Herb Day Schedule of Events
Creekside Plaza: 117 Mill Street & Ohio Herb Education Center: 110 Mill Street , 9a-4p
-Plant sale by the Ohio Herb Education Center featuring over 100 varieties & 3000 plants
-Over 30 vendors with a variety of products and services
-Herbal samples at the Gift Shop
-The Herb Center Gift Shop will feature herbal and Ohio-made products
-Herbal, garden-related, and artisan vendors
-Herbal Trail self guided Tours
-Special promotions and offerings at Olde Gahanna businesses
-Paddle Boat rides on Big Walnut Creek, weather permitting, 12pm-8pm
-Live music performances on the Rotary Stage by Casey Redmond (acoustic folk), The Shaw Brothers (acoustic instrumental), Gahanna Jefferson Choir students
The festival is free and will feature the Herb Information Station with herbal experts, three keynote speakers and herbal demonstrations on the plaza at Creekside, a medicinal herb walk around Creekside Park and a preview to the Gahanna Learning Gardens in conjunction with select Gahanna Jefferson elementary schools.
Dawn Combs, Mockingbird Meadows co-owner, will present “Three Local Medicinal Natives That Deserve a Second Look” at 10 a.m. Combs consults with women on issues of hormonal balance, oversees the farm’s United Plant Savers (UpS) Botanical Sanctuary and operates the on-site Herbal Learning Center. Combs will speak on finding effective herbal health aides at a local level. She will take a look at plants which are often taken for granted and considered “weeds” because of their abundance.Find out why you might want to grow them and learn to create food and medicine for your household with them in mind.
Debra Knapke, the Garden Sage, will present “Wicked and Weird: Stories and Cautionary Tales” at 12 p.m. Knapke is passionate about gardening and enjoys sharing knowledge through her books, magazine and newsletter articles, and teaching in the Landscape Design/Build Program at Columbus State Community College. Her presentation will discuss the history of herbal usage with stories that will thrill and amaze. Come hear some interesting tales of the past, including “wicked” and “weird” herbs.
Erika Galentin, MNIMH, is Outreach Coordinator with United Plant Savers and Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary. United Plant Savers is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the conservation of medicinal plants native to the United States and Canada. Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary is a 370-acre medicinal plant haven in Rutland (Meigs County) owned and managed by UpS.
Galentin will lead a guided walk at 2 p.m. on the Creekside Park trails in search of common medicinal plants that may be used in our everyday lives. She will be speaking about the herbs’ chemistry and how that chemistry supports well-being in our bodily systems as well as internal and external use preparations. She will share information about at-risk medicinal plants, like American Ginseng, and how the common herbs along this walk can be used as analogues to these less common and imperiled species.
Culinary and Herbal Craft Demonstrations
Chef Mark Kopp from Gahanna’s own Barry’s Grill and Pub at the Golf Depot will demonstrate how to incorporate herbs into everyday cooking at 11 a.m. Throughout his demo, “Lavender, Tarragon and Thyme: Better Living through Cooking with Fresh Herbs”, Chef Kopp will talk about the many health benefits herbs bring to dishes. Kopp was the winner of the 2013 Taste of Gahanna Chefs’ Challenge and formerly chef at The Worthington Inn, Lindey’s and North Star restaurants.
Dawn Combs from Mockingbird Meadows returns to present “Homemade, Healthy Herbal Snacks” beginning at 1 p.m. According to Combs, it can be challenging to use herbs to maintain the health of your household if you have someone in the family who is resistant to new tastes. Come learn how to make simple, delicious, no-bake cookies, candies and other treats which may be used to treat a variety of issues for the most challenging of children.
Janell Baran, from herbal farmer and proprietor of the Blue Owl Emporium in Newark, will present “Sweeping Up the Leftovers: Herbal Whisk Brooms” beginning at 3 p.m. According to Baran, after the dried, tender leaves of herbs are taken off the stem, the modern inclination might be to toss or at least compost them. Instead, she suggests using a little imagination to create a fragrant herbal whisk broom.