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OHIO HERB EDUCATION CENTER

110 Mill Street, Gahanna, OH 43230

Office: 614-342-4380

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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.

Herbal Tea Circle

Join us for an informal evening of tea and herbal discussion. We will sample a featured tea or blend, and enjoy light refreshment with an herbal twist, spending the hour discussing whatever herbal topics the group is interested in.

Dates: Wednesdays, Feb 7, Mar 7

Time: 7-8pm

Instructor: Jennifer Schneller

RDR/NR: $5/$7 per session

Location: Ohio Herb Education Center, 110 Mill St., Gahanna, OH 43230

Intro to Medicinal Herbs

Many people turn to medicinal herbs as a way to bring more nourishment into their lives. In this intro we discuss the advantages of medicinal herbs as well as their limitations. Learn about the actions of herbs and the three major lineages of herbal medicine. While sampling infusions, learn how to decipher formula labels and what questions to ask at a supplement store.

Activity: 52285.101:  Saturday, Jan 27 SOLD OUT
Activity: 52285.102:  Saturday, Feb 3 SOLD OUT-WAITLIST ONLY

Activity: 52285.103:  Thursday, Feb 8, 6:30-8:30p Direct date registration here

Activity: 52285.104:  Sunday, Mar 4, 1:00-3:00p SOLD OUT-WAITLIST ONLY

Activity: 52285.105:  Saturday, Mar 17, 1:00-3:00p

Instructor: Brooke Sackenheim

RDR/NR:$40/$45

Location: Ohio Herb Education Center, 110 Mill St., Gahanna, OH 43230

Call 614-342-4380 for easy registration! Already set up in our online registration system? Click here to register through Webtrac.

Advanced Herbal Tea Blending

So you think you brew a pretty good pot of tea? Join us for an in-depth exploration of building the perfect tea blend: a balance of flavor components and wellness benefits. We will look at more refined brewing techniques, try our hand at in-class blending, and taste some of our results. Take home a sample of a blend you build yourself!

Activity: 52256.101

Date: Saturday, Feb 24

Time: 1-2 pm

Instructor: Jennifer Schneller

RDR/NR: $25/$30

Location: Ohio Herb Education Center, 110 Mill St., Gahanna, OH 43230

Call 614-342-4380 for easy registration! Already set up in our online registration system? Click here to register through Webtrac.

DIY Series

Is your Pinterest page full of projects you haven’t tried yet? Have you ever watched a simple DIY video, but have yet to make anything? This year, we are offering one-hour hands-on classes to demystify do-it-yourself videos, blogs and Pinterest perfection. Each class will focus on one product, going in depth with how-to knowledge as well as addressing pitfalls and creative substitutions. At the end of the hour, go home with your product and cross that project off your list. Let’s have fun and make stuff!

Botanical Beauty Bar
This winter we take the guesswork out of making your own herbal beauty care products. Focusing on one product per class, we discuss the importance of each product, how to use it properly, and customize a take home version that matches your skin type. Utilizing hands-on techniques, you can walk away with the knowledge and confidence to make your own products at home, saving time and money.

Activity & Dates:
52294.103      Thursday, Feb 15    Facial Serums
52294.104      Tuesday, Feb 27     Facial Masks

Thrifty Herbal Homecare
This spring we delve into making green cleaning products from simple ingredients found around the house. The trick to running a natural home is to learn a few simple techniques, and then replicate them all over the house. Over the next two months we will work with the  basics, helping you feel at home making easy cleaners.

Activity & Dates:
52303.101     Thursday, Mar 15   Kitchen/Bath Sprays
52303.102    Tuesday, Mar 27     Kitchen/Bath Scrubs
52303.103    Thursday, Apr 19    Laundry Detergent
52303.104    Tuesday, Apr 24     Laundry Stain Stick

Time: 7-8 pm

Instructor: Amanda Ferguson

RDR/NR: Single Class: $15/$18; Series: $50/$60

Location: Ohio Herb Education Center, 110 Mill St., Gahanna, OH 43230

Call 614-342-4380 for easy registration! Already set up in our online registration system? Click here to register through Webtrac.

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.

Gahanna Herb Group

The Gahanna Herb Group is a 9-month program that focuses on herbs and their uses. Each month participants study one herb in depth, as well as learn hands-on culinary, cultivation and craft techniques. Herbs are viewed and studied from botanical, historical, folkloric, and wellness points of view. The group also receives informative guides that extend the learning beyond the classroom. Instructors include Herb Center staff as well as guest experts from Central Ohio. This cooperative learning environment is for individuals who would like to dedicate time to earn a deeper understanding of all things herbal.

“The instructors worked well together and were very informative. They made learning about herbs fun. I liked the hands on approach that kept the classes interesting and I was able to use what I learned right away.” –Past Herb Group Member

Day/Dates: Tuesdays, Jan 9, Feb 13, Mar 13, Apr 10, and May 8

Time: 6:30-8pm

Instructor: Jennifer Schneller & Brooke Sackenheim

Activity & RDR/NR:
52254.304    Spring Quarterly Payment    $80/$90 Mar-May
52254            One Time Drop in                   $30/$35

Location: Ohio Herb Education Center, 110 Mill St., Gahanna, OH 43230

Call 614-342-4380 for easy registration!

The Beekeeper’s Year 1- Beginner Basics

Everything in beekeeping starts and ends with the bees. A lot of people are interested in becoming backyard beekeepers, however they lack the confidence of taking on their own hive. This winter, join the Ohio Herb Education Center for A Beekeeper’s Year. Led by Dave Noble, an apiarist with over 20 years of experience in beekeeping, students will strengthen their knowledge of bees and colony behavior in order to develop their confidence in practicing bee keeping.

For more information see the following brochure: Beekeepers Year Trifold 

Call 614-342-4380 for easy registration! Already set up in our online registration system? Click here  to register through Webtrac.

Earthy Herbal Garden Series

This three month intensive course is designed to educate herb lovers about garden practices that will help them use the earth’s cycles and systems to work smarter, not harder, in the garden. Rather than “the way it’s always been done”, we will explore and update traditional growing techniques to make our modern gardens more productive, safer, and more inviting. Participants will enjoy professionally instructed sessions as well as documentation and supporting course materials, trustworthy resources, and simple projects to practice at home. Lively group discussions will help make complex concepts understandable. The full Earthy Herbal series consists of both classroom and hands-on technique sessions. You may choose to attend only the classroom sessions, or you may choose to attend both, but classroom sessions are required in order to attend the technique classes.

For more information check out our brochure: Earthy Herbal Garden Series Trifold

Location: Ohio Herb Education Center, 110 Mill St., Gahanna, OH 43230

Call 614-342-4380 for easy registration!

Already set up in our online registration system? Click here to register through Webtrac.

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.

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: $12.50 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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Little Hoop Stars, conducted by Jump Start Sports, still has spots for the Winter II session!

This instructional and recreational basketball program for children ages 4-6 will be held at Gahanna Middle School South on Sundays from March 4-April 15. Players are taught the basics of dribbling, passing, shooting, positioning, defense, and rebounding in a fun oriented program. To sign up for the 2pm-3pm time slot, or the 3pm-4pm time slot, please call 614.342.4250 or register online at bit.ly/2Duq26H
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Tuesday, Feb. 20 - Pizzurro Park & Pooch Playground is closed until further notice due to flooding. Once the water has cleared, the park will require clean-up before it can reopen. We apologize for the inconvenience.

UPDATE: 2:15pm Creekside island is now closed due to flooding. Once the water has cleared, the area will require clean-up before it can reopen.
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So you think you brew a pretty good pot of tea? Join the Ohio Herb Education Center for an in-depth exploration of building the perfect tea blend. They will look at more refined brewing techniques, try in-class blending, and taste the results. You can even take home a sample of a blend you build yourself!

This class will take place on Saturday, February 24 from 1pm-2pm. To register, call our front desk at 614.342.4250, the Herb Center at 614.342.4380, or go to bit.ly/2Bfp65m
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Advanced Herbal Tea Blending

February 24, 2018, 1:00pm - February 24, 2018, 1:00pm

So you think you brew a pretty good pot of tea? Join us for an in-depth exploration of building the perfect tea blend: a balance of flavor components and wellness benefits. We will look at more refine...

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The 2018 Spring/Summer Gateway is now available! There are plenty of activities, classes, and events for the whole family. We are offering 6 paddling experiences this summer, so be sure to check out page 18 for more information about those opportunities! You can view the Gateway online by going to bit.ly/2EsrATB

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Remember, Tumblin' For Kids Winter II sessions begin on February 28th. Morning and evening sessions are available and kids of a wide age range are able to participate!

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Next week is an exciting week for the Herb Center. We will be giving two talks at the The Columbus Dispatch Home & Garden Show. #HGShow Dispatch Home & Garden Show

Wednesday, February 21 at 3p, Brooke Sackenheim, Ohio Herb Education Center instructor, will present an in-depth look at five must-have herbs: how to grow them and how to use them. The Five Essential Herbs for the Garden lecture will
include easy cooking suggestions, as well as some surprising uses beyond the kitchen.

Sunday, February 25 at 12p, Join Jennifer Schneller, Ohio Herb Education Center instructor and certified plant geek for Starter Herbs to Enrich Your Garden. Come learn characteristics, growing tips & tricks, and get your burning herbal questions answered!

We have 2 pairs of tickets to give away. To enter tell us your favorite herbs and tag a friend who you loves gardening as much as you do!
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DIY Series-Botanical Beauty Bar: Facial Serums

February 15, 2018, 7:00pm - February 15, 2018, 7:00pm

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Hey folks! Sorry if it seems like we haven't been posting as much about herbs this month. We have been teaching LOTS of classes! The latest was about chocolate, which we tasted, drank and infused! Chocolate (Theobroma cacao) is a small tropical understory tree native to Mexico, Central America and northern South America. It requires growing temperatures between 70-90 degrees farenheit, and six FEET of rain per year. The parts we eat are from the fruit of the tree, a yellowish to reddish orange football shaped pod that grows directly off the trunk. The flesh of the fruit is sweet and juicy, but it is the seeds (or beans) that most people are familiar with. Once dried, fermented, roasted and ground, they are chocolate! Rich in antioxidants, healthy fats and mild stimulants such as theobromine, chocolate is one of the healthiest tasty treats around! And since humans have been consuming it for almost 4000 years, it seems the flavor will never go out of style. Happy Valentine's Day everyone! ... See MoreSee Less

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Earthy Herbal Garden Series

February 10, 2018, 12:30pm - February 10, 2018, 1:00pm

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Herbal Tea Circle

February 7, 2018, 7:00pm - February 7, 2018, 7:00pm

Join us for an informal evening of tea and herbal discussion. We will sample a featured tea or blend, and enjoy a light refreshment with an herbal twist, spending the hour discussing whatever herbal t...

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Tulsi is the more common name for Holy Basil, or Ocimum sanctum. It is a close cousin of sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum), which is the culinary herb most of us grow alongside our tomatoes. Native to the Indian Subcontinent, Tulsi is a perennial member of the Mint Family, and like many herbs in this group, it is rich in volatile aromatic compounds, making it a popular essential oil. Tulsi is held sacred in the Hindu faith, and is associated with the deities Krishna, Lakshmi and Hanuman. Widely used in Ayurveda, tulsi is often found in teas or infused into butter, and is thought to help control blood sugar and cholesterol. Many feel it helps to balance out stress in the body. ... See MoreSee Less

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Need a pick up me during this cold snap? Herbal steams are the answer. Give some love to your cold chapped face. Learn what herbs are great for dry, oily or normal skin. There is a charge for class, but you get great info, experience an herbal steam and take home a custom blended steam based on your skin type. We do have a couple spots open for drop ins tonight, but registering will guarantee your spot. ... See MoreSee Less

Botanical Beauty Bar-Herbal Steams

January 30, 2018, 7:00pm - January 30, 2018, 7:00pm

Is your Pintrest page full of projects you haven't tried yet? Have you even watched a simple DIY video, but have yet to make anything? Focusing on one product per class, we discuss the importance of e...

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