Andrea Taylor, State Farm Agent
Herb Sale • Speakers • Vendors
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Creekside District, 117 Mill St., Gahanna
Herb Day Schedule of Events
-Plant sale by the Ohio Herb Education Center featuring over 100 varieties & 3000 plants
-Over 30 vendors with a variety of products and services
-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
-Herb Day visitors will be treated to the sounds of Casey Redmond from 9 a.m. -12:30 p.m. and the Shaw Brothers from 1-3 p.m. on the Rotary Stage while exploring the hand crafts of regional vendors.
The festival is free and will feature the Franklin County Master Gardeners, keynote speakers and herbal demonstrations, and an herb walk around Creekside Park.
Come celebrate Spring with a new twist on making your favorite herbal tisane! Janell Baran, of Blue Owl Garden Emporium Herb Farm, will demonstrate how to make fragrant -- and beautiful -- fresh herbal tea wreaths to use as gifts (say, for that favorite Mother in your life) or as a special treat for yourself. She will guide you through the harvest, prep, and steeping techniques you can use to turn fresh herbs and edible flowers from your garden into a treat for all the senses. The possibilities are endless!
Speakers & Demonstrations
Celebrate Spring with Container Gardening & Herbs
Jennifer Schneller, Ohio Herb Education Center
Spring is here! If you have limited time and space to grow plants, but long for fresh herbs at your fingertips, this class is for you. Join Jennifer Schneller, a landscape architect and Ohio Herb Center staff member. Find out the best combinations of herbs to start in outdoor pots, and what mixture of soil, water and fertilizer will allow them to continue to grow so you can enjoy them all summer long. Take home recipes and start your own container herb garden this spring.
If space is your issue, why not go high rather than wide? Come learn the basics of putting together a vertical container garden that will keep you in the green right through the heat of the summer.
Jennifer 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.
Gardening with Medicinal Plants
Erika Galentin, Medicinal Gardener
Learn proper habitat, soil and light conditions, for growing from seed versus bare root or seedlings and the increased wildlife value the plants will bring to your property as Erika Galentin discusses how to incorporate medicinal plants into a garden or landscape. Erika will be focusing predominantly on native medicinal species such as Echinacea, Butterfly weed, Black Cohosh, and Goldenseal, but will be available for questions regarding non-native species such as Rosemary, Calendula, Hyssop, and Motherwort.
Erika is a Medical Herbalist and ITEC certified Clinical Aromatherapist, who holds a degree in Herbal Medicine from the University of Wales, Cardiff, UK and Scottish School of Herbal Medicine, Glasgow, UK. She is a professional member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (UK) and Pi Alpha Xi National Honor Society in Horticulture (USA). She is former Outreach Coordinator for United Plant Savers and Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary based in Meigs County, Ohio. Her current vitae includes: Assistant Director of Course Development for the Herbal Academy of New England, Faculty at Mockingbird Meadows Eclectic Herbal Institute and visiting Faculty at Ohio Herb Education Center.
Using Herbs to Create Culinary Magic
Gahanna CVB with Guest Chef
Did you know that herbs can help you take your cooking to the next level, while impressing your dinner guests? The Gahanna CVB is proud to host a cooking demonstration with one of the Central Ohio’s top chefs. Pick up some easy and inspiring tips for incorporating herbs into your own culinary creations. Enjoy complimentary samples and recipes.
Introduction to Herbal Brewing: Magic, Medicine & Art
Tara Wetly, L.Ac
For many centuries, we literally drank our medicine- ales brewed with local seasonal medicinal plants. Join Tara Welty, L.Ac. for an elucidating and educational meander through herbal brewing, its history and health benefits. If you can make herbal teas, you can make herbal beers just as easily. Come rediscover a long-forgotten branch of herbal lore!
Tara practices classical acupuncture in Parkersburg, WV. Herbs were her first love and she began her study with them as a child. Her adult education includes training with Eliot Cowan as a Plant Spirit Medicine practitioner as well as study with Kathleen Maier, David Winston and Stephen Buhner.
Dawn Combs, Mockingbird Meadows
Accompany Dawn Combs on an Herb Walk through Creekside Park. Learn the importance of backyard herbs and why we should rely on homegrown herbs rather than the exotic, more popular herbs. Meet on the upper plaza. Dawn is an ethnobotanist with over 20 years of experience in women’s health issues. After resolving her own infertility diagnosis through whole foods and natural herbal remedies, she chose to specialize in helping women rebalance their bodies for fertility.
Dawn is an educator, a contributor to several national magazines, co-owner of Mockingbird Meadows and Director of its Eclectic Herbal Institute. Mockingbird Meadows farm was recently recognized by Mother Earth News as one of their 2013 Homesteaders of the Year, and she is the author of Conceiving Healthy Babies: An Herbal Guide to Support Preconception, Pregnancy and Lactation and new in new this Spring, Heal Local.
Crafting Fresh Tea Wreaths
Janell Baran, Blue Owl Garden Emporium Herb Farm
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 farmer's markets. Specializing in the unusual and hard-to-find, the herbs are grown sustainably using organic methods, harvested and processed by hand to ensure the highest quality.