From Plant to Medicine – The Church
Debbie Boutelier, President Herb Society of America

Debbie Boutelier’s interest in herbs and other edibles began in the early 80’s when she planted her first herb garden with culinary herbs. She pursued her interest in herbs and gardening on a full-time basis, Her involvement with the Master Gardener program led her into a new career as a County Extension Agent in Autauga County for 8 years. Debbie now teaches nationally and gives many seminars on organic gardening, nutrition, the many aspects of herbs and other garden related topics.  She has been studying medicinal uses of herbs for over 10 years and completed a three year intensive study of the medicinal aspect of herbs at the Appalachian Center of Natural Health. Debbie is a long-time member of the Herb Society of America where she currently serves as the President.