Herb Day & An Herbal affair
Join us for herbal cocktail hour as you peruse new varieties of herbs all while supporting the Ohio Herb Education Center. Enjoy alcohol pairings from local beverage crafters and sample an array of herbal appetizers. Shop our sneak peek plant preview and beat the Herb Day rush. Each ticket includes six tasting tickets and a $5 Herb Center voucher towards your herbal inspired purchases--herbs included! Proceeds benefit the development of the Herb Center's front gardens.
Presented by Fresh Thyme Farmers Market - Gahanna
Schedule of Events
Susan Liechty, Advanced Master Gardner
Learn more about the top twelve most popular herbs selected by the members of The Herb Society of America. Learn how to grow with success, simple harvesting techniques, and the many uses to transform your life using herbs.
Born and raised in Central Ohio, Susan Liechty is the past president of The Herb Society of America and a founding member of the Delaware Unit in 1997. She is an Advanced Master Gardener in Delaware County and is a contributor to Edible Columbus, The Delaware Gazette, and The Herbarist magazine. Her love for all things Italian, travel, food, photography, gardening, herbs, and art have all contributed in the creation of her new blog; www.palettesofitaly.com.
Deborah Zerkle, LMT, CA, Homestead Aromatics
Aromatic hydrosols are produced during essential oil distillation, yet contain water soluble compounds that are not present in the essential oil. Hydrosols are very gentle, wonderful plant products. Deborah will demonstrate making a cooling, refreshing spray for the skin, plus give tips on using hydrosols for daily living.
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.
11:30a Homestyle Cooking with Herbs
Chef Micheal Bell, Barrel & Boar
Sponsored by the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau and Gahanna's Herbal Trail: www.visitgahanna.com, 614-418-9114
Chef Michael will lead this cooking demonstration—sharing hands-on tips for infusing herbs into your homemade culinary creations. An experienced chef with a fresh-is-best philosophy, he will offer creative suggestions for elevating your recipes through simple herbal flavor combinations.
Born and raised in Central Ohio, Chef Bell is an alumnus of the Columbus State culinary program and apprenticed under chef James Decker at The Lakes Country Club. Michael also spent the better part of the last 20 years in the Cameron Mitchell restaurants organization. Chef Bell has a true passion for treating quality ingredients with simplicity and care.
12:30p Garden Club Mixer
Garden clubs are a wonderful source of education and social networking for people who are looking to increase their garden knowledge. They are also wonderful community assets, volunteering to support parks or teach future generations about the world of plants. This year the Herb Center wanted to connect those who are looking for new gardening experiences with clubs from around Gahanna and Central Ohio. Join us for a 40 minute meetup and see what’s available for education and activities related to gardening and plants.
1:30p Herb Walk
Aniko Zala, Wild Origins
Aniko will be leading a backyard medicinal plant tour around the Ohio Herb Education Center and the Creekside Plaza Trails. We will identify and examine the common backyard medicinal plants that grow freely in our backyards and in central Ohio's parks while also learning about the body systems they support and nourish.
Aniko is an herbalist, maker, and educator whose interests lie in the intersection between nature, self-empowerment, and self-care. Her herbal workshops help others find the power that herbs have to bring their bodies and minds into balance.
2:30p Five Essential Herbs for the Garden
Jennifer Schneller, Ohio Herb Education Center
We know that using herbs in cooking and in wellness has huge benefits, but did you know that growing herbs can actually help keep your garden healthier too? From attracting beneficial insects like pollinators to enriching the soil, come learn how these easy to grow herbs will benefit not just you, but your green and growing spaces as well.
Jennifer 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.