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OHIO HERB EDUCATION CENTER

110 Mill Street, Gahanna, OH 43230

Office: 614-342-4380

LEARN

Building on our mission to educate the public about the benefits and various uses of herbs in everyday life, the Ohio Herb Education Center offers a variety of learning opportunities. Whether you are looking for new culinary twists, in-depth gardening advice, wellness information or ideas on how to use your herbs, we offer programs that inspire you to try something new.

Explore our current list of programs (preregistration is required):

Workshops
One-time sessions on a single topic that rotate seasonally. Check back quarterly or join our Facebook page or email mailing list.

Intensives
A series of classes that allow participants to delve into specific areas of herb education.

Herbal education is a lifelong study. Intensives are a series of classes providing a more immersive experience. Students study with the herb center staff as well as herb experts from around Ohio to learn botany, in depth herb profiles, herbal folklore and history, and culinary or wellness approaches. Moving beyond lecture, students also examine and experiment with herbs using multi-sensory techniques and learning practical, hands-on applications. Intensives courses require curiosity and commitment, but students find they gain a new and deeper understanding of herbs.

HERB CAPITAL OF OHIO

The Herb Center is located in the City of Gahanna — the Herb Capital of Ohio — just east of downtown Columbus and adjacent to Port Columbus International Airport in the heart of Gahanna. The Nafzger-Miller house, in which the Herb Center is located, is listed in the National Register of Historical Places with the original structure being built in 1855 and additions made to the home in 1910. The center includes a gift shop, parlor and kitchen and is used for classes, parties, meetings and rentals.

CELEBRATE ALL THINGS HERBAL THIS MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND!

*NEW* Herbs in the Alley is Friday, May 11

Herb Day is Saturday, May 12

Click here for details.

UNIQUE HERBAL EXPERIENCES

The Ohio Herb Education Center is located in the City of Gahanna, the Herb Capital of Ohio, just east of downtown Columbus and adjacent to Port Columbus. As head of the Herbal Trail, we can create an herbal experience that your group will not forget. For more information on what Gahanna has to offer, visit the Gahanna Visitors Bureau. Plan your visit today!

HERB TALKS

Teas, Tonics & Elixirs
Sometimes the right combination of herbs and liquids can create a not only a healthy drink but a tasty beverage too. This class will simplify the complex art of brewing herbal teas. Learn new techniques like infusions and decoctions; understand what makes a tonic different than a tea and when to brew one or the other. Discover the allure surrounding elixirs.

Thyme for Fun in the Kitchen
Herbs can be the signature part of a culinary experience with their sweet, tart, and pungent flavors. Discover the fun facts about popular kitchen blends such as Herbs de Provence. Learn new ways to enhance every day recipes with herbals salts, sugars, butters and simple syrups. Participants come away inspired to create their own culinary creations using herbs.

Cleaning – The Herbal Way
Receive herbal “eco friendly” ideas for cleaning your home. Natural cleaning products made right in your own home provide better indoor air quality, greatly reduce the use of toxic products, and help save money. Learn how to make your own home-made soft scrub, herbal laundry aids, window cleaner, and herbal air fresheners.

The Symbolic Language of Herbs
Before texting, emails and even phones, people used to communicate with plant bouquets. Floriography, the language of flowers, was a practice that focused specific meanings and messages in the arrangement and with particular flowers and herbs. We will discuss the history of this practice and how it has been transformed through the ages, particularly by the Victorian era. Learn the secret messages of some of our favorite garden herbs.

Sacred Herbs of the Bible 
Herbs have been a part of human life since the dawn of civilization. They had a seamless integration in all aspects of family life, as food, medicine and in ritual. One can find them in several passages in the Bible, illustrating the themes and stories. In this lecture we will learn about the spiritual link that Rosemary, Hyssop, Spikenard, Dill and Lavender all contributed to our past and how they can be significant additions to our modern lifestyle.

Cost: $13.00 per person per 45 minute-1 hour; 6 person minimum
1 1/2 hour and 2 hour demonstrations available, please call for details.

HANDS-ON HERB CRAFT
This hands-on craft allows participants to experience how easy it is to incorporate herbs into a simple take home product. Each craft is themed to match the related experiential workshop.

Cost: $4 per person; 6 person minimum

Contact the Herb Center at 614.342.4380.

AN HERB SHOP DEDICATED TO ALL THINGS HERBAL

The Ohio Herb Education Center gift shop has that unique gift for the herb lover in your life. Inside you will find local honeys, custom selected teas, custom scented candles, tea presses and tea accessories. Our books are a selection of great resources on herb gardening, cooking, and herb craft.

VENDORS
Aimees Blue Ribbon Spices, Mockingbird Meadows Herbal Health Farm, Black Radish Creamery, Sweet Thing Gourmet, For Life Design, Herbal Sage Tea Company, Jane Inc., North Market Spices, Urban Moonshine, Woman’s Work, Honey Grove Botanicals, Gourmet Farm Girl, Jorgensen’s Farm, Mountain Rose Herbs, Root and Willow, Brother Veterans, Root 23, Champaign Paper, Earth Philosophy, Lather Rinse Repeat, Little City Love, Nature’s Magic, The Onyx Exchange, Sen Cha Naturals, Storehouse Tea Company, Under Aurora

RENTING THE NAFZGER-MILLER 1910 PARLOR

Looking for a unique space to hold your next event? Consider the Ohio Herb Education Center’s parlor. Suitable for parties of 20-25 people, this historic space offers the options of three refinished round tables, two porches and a kitchen. Our Herb Center Rental Brochure contains photos and detailed information.
For $15.00 the Ohio Herb Education Center can supply insulated cups and hot/iced tea of your choice for your event.

Call 614.342.4380 for reservations.
Herb Center Parlor Rental Forms are available for information on rental policies and rates.

Ohio Herb Education Center Rental Fee Schedule:

Suggested parlor capacity 20
maximum is 25 people
3-Hour Rental
Monday-Thursday
Additional Rental
Time by the Hour
3-Hour Rental
Friday-Sunday
Additional Rental
Time by the Hour
 Gahanna Resident Rate (RDR)  $105 $35 $150 $50
 Standard Rate $150 $50  $225 $75
 Additional Services
 Herbal Tea $15 $15

RENTING THE NAFZGER

MILLER 1910 PARLOR

Looking for a unique space to hold

your next event? Consider the Ohio

Herb Education Center’s parlor.

Suitable for parties of 20-25 people,

this historic space offers the options

of three refinished round tables,

two porches and a kitchen.

Our Herb Center Rental Brochure 

contains photos and detailed information.

For $15.00 the Ohio Herb Education

Center can supply insulated cups and

hot/iced tea of your choice for your event.

Call 614.342.4250 for reservations.
Herb Center Parlor Rental Forms 

are available for information on rental

policies and rates.

Ohio Herb Education Center

Rental Fee Schedule:

Suggested parlor capacity 20
maximum is 25 people
3-Hour Rental
Monday-Thursday
Additional Rental
Time by the Hour
3-Hour Rental
Friday-Sunday
Additional Rental
Time by the Hour
 Gahanna Resident Rate (RDR)  $105 $35 $150 $50
 Standard Rate $150 $50  $225 $75
 Additional Services
 Herbal Tea $15 $15

The Herb Center is located in the City of Gahanna — the Herb Capital of Ohio — just east of downtown Columbus and adjacent to the John Glenn Columbus International Airport in the heart of Gahanna. The Nafzger-Miller house, in which the Herb Center is located, is listed in the National Register of Historical Places with the original structure being built in 1855 and additions made to the home in 1910. The center includes a gift shop, parlor and kitchen and is used for classes, parties, meetings and rentals.

VOLUNTEER
Sign up to volunteer by contacting our volunteer coordinator at herb.center@gahanna.gov.

NEW FALL INTENSIVE PROGRAMS

Intensive Information Sessions:
If you are considering one of our intensive series classes but are unsure which one is the best fit for you, consider attending one of our free information sessions. We will discuss the details of each program, answer questions, and meet instructors and past participants. Free to attend. No Registration Required. Begins promptly at 6:30 pm.

Dates: Tuesdays, July 11 or August 15, 6:30 pm

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

“I was enthralled by the class and the amazing presentation and vast knowledge of the instructor.”

Herbal Wellness Kit participant

“A hidden ‘gem’. I was so excited that something like this exists.”

Herbal Spa Day participant

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