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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.

The Art of Formulation

Crafting an herbal formula can be a complicated part of learning herbal medicine. In this class we will dissect the components of classic formulas, define conditions of when to use simple versus compound formulas and discuss the various techniques involved in making formulas. We will practice crafting our own tea combinations and try them out in class. This is an intermediate class and students should have a materia medica of at least 8-10 herbs.

Activity: 52283.301

Age: 18+

Day: Sat

Date: Nov 11

Time: 1-3 pm

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.

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.

Day: Wed

Date: Nov 1, Dec 6, Jan 3, 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

Call 614-342-4380 for easy registration!

Herb Center Open House

If you are interested in joining the Gahanna Herb Group, Earthy Herbal Garden Series or The Beekeeper’s Year, but are unsure which one is the best fit for you, consider attending this free information session. We will discuss the details of each program, as well as talk about our upcoming workshops. No registration required. Begins promptly at 6:30pm.

Day: Thu

Date: Jan 11

Time: 6:30pm

RDR/NR: Free

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

Herbal Tea Blending 101

What better way to fight off cold weather and boost wellness than to brew up a nice hot cuppa! In this class, we will explore the definitions of tea, a variety of infusion techniques, the characteristics of some common tea herbs, and how to bring it all together to make magical pot a tea.

Activity: 52255.101

Age: 16+

Day: Sat

Date: Jan 20

Time: 1-2 pm

Instructor: Jennifer Schneller

RDR/NR: $20/$25

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.

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
Age: 18+
Day: Sat
Date: Jan 27
Time: 1-3 pm
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
Age: 168+
Day: Sat
Date: 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!

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.

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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Youth Volleyball, conducted by Jump Start Sports, still has spots for the Winter I session!

This fun and instructional program for boys and girls, ages 8-12, will be held at Gahanna Middle School South on Sundays from January 14-February 18. All fundamentals will be taught, including serves, sets, spikes, blocks, returns, positioning, and team strategy. To sign up for the 6pm-7pm time slot, or the 7pm-8pm time slot, please call 614.342.4250 or register online at bit.ly/2BkS7fA
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The height of the holiday season is here and Santa will be taking time out of his busy schedule to meet with the little ones. Join him this Saturday from 9am-2pm at the Ohio Herb Education Center!

Santa stopped by earlier this month to read letters from local kids. Be sure to watch the video to see if he read your letter!
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Little Hoop Stars, conducted by Jump Start Sports, still has spots for the Winter I session!

This instructional and recreational basketball program for children ages 4-6 will be held at Gahanna Middle School South on Sundays from January 14-February 18. 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/2BkS7fA
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You are invited to join the Active Seniors next Wednesday at 1pm at the Senior Center. We will be celebrating the holiday season with a performance from the GLHS chorale, holiday sing-a-longs by our Kitchen Band, cookies, punch, and a visit from Santa! ... See MoreSee Less

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If you are interested in joining the Gahanna Herb Group, Earthy
Herbal Garden Series or The Beekeeper’s Year, but are unsure which one is the best fit for you, consider attending this free information session. We will discuss the details of each program, as well as talk about our other upcoming workshops. No Registration Required. Begins promptly at 6:30pm. Free
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Herb Center Open House

January 11, 2018, 6:30pm - January 11, 2018, 6:30pm

If you are interested in joining the Gahanna Herb Group, Earthy Herbal Garden Series or The Beekeeper’s Year, but are unsure which one is the best fit for you, consider attending this free informati...

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Firs have been called "as high as hope, as great as love and as sweet as charity." St. Winifred declared the fir the holy tree of Christmas, whose evergreen boughs represent everlasting life. Firs are great for winter herbal applications: the tips can be used to flavor baked fish, the soft needles add wonderful scent to hot foot baths, and a syrup made from the young shoots is excellent for treating coughs! Young needles are high in vitamin C, and the resins found in fir tips are highly antimicrobial and soothing for the skin. In North America, the native balsam fir (Abies balsamea) is one of our most beloved Christmas trees due to its intense fragrance. The tree also provides shelter and food for a variety of wildlife, including squirrels, grouse, chickadees and the Io moth! ... See MoreSee Less

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Pines are one of our best loved evergreens. It was said that a pine tree hid the Holy Family beneath its boughs when they were fleeing Herod, and so it became one of the plants held sacred at Christmas. Pines are a symbol of longevity, and hold special meaning to cultures across the world, from Europe to Asia, and as far back as Roman times. Our modern Christmas tree stems from the Germanic mid-winter festival of Yule, and the use of the tree in Victorian Christmas celebrations. The most common native pine in the eastern United States is the White Pine (Pinus strobus). They may live to be 400 years old or more, and grow to a height of over 200 feet if left undisturbed. In herbal usage, a nutritious tea especially high in vitamin C can be made of pine needles, and the resin is said to have antimicrobial properties. Some Native Americans used the soft inner bark as a type of flour when times were hard especially in the winter, and some tribes were known to eat the sweet seeds found hidden in the cones. They called the White Pine the “Tree of Peace.” ... See MoreSee Less

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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.

This series of four in-depth classes are designed to give you the basic foundation you need to get started on your beekeeping journey.

Basic Bee Biology
We delve right into deconstructing a honey bee colony. Learn about the anatomy and behavior of bees and how a functional honey bee colony works. Understanding the biology and behavior directly affects the basic management practices of a beekeeper.

Date: Saturday, January 13, 10:00a-1:00p

Biology Based Management
The role of the beekeeper changes seasonally and year-to-year. In this class, we explore the fundamental management practices of the beekeeper, from monitoring to hive inspection, as well as how to modify your tasks based on the needs of the bee colony.

Date: Saturday, February 3, 10:00a-1:00p

City Bees
There are special considerations for keeping bees in an urban or suburban environment. In this class we will discuss how to be a good beekeeping neighbor and cover issues such as local codes, hive placement and swarm management.

Date: Saturday, February 24, 10:00a-1:00p

Basics of Working a Hive
We end this series with the bees. Using the knowledge from our previous classes we will practice a hands-on hive inspection. Learn about what tools are required and how to most effectively use them. Receive tips on how to interact with bees that can be enjoyable for both you and the bees.

Date: Sunday, April 22, 10:00a-1:00p**This is a tentative date. Seasonal temperatures may affect the time or date of this class.

Cost: $350/ $300 Gahanna Resident Rate
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The Beekeeper's Year 1: Beginner Basics

January 13, 2018, 10:00am - April 22, 2018, 12:00pm

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Exploring Your Inner Beekeeper

January 6, 2018, 10:00am - January 6, 2018, 12:00pm

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Herbal Holiday at the Herb Center

December 5, 2017, 6:00pm - December 5, 2017, 7:00pm

Join the staff of the Herb Center for extended shopping hours this fall. Sample local herbal delights while browsing our unique array of products for the herb lover.

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As we approach the winter solstice and the holidays are in full swing around us, we thought we would explore a group of herbs with particular symbolism this time of year: coniferous evergreens. These are the classic cone-bearing trees and shrubs, whose needle-like leaves remain on the plant year round. So why are evergreens so meaningful in this season? Evergreens have been revered as sacred back to ancient times, by groups as diverse as the Romans, the Celts and the Vikings. Their ability to maintain living energy and green leaves, even in the face of fading energy from the sun during this season of increasing darkness, was seen as a sign of strength, everlasting life and the promise of rebirth. Vikings put up evergreen wreaths over doors to guard against wandering evil spirits, set free by the diminishing sunlight. The ancient Germanic tribes would burn evergreen logs, now known as yule logs, to ward off the darkness and invite the sun to return. Bringing an entire tree into the house was thought to be particularly protective, and became the modern tradition of the Christmas tree. So join us this month as we explore the herbal traditions of seasonal evergreens. ... See MoreSee Less

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The tiny black poppy seeds that decorate your morning bagel and populate your favorite lemon muffin are from Papaver somniferum, or the opium poppy. Allowing the seed pods to mature after the flowers have faded makes the plant nearly useless for producing opium, but does generate the delicious little black seeds we use in baking. These seeds are also rich in oils, several B vitamins including folate, and minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium and zinc. Ground poppy seeds mixed with butter or milk and sugar with various flavorings, makes a delicious filling for pastries. In Ayurveda, such a paste is used as a skin softener and moisturizer. Historically, the seeds were used by ancient civilizations in a milk tea used to aid sleep and promote fertility. In the garden, the opium poppy is one of many ornamental flowers from the Poppy Family, which include the California Poppy, Himalayan Blue Poppy and the Red Poppy (of Wizard of Oz fame). It is an annual that grows to about 3 feet tall in dry, well drained soils and full sun, producing a single showy flower in shades of mauve and purple in early summer. ... See MoreSee Less

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