Ohio Herb Center
110 Mill Street
Gahanna, OH 43230

Facility Rentals, Private Classes
& Tours:

(614) 342-4380

Class Registrations
(614) 342-4250

Hours of Operation
12 Noon - 6:00 PM T-F
12 Noon - 4:00 PM Sat
Sun - Mon by appt only


Registration | Current Schedule

Workshops are one-time sessions introducing participants to a specific topic. They change seasonally to reflect the cycle of the herbal year. Consisting of lecture and demo or hands-on activities, Herb Center staff and local guest instructors strive to bring a practical and balanced learning environment to those interested in using herbs in everyday life.

Please call 614-342-4250 to register.

Registration is required at least 48 hours in advance. We reserve the right to cancel classes due to limited enrollment. Workshops are non-refundable.

Classes are held at the Ohio Herb Education Center, 110 Mill Street, unless otherwise listed.


Herbal Tea Circle
Join us for an informal evening of tea and herbal discussion. We will sample a featured tea or blend, and enjoy light refreshment with an herbal twist, spending the hour discussing whatever herbal topics the group is interested in. Tea circle will meet on the first Wednesday of each month starting in September; we will be on summer hiatus in July & August.
Dates: Wednesday, September 6, October 4, November 1, December 6
Time: 7:00-8:00p
Instructor: Jennifer Schneller
Cost: $7
Gahanna Resident Rate: $5

Experiencing the Sensory Garden
Join us for this new family series in which we venture outdoors to explore the herb garden with all of our senses through games and crafts. This class is suited for ages 3-8 and all abilities. Come dressed in clothes suited for the weather, and that you don’t mind getting a little scuffed.
Location: Geroux Herb Garden, 200 S. Hamilton Rd.
Dates: Saturdays, August 19, September 30
Time: 10:00a-11:00a
Instructor: Amanda Ferguson
Cost: $7 per family
Gahanna Resident Rate: $5 per family

Wild Herb Walks
Beneficial herbs and plants are all around us, and often overlooked as simply “weeds.” Join us on a walk in and around the Parks of Gahanna. Take home the knowledge of what you may be able to discover growing in your back yard! Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to venture on foot. We will also discuss proper wildcrafting etiquette. Pre-registration by Friday noon is required. Meet at the entrance signboards at each park.
Dates: Saturdays, August 19, September 30
Time: 1:00-2:00p
Instructor: Amanda Ferguson
Cost: $7
Gahanna Resident Rate: $5
Location: 9/30 at Woodside Green Park, 213 Camrose Ct.; 7/22 & 8/19 at Friendship Park, 150 Oklahoma Avenue

Bitters Make it Better
The taste of bitter is often overshadowed by its more popular cousins, sweet and salty. But the bitter flavor is essential to good digestion and overall well-being. How can something bitter be good for you? Go beyond hops and coffee in this fascinating exploration of all things bitter. We will visit a range of bitter herbs, from mild to intense, and learn how to work them into beverages and foods. Then we will experiment with making our own bitters to help support wellness at home. Leave with recipes, and a deeper understanding of the balance of bitters.
Date: Saturday, August 26, 1:00-2:30p
Instructor: Jennifer Schneller
Cost: $25
Gahanna Resident Rate: $20

Capturing Flavor: the Art & Science of  Infusions
Join us as we explore the basic technique of infusion. This simple method captures deep flavors and potent herbal constituents, and opens the door to a wider world of culinary and herbal practice. We will work with the three basic types of infusion, taste some samples, and learn recipes that can be applied at home.
Date: Saturday, September 9, 1:00-2:30p
Instructor: Jennifer Schneller
Cost: $25
Gahanna Resident Rate: $20

The Legend of Four Thieves
Join us to learn about this historical herbal legend. We will learn about each of the herbs in four thieves, and variations so you can customize your own personal version. We will make four thieves vinegar, a hand sanitizer, and a simmering potpourri blend.
Date: Saturday, September 16, 1:00-2:00p
Instructor: Amanda Ferguson
Cost: $30
Gahanna Resident Rate: $25

Fall Plant Swap
Join us for our end-of-season, clear-out-space-in-your-garden-beds plant swap! Categories will include bulbs, hostas, peonies, dahlias, daylilies, succulents, and anything else that is taking over your garden space. Drop-off/set-up will start at 2:00, with the swap starting promptly at 2:30. This event is free, but please RSVP to the Herb Center to participate.
Date: Saturday, September 16, 2:00p
Instructor: Herb Center Staff
Cost: Free

Aromatherapy Foundations Class
Come to a relaxed, informative class about essential oils. Learn safety, dilutions, applications, and recipes. We will discuss how to research any essential oil you may have or buy, and how to use them in a safe, effective manner. Lavender and Sweet Orange essential oils will be studied and you will use these oils to make your own blend to take home. Manual and blending materials will be supplied. This class is required if you want to continue your essential oil studies with Deborah.
Date: Saturday, October 14, 11:00a-12:00p
Instructor: Deborah Zerkle, LMT, CA
Cost: $30
Gahanna Resident Rate: $25

Learn how to make two aromatic body care products using beeswax as a thickener. Discover the following ingredients: Beeswax, Jojoba wax, Calendula herbal oil, along with distilled Lime, Tea Tree, and Palmarosa essential oils. Participants will become familiar with beeswax ratios and using a scale for weighing carriers, plus blend in the essential oils to make their own aromatic products. Make a citrus lip balm and a wound salve. Manual and blending supplies provided. Must have completed the Aromatherapy Foundations Class or have experience with essential oils.
Date: Saturday, October 14, 1:00-2:30p
Instructor: Deborah Zerkle, LMT, CA
Cost: $35
Gahanna Resident Rate: $30

Sacred Smoke: An Exploration of Incense
Incense has been used for millennia in sacred rituals, for healing, to purify the air, set a mood, and to simply enjoy the luxurious aromas captured in the smoke. In this class, we will learn the basic types of incense and how to make them. Take home recipes, and a sample of a simple incense we make in class.
Date: Saturday, October 28, 1:00-2:30p
Instructor: Jennifer Schneller
Cost: $30
Gahanna Resident Rate: $25

The Art of Formulation
Crafting an herbal formula can be a complicated part of learning herbal medicine. In this class we will dissect the components of classic formulas, define conditions of when to use simple versus compound formulas and discuss the various techniques involved in making formulas. We will practice crafting our own tea combinations and try them out in class. This is an intermediate class and students should have a materia medica of at least 8-10 herbs.
Date: Saturday, November 11, 1:00-3:00p
Instructor: Brooke Sackenheim
Cost: $45
Gahanna Resident Rate: $40

Visit with Santa at the Herb Center!
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. Then step into Mrs. Claus’ parlor for special make & take gifts. All Ages are welcome.
Dates: Saturdays, December 9 & 16, 9:00-2:00p
Cost: $5 per craft/photo or 3 items for $12
Sensory Friendly Visit with Santa!
Santa and his helpers are offering this special event for children and their families who may need a more relaxed environment with less sensory input. The Herb Center has accessibility for wheelchairs or those with mobility issues. A limited number of appointments available and price includes a photo. Pre-registration is required. Open registration for Gahanna residents or students of a Gahanna school until Friday, November 17. *Specify time options at registration.
Date: Sunday, December 10,  3:00-5:00p
Cost: $7
Gahanna Resident Rate: $5


Brooke Sackenheim has been an avid learner of herbs since her first weed walk in 2002. Brooke is currently the Managing Recreation Coordinator at the Ohio Herb Education Center. In her role she creates classes, programs, garden walks and lectures. She has been a guest instructor for local garden clubs, herb societies and the Franklin Park Conservatory. In September of 2015 she presented the Herb Society of America webinar, “Crafting the Herbal Garden and Using Herbs with Children”. She has made multiple TV appearances on FOX28 “Good Day Columbus” and NBC4, as well as FOX8 New Day Cleveland. She is a member of United Plant Savers and the American Herbalist Guild and a member-at-large of The Herb Society of America.

Jennifer Schneller is a landscape architect who specializes in residential garden design. She is especially interested in the relationship between people and plants, and loves to plan edible landscapes. Her interest in herbs developed out of years of helping people grow useful plants in beautiful ways.

Deborah Zerkle, Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Aromatherapist, founded Homestead Aromatics to provide fun and engaging classes for essential oils. Receiving her certification in aromatherapy has enabled Deborah to understand the chemistry and artistry that is required to make an effective essential oil blend. Deborah fell in love with essential oils over 20 years ago and is not only using them in her massage practice and at the hospital where she works, but also teaches their uses to the community. Deborah is a member of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and continues her aromatherapy studies at every opportunity.

View complete class offerings at the Ohio Herb Education Center in the Gateway Program Guide. The Gateway program guide lists all classes and events through Gahanna Parks & Recreation.