HERB CAPITAL OF OHIO
The Herb Center is located in the City of Gahanna — the Herb Capital of
Ohio — just east of downtown Columbus and adjacent to Port Columbus
International Airport in the heart of Gahanna. The Nafzger-Miller house,
in which the Herb Center is located, is listed in the National Register
of Historical Places with the original structure being built in 1855
and additions made to the home in 1910. The center includes a gift shop,
parlor and kitchen and is used for classes, parties, meetings and
VISIT WITH SANTA
Come & meet the jolly old elf, Santa Claus! Santa is taking time out of his busy toy-making season to talk with the little ones about visions of sugar plums, toy soldiers and ponies! As you walk up to the decorated North Pole Annex (the Ohio Herb Education Center) you will be greeted by Santa’s elves and helpers that will guide you to the letter writing station. You will then get to sit on Santa’s knee and pose for a special keepsake photo. Complete a picture frame that the children make themselves! Then step into Mrs. Claus’ parlor for special make & take crafts – Santa’s Favorite Hot Chocolate Mix; Sugar Plum Fairy’s Dream Pillow; and Mrs. Claus’ Peppermint Bath Soak!
Day Date Time Cost
Saturday, December 20 9am-1pm $5/craft/photo or 3 items for $12
GAHANNA HERB GROUP
The Gahanna Herb Group is a 5-month program that focuses on herbs and their uses. Beginning in January, students will study in depth one herb as well as learn hands-on techniques from the culinary, wellness and craft areas. Herbs will be looked at from botanical, historical, folkloric, wellness and energetic points of view. This cooperative learning environment will also have membership to an online web group featuring reference sources, educational videos, informative guides and access to the Herb Center staff. This learning group is for individuals who would like to dedicate time to earn a deeper understanding of all things herbal. Come and join us at one of our open houses to learn more.
Benefits include: fresh or dried herbs for home practice; exclusive binder for organization and class materials, 10% off all gift shop items, discount on Herb Center classes and unlimited access to online web group.
Fourth Thursdays of the month, beginning January 22nd
Time: 6:30 to 8:00PM
Drop in opportunities may be available after the program has already begun.
Gahanna was declared the Herb Capital of Ohio by the state legislature
in 1972. Jane "Bunnie" Geroux spearheaded the effort and later founded
the Ohio Herb Education center. In celebration of this great
distinction, the Gahanna Municipal Gardens were installed next to city
hall, at 206 S. Hamilton Road, in 1975 and officially dedicated and name
the Geroux Herb Garden in 2002. This beautiful one acre garden features
several themed areas including Biblical, Scented, Meditative, Medicinal
and Culinary gardens. The gardens are open to the public.
To educate the public about the benefits and various
uses of herbs in everyday life. We define herbal education in the
following categories: Tea, Gardening, Traditional Medicines, Culinary
Develop a reputation as an herb resource center for the Gahanna community-at-large, as well as for the state of Ohio.
Provide a unique group experience for tours and other outreach opportunities.
Maintain a retail shop that reflects of mission and values.
Relationships with local businesses and speakers, locally made products
Using resources wisely through reduce, reuse and recycle concepts
High quality education that introduces the public to new ideas