Ohio Herb Center
110 Mill Street
Gahanna, OH 43230

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(614) 342-4380

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(614) 342-4250

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

Herb Day & An Herbal affair

Now in its second year, An Herbal Affair, is expected to grow after a successful inaugural event. This year's event will take place on Friday, May 6, from 7-9 p.m. at the Ohio Herb Education Center, 110 Mill St., and is presented by the Gahanna Parks & Recreation Foundation. Proceeds benefit the Ohio Herb Education Center and its mission of educating the public about herbs and their multiple uses.

Attendees will preview and select herbs while sampling local brews, wines and spirits paired with hors d'oeuvres and desserts.

Along with the traditional herb selection including rosemary and basil, attendees can expect new varieties like Sweet Mimosa Geranium, Sweet Lemon Mint, Berries and Cream Mint, Strawberry Mint and Basil Genovese Red Freddy.

Guests can expect herbal-inspired brews from Gahanna's own Kindred Artisan Ales and Pigskin Brewing Co. Wine will come from Gahanna's Wyandotte Winery. Herbal-inspired cocktails are designed this year by Root 23, Middle West Spirits and 451 Spirits, all Columbus-based businesses.

Tickets are $30 before May 4. Tickets are $35 beginning on May 5 and at the door. Each ticket includes a special opportunity to purchase plants before Herb Day, nine tastings and food. Online registration will close at 11:59 p.m. on May 4, tickets only available at the door on May 6. Tickets are available
here.



Hors d'oeuvres and desserts are provided by Wine Guy, Barrel & Boar, Pigskin Brewery and Oven Rack Cookie Co. 




Schedule of Events

9:30a Working with Nature in an Herbal Way
Debra Knapke
, The Garden Sage
Gardening starts with understanding the relationship between the soil, plants, and animals. Herbs beautifully demonstrate how this triangle of life interacts. They attract and feed beneficial insects and pollinators. They take up nutrients that support other plants and feed the soil when they return to the Earth at the end of the season. At the same time, herbs can repel some of our less desired garden visitors. Start your morning with becoming more aware of the harmony of the garden.


Debra Knapke is The Garden Sage. She is a popular speaker at professional symposia as well as gardening events throughout the Midwest. Debra is active in several professional organizations and has been appointed as the Honorary President of the Herb Society of America for 2014-2016. Debra has a Masters in Horticulture. She has written five books and numerous articles, she teaches horticulture courses at Columbus State Community College, provides garden design consulting in her spare time, and has crammed an amazing variety of perennials, trees, shrubs, fruits and vegetables onto the 2/3-acre lot surrounding her home.


10:15a- Wellness Break
Sarah Hudson, The Y at Clark Hall

Join Sarah Hudson, a yoga and fitness instructor at The Y at Clark Hall, as she explains and leads the Herb Day audience in mini sessions of Yoga, Meditation and Deep Stretch.


10:30a Please Eat the Trees!
Janell Baran, Blue Owl Garden Emporium

Join local herb and tree farmer Janell Baran as she delves into the lore of edible trees and shrubs. Janell will share a wealth of knowledge on the herbal uses of a variety of woody plants. Learn the history, value and flavor of things that may be growing in your own backyard!

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.

11:15a- Wellness Break
Sarah Hudson, The Y at Clark Hall

Join Sarah Hudson, a yoga and fitness instructor at The Y at Clark Hall, as she explains and leads the Herb Day audience in mini sessions of Yoga, Meditation and Deep Stretch.


11:30a From Field to Flavor: Cooking with Chives

Matthew Epifano, Pigskin Brewing Company
Sponsored by the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau and Gahanna’s Herbal Trail. www.visitgahanna.com, 614/418-9114
Matthew is the Executive Chef with Pigskin Brewing Company in Gahanna, Ohio. He is no stranger to Restaurant Industry, having spent 30+ years in a kitchen setting as either as Kitchen Manager or a Chef one of his greatest accomplishment is creating a unique food experience for his customers, that keeps them coming back for more. Before joining Pigskin Brewing Company in 2015 as their Executive Chef, He has worked for a diverse range of organizations, including Muirfield Village Golf Club (Dublin, OH), Wine Bistro, Kenyon Inn and the Cherry Valley Lodge just to name a few. Matthew has also been a partner in cooking demonstrations for local TV news stations.

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Matthew is very passionate in food creation. He has a very diverse background in different cuisines, from American, Italian, Asian, you name it. He is great when it comes to having a variety of ingredients and creating something wonderful out of them that you would never expect. Matthew’s famous motto is: “If you can dream it, I can create it."

12:15p- Wellness Break
Sarah Hudson, The Y at Clark Hall
Join Sarah Hudson, a yoga and fitness instructor at The Y at Clark Hall, as she explains and leads the Herb Day audience in mini sessions of Yoga, Meditation and Deep Stretch.
12:30p Oxymels: When Sweet Meets Sour
Brooke Sackenheim, Ohio Herb Education Center
Oxymels are a tangy alchemy combining the acid bite of vinegar with the sticky sweetness of honey. Add herbs and it becomes a versatile mixture that is part medicinal and part culinary. Add club soda and create a refreshing beverage. Add oil to create a vibrant salad dressing. Brooke will demonstrate techniques for making an oxymel that will utilize your bountiful summer herbs.

Brooke 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 Gahanna, the Herb Capital of Ohio, whose mission is to educate the public about the benefits of herbs. In her role she creates classes, programs, garden walks and lectures. She is a frequent guest instructor for local garden clubs, herb societies and the Franklin Park Conservatory.

Brooke was a speaker for The Gardens at Gantz 2015 Herb Symposium, the 2014 National Children & Youth Garden Symposium, and the 2014 Garden to Table Symposium hosted by Master Gardeners of Cuyahoga County. 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-at-large of The Herb Society of America and a member of United Plant Savers.


1:15p- Wellness Break
Sarah Hudson, The Y at Clark Hall

Join Sarah Hudson, a yoga and fitness instructor at The Y at Clark Hall, as she explains and leads the Herb Day audience in mini sessions of Yoga, Meditation and Deep Stretch.


1:30p Herb Walk with Erika Galentin
Erika Galentin, The Medicine Gardener
Erika will be guiding you on a tour around the trails of Creekside Plaza in search of common medicinal plants that can be used in our everyday lives. She will be speaking about their chemistry and how that chemistry supports well-being in our various body systems as well as preparations that can be made from them for internal and external use. She will also be relaying information about At-Risk medicinal plants and how the common herbs you find on this walk can be used as analogues to these less common and imperiled species.

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). Several years of clinical practice in Glasgow, Scotland provided the platform for a deep and influential understanding of the efficacy of medicinal plants within a clinical environment. It was through this clinical practice that Erika also learned to encourage positive relationships between plants and people. She is a firm believer in celebrating the role humanity plays in the ecology of our landscapes and that our relationships with the natural world should be based upon reciprocity and exchange. Erika returned to the United States in 2008 to evolve her career as to also encompass a focus on horticulture and native medicinal plant conservation and ecology. With her passion for medicinal plants native to Ohio and the Greater Appalachian region, Erika teaches, lectures and writes on native medicinal plant conservation and applied ecology, propagation, and clinical efficacy. 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, Gahanna, Ohio. She is also currently in pursuit of a Diploma in Physiomedicalism from the Faculty of Physiomedical Herbal Medicine, England, UK.


2:15p- Wellness Break
Sarah Hudson, The Y at Clark Hall
Join Sarah Hudson, a yoga and fitness instructor at The Y at Clark Hall, as she explains and leads the Herb Day audience in mini sessions of Yoga, Meditation and Deep Stretch.


2:30p Summer Fun
Deborah Zerkle, LMT, CA, Homestead Aromatics
Certified Aromatherapist, Deborah Zerkle will speak about essential oils; their safety, distillation, and how to use essential oils to support your health. Learn about the uses of hydrosols, which is the water that is used during the distillation process of the essential oils. These hydrosols (or floral waters) are very gentle, yet extremely useful. Deborah will demonstrate making an after sun blend in a base of aloe, along with a bug bite blend in a base of hydrosol.

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. Plus, she mixes her infatuation with body butters along with her aromatherapy education to provide nourishing skin care products, as well as many other products that nurture the body and mind. Deborah uses only organic, natural, and wild crafted essential oils, carriers and hydrosols. Deborah is a member of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and continues her aromatherapy studies at every opportunity.


3:15p- Wellness Break
Sarah Hudson, The Y at Clark Hall
Join Sarah Hudson, a yoga and fitness instructor at The Y at Clark Hall, as she explains and leads the Herb Day audience in mini sessions of Yoga, Meditation and Deep Stretch.

Presenting Sponsor

Supporting Sponsor



Herb Day Partner

VIP Herbal Getaway Package

Vendors

Y at Clark Hall

Homestead Aromatics

Just Elayne’s Naturals

Master Gardeners

Herbal Teas Plus

Andrea Taylor, State Farm Agent

JamesHardie

Blue Owl Emporium

Mrs Turbo’s Cookies

Simple Gourmet Syrups

GreenSpot Columbus

Your Inspiration at Home

Scented Sugars

Perryn’s Naturals

White Dove Herbs

Ecoverve

Jorgensen Farms

Rustic Apple Art

MGJ Expressions

Elder Forest Soaps

Circa Plants

Companion Plants

Garden of No Weeden

Urban Beekeepers of Central Ohio

Gourmet Blends

Simply Dipping

Naturally Farmed Foods

Cutesy & Fun

Harley’s Soaps

doTerra Essential Oils

Origami Owl

Young Living Essential Oils

Sweater Lady

Leaf Filter North

WindowPro

Everdry Waterproofing

Margaret’s Creations

Vera NaturaLee

Gahanna Historical Society


News & Info

Herb Day Parking Map

Vendor Information about Herb Day

2016 Herb Day Craft/Wellness Vendor Application

2016 Herb Day Business Vendor Application

Also May 7 in Gahanna
Herb n' Arts Fair
GLHS Community Art
Veterans Memorial Park
73 W. Johnstown Road
12-6pm

Ice Cream Social
Gahanna Historical Society
Historical Society Settlement
101 S. High St.
11 am-4pm