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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.

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.

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

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.

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

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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3 months ago

From all of us here at the Herb Center!

3 months ago

A quick FYI: The Herb Center will close early today at 4pm (Thursday, June 21), due to unforeseen illness. We will reopen at the regular time on Friday, June 22. We apologize for any inconvenience. ... See more

3 months ago
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In honor of the festival, the Ohio Herb Education Center will be closed this Friday and Saturday. We will reopen at our regular time next Tuesday, June 19. For more information, check out Creekside ... See more

It's just about here! The 20th Annual Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival starts tomorrow, Friday, June 14 here in Gahanna's Creekside district. Come see some of the best blues and jazz musicians from ... See more

3 months ago

Did you attend Herbs in the Alley? Do you still need to use your $10 certificate? Why not sign up for a class? We have 2 great classes being offered, Pollinators 101 6/23 1-3 pm and Herbal Ice ... See more

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Last 30 minutes of BOGO Herb Sale!

Do you still have room in your garden? Can't get enough of pots filled with herbs or trying to add some variety to your garden? Stop by the Herb Center 6/6-6/9! We are offering a Buy One Herb Get ... See more

3 months ago

We know it's summer because of all the visitors we have at the Ohio Herb Education Center from out of town. Today we had guests from Indiana and Massachusetts. Stop in and say hello. We'd love to ... See more

3 months ago

People love renting our space for baby showers, bridal showers and every now and then weddings. It holds a maximum of 25 but really an intimate group of 20 is best. Bring your own food and decor and ... See more

3 months ago

Do you still have room in your garden? Can't get enough of pots filled with herbs or trying to add some variety to your garden? Stop by the Herb Center 6/6-6/9! We are offering a Buy One Herb Get ... See more

4 months ago
Visit Gahanna takes over management of herb center

Herb Center in the News: Visit Gahanna takes over management of herb center http://www.thisweeknews.com/news/20180522/visit-gahanna-takes-over-management-of-herb-center | Story via ... See more

The city of Gahanna and the Gahanna Convention and Visitors Bureau, also known as Visit Gahanna, have announced a new collaboration to strengthen the

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The parking situation is tight as Friendship Park is booked for a community event. I am at the park entrance! ... See MoreSee Less

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The Herb Center staff had a very busy weekend. While some of our staff hosted a tour from Wisconsin, some of us went to the Great Lakes Herb Faire. It was a weekend full of learning and working to what we all strive for, which is a better understanding of the plants, deepening our knowledge and forming a community to support one another in our studies. Students get the benefit of these conferences when they sign up for classes such as Gahanna Herb Group, Botanical Beauty Bar and ABC's of Herbal Wellness. (All start this week!) We hope to see you in an upcoming class this fall. ... See MoreSee Less

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Our gardens are full to the brim with herbs. Want a deeper understanding of these plants and more? Enroll in a class today. ... See MoreSee Less

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Have you been into check out our selection of herbal based food products. All of our vendors are locally or Ohio owned and proud businesses. Today we are highlighting our jam and honey vendor.

Sweet Thing Gourmet has the most amazing jams and preserves from right here in Central Ohio. We have added their signature savory line to our shop. With flavors like Cardamom Plum and Peach Jam with Basil and Black Pepper, their preserves are a great addition to appetizers or part of a main dish or dessert.

Red Sky Apiary is our honey vendor from the southwest corner of Medina County. As a fellow beekeeper, we chose this honey vendor for their sustainable beekeeping practices! A favorite around here is Rose and Rose Hip honey as well as Hibiscus. There is bee magic in each jar!

Stop in to purchase items from these vendors and more.
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The Ohio Herb Education Center carries 3 very unique soap and body care product vendors.

Honey Grove Botanicals Personal Care & Candle Products is from right here in Gahanna, OH. Check out our special blend developed for the Herb Capital of Ohio, Herbal Surrender.

Lather Rinse Repeat is owned and operated by Nick Crowther. We sell soap, lotions and candles that are Ohio Proud. We love their Coconut Lime Lotion.

Our third vendor is Abundance Soaps from Northwest Ohio. Unique scents like Peace or Indigo Ohm keep us going back and ordering more. A cold process soap at it's finest! Stop in and let us help you choose one that fits what you need!
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