Creating a Buffet for Butterflies – Luke Messinger
Ohio is home to a wide assortment of beautiful and colorful butterflies. Learn how you can turn your landscape into an attractive food source for these and other important pollinators. Luke will discuss many of the common pollinator plants native to Ohio and how to select the right ones for your landscape.
Since 2000, Luke has served as the Executive Director of The Dawes Arboretum, a nearly 2,000-acre public garden and natural area dedicated to plant and habitat conservation, education and research. Under his leadership The Dawes Arboretum today is recognized as one of North America’s top arboreta and is one of only 22 fully accredited arboreta in the world.
Teas for Self-Care – Aniko Zala
A hot cup of tea can provide much more than just flavor. Certain herbs are particularly high in vitamins, others are supremely relaxing, and still others can be uplifting and invigorating. Learn how easy and effective it can be to incorporate a special cup of tea into your daily self-care routine.
Aniko of Wild Origins is an herbalist, maker, and educator whose interests lie in the intersection between nature, self-empowerment, and self-care. Her herbal workshops help others find the power that herbs have to bring their bodies and minds into balance.
Hops and Dining: Perfect Pairings with the Herb of the Year
What beers goes best with shellfish? Rich meats? Cheese? Creamy desserts? Discover the magic of Hops in brewing beer and in inspiring culinary creativity. Meet “Pants,” master mixologist with Kindred Brewing and an aficionado of the history of spirits and brewing. He will present an interesting look at Hops—its properties and uses, as well as a discovery of what craft beers pair best with different cuisines. Participants will go home with a Craft Beer & Food Pairing Guide.
Herb Walk with Sarah Clement
Sarah of Jeanne Wildherb Apothecary will be leading a backyard medicinal plant tour around the Ohio Herb Education Center and the Creekside Plaza Trails. We will identify and examine the common backyard medicinal plants that grow freely in our backyards and in central Ohio’s parks while also learning about the body systems they support and nourish.
Sarah Clement is a practicing herbalist in Columbus, Ohio, who enjoys wildcrafting and teaching about plants. She is the owner and creator of Jeanne Wildherb Apothecary, a small business focused on sustainably harvested, small-batch herbal preparations. She also offers community herbal classes, experiential youth clubs, and wild plant walks.
Sweeping Up the Leftovers: Herbal Whisk Brooms – Janell Baran
Drying herbs on the stem is an ancient tradition, simple and effective. After stripping off the tender leaves, though, one is left with a pile of woody stems, still aromatic but not suitable for most culinary applications. The modern inclination might be to toss them or at least compost them. But continuing to think within that historical context, one realizes that small herbal whisk brooms, fashioned from those same leftover stems, would have served a very useful function in the pre-modern household, much like today’s hand vacuums! And with the obvious added advantages of fragrance and, given a little skill and imagination, beauty. Herb farmer Janell Baran will demonstrate the vanishing art of broom-making, using common garden herbs to create simple yet functional and attractive whisk brooms.
Janell Baran has been growing herbs for close to 30 years in environs ranging from a 3rd floor balcony in Southern California to the 130-acre tree farm where she now lives in Central Ohio. In 2005 she quit her day job and took up herb farming full-time as the proprietor of the Blue Owl Garden Emporium herb farm. Located among the hills and hollows of NE Licking Co., the herb farm is home to hundreds of useful plants from around the world. Culinary, medicinal, and crafting herbs are sold fresh-cut and/or dried year-round at local farmers markets.
Backyard Flavors – Kate Hodges
Do you dabble with food that grows beyond structured garden borders? From common landscaping trees and bushes to rogue and planted annuals, there are many ways to experience edible plants in your own yard. Join Kate Hodges, founder and co-owner of Columbus culinary herb and berry farm Foraged & Sown, to discover some of her favorite flavors common in backyard landscapes. This interactive discussion will include information about growing and identification, harvest timing and techniques, and preparation. Attendees will leave with inspiration to incorporate and enjoy something new in their own landscape.
Kate Hodges is the flavor finder of Foraged & Sown, Kate has been gardening her whole life and foraging for much of it. She finds herself enamored equally with cultivated and wild flavors. As farmer, you’ll find her building perennial systems and carefully harvesting to ensure plant vigor. As forager, you’ll find her traversing different terrains in search of greens, berries, nuts and roots.