January Meeting Features Yarrow

yarrowOATHS member Kathy Quinn will do a presentation about traditional medicinal uses Yarrow (Achillea Millefollium) at our next meeting on Tuesday, January 17 at 6pm at the Loeb Center of Old Alabama Town. Yarrow is a flowering herb that grows in several of the gardens in Old Alabama Town. It has been used since ancient times and has many interesting properties. Herb Society members and other interested people are invited to hear her presentation. Kathy is a pharmacist with 25 years experience who has recently become interested in non-pharmaceutical ways of healing. She completed a certificate in Community Herbalism from the Appalachian Center for Natural Health located in Arab, Alabama. She began studying herbs in the garden and came to Old Alabama Town to Herb day for a number of years, joining the Herb Society last year.

Scarecrows at Old Alabama Town!

Monday morning was an exciting time in the Old Alabama Town Herb Gardens. A beautiful day with many wonderful plants growing in each garden dressed up for fall with blazing colors. Art Adventure in the Gardens this year resulted in some wonderful sculptures designed by many. Judging was completed by Mayor Todd Strange with Capitol City Master Gardener taking first place blue ribbon, Ms Lizzie Turnipseed receiving second place red ribbon, a tie for third place white ribbon went to Elmore County Master Gardner and Ms Jane McCarthy OATHS member, and also an honorable mention ribbon to Eat South. Many thanks to all who participated in this fun filled event.

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!

February Program – Natural Dyes

Put some color in your life! Learn about beautiful natural dye colors from plants. Join us at the Old Alabama Town Herb Society Meeting on Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 6:00 pm., the Loeb Center at OAT. Barbara Hightower traveled to Scotland’s Shetland Islands last fall for Wool Week. While there, she took a class on using natural dyes from plants. Her presentation will cover highlights of what was covered in the class. Barbara is recently retired, a member of both OATHS and the South Alabama Fiber Enthusiasts Guild and on the fast track to explore the world of fiber, especially Tunisian Crochet and spinning. Ask her about it! Members bring your Mardi Gras Herbal dish to share during Potluck meal time.