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Events and Meetings

Join us for business, announcements, herbal treats, and a featured presentation.
Society general meetings are held at Olbrich Botanical Gardens
unless otherwise noted.
Click on links for additional information.

Business meeting 9-10 a.m.
Program 10-11 or 11:30 a.m.

*Unless otherwise noted.

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2014 - 2015 Calendar
Printable MHS 2014-2015 Calendar of Events

Madison Herb Society Calendar of Events
Date Time Program
Saturday,
Sept. 13
2014
9 - 11:30 a.m.

All About Herbs with MHS

Whether a new or long-time member, this meeting is
for you. Pick up a 2014–15 MHS calendar of activities
and meet the new board members.

After a variety of herb demos, sample herbal treats and Smelling herbal bouquetplan which activities you’d like to attend this year. Stay to make name tags with dried herbs/flowers.

This is our 32nd year of herb education through classes, speakers, herbal treats, teas, holiday meals, garden tours, and the annual herb fair.

 

Saturday,
Oct. 11
2014
9 - 11:30 a.m.

Herb Fair Product Workshop

Come join the fun of packaging MHS’s favorite
signature product for the November fair - Wisconsin Herb Blend. The work goes quickly with lots of help, and after the packaging, enjoy some herbal treats and conversation.

Please note: this month we are meeting in the Atrium, not upstairs.

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Saturday,
Nov. 1
2014

9 a.m. -
3 p.m.

32nd ANNUAL HERB FAIR
Free event - Open to the public.

There will be lots of vendors, the MHS booth and the Educational Room with hands-on ideas that focus on herbal gardening, decorating, cooking, products, and/or crafts.

Speakers include:

  • Kathy Eich, Red Root Mountain - History and Uses of Mediterranean Herbs
  • Jill Yeck, Harvest Moon Herb Farm - Herbal Cosmetics and Gifts
  • Lauri Lee, Herb 'n Gardener - Mediterranean Herbs in Cooking

Click here for more information.

Click here to download the Herb Faire poster.

Download the Madison Herb Faire Press Kit.

Many types of culinary herbs are available at the Madison Herb Society Herb Fair!

Monday,
Dec. 1
2014
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Holiday Potluck

Jeanine Schreiner will host this year (decorate, plan setup and theme). This year's theme is "A Traditional Christmas." Please bring an herbal dish to pass that is traditional to you and your family, whatever your ethnic background. MHS member Beth Whitaker will play music for us.

There will be an optional cookie exchange. If you would like to participate, please bring two dozen cookies to exchange. Be sure to bring an extra plate or container to take your cookies home. The cookie exchange will follow dinner.

Bring your own place settings for meal, and personal items (toiletries or bath items) to donate to the Woman’s Shelter. Guests are welcome. We are looking for several volunteers to help Jeanine organize this event.

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Saturday,
Jan. 10
2015
9-11:30 a.m.

Starting and Growing Herbs Kristin Kordet-Blue Moon CSA

Kristen Kordet of Blue Moon CSA (Stoughton, WI) will share her tips for STARTING AND GROWING HERBS. Kristen has been a regular at the Westside Farmers Market for several years.

Sunday,
Jan. 31
2015
2-4 p.m.

Sage Study Group

The Sage Study Group dates are finalized! We're going to try something a little different this year - study groups are being offered in both the winter months and the spring months to provide more opportunities for MHS members to get to know each other and learn about Sage. In aSage Plantddition, we will cover the topics more than once, so if you miss a study group you will have a chance to catch up on a different date. This month we will study scientific name, common name, plant description, flower color and timing, hardiness zone, growing requirements, habitat, types of sage, methods of preservation, recipes and samples.
This month meets in DeForest.

Wednesday,
Feb. 11
2015
5:30 - 7 p.m.

Baking with Herbs Shelly Cross of Humble Pie in Madison, WI

Shelly Cross, of Humble Pie−BAKING WITH HERBS. This is an evening program.

Sunday,
Feb. 22
2015
2 - 4 p.m.

Sage Study Group Cheddar-Sage Cornbread

This session meets in Waunakee. We will focus on culinary uses, medicinal/herbal uses, parts used and preparation, other herbal qualities of interest, recipes and samples.

Sunday,
March 1
2015
2 - 4 p.m.

Sage Study Group Sauage, Sage and Butternut Squash Pasta

This session meets in De Forest. We will focus on scientific name, common name, plant description, flower color and timing, hardiness zone, growing requirements, habitat, types of sage, methods of preservation, recipes and samples.

Saturday,
Mar. 14
2015
9-11:30 a.m

Pressed Flowers, Cards, and Bookmarks Irene Lewandowski

Irene Lewandowski−PRESSED FLOWERS CARDS and BOOKMARKS. Irene Lewandowski of Hartland, WI, will demonstrate the art of Flower Pressing. Irene has been pressing plant material for many years, and is a former member of the Herb Society of America-Milwaukee unit. She will share some of her techniques including information on how we can preserve flowers and herbs from our gardens or from special bouquets.

Pressing flowers, leaves and herbs not only preserves blossoms, etc., but also can serve as a way to record your gardens or special occasions in an art form. Irene will bring samples of her work, along with her own presses, and show us how we can recreate these at home to make bookmarks, greeting cards, journal covers, placemats, stationery, invitations, and more.

Each MHS member will be able to make a FREE 4x6 pressed flower art piece that Irene will laminate. Please feel free to bring any of your own pressed flower mementos for show and tell.

Cost: Free to MHS members
Supplies: Irene will supply all the pressed material but asks members to bring Elmer's White Glue and Tweezers.

Sunday,
Mar. 22
2015
9-11:30 a.m

Sage Study Group

This session meets in Waunakee. We will focus on culinaryGarden Sage uses, medicinal/herbal uses, parts used and preparation, other herbal qualities of interest, recipes and samples.

Tuesday,
April 7
2015
6-8 p.m.

Sage Study Group Sage Varieties

Sage: Growing, Harvesting, Household Use and Bath and Beauty Application. This session meets in Waterloo.

Wednesday,
April 15
2015
6-8 p.m.

Sage Study Group Sage

Sage: Myth and Legend, Medicinal and Aromatherapy. This session meets in Waterloo.

Saturday,
April 18
2015
9-11:30 a.m

Tea Blending Jane Hawley Stevens of Four Elements Herbals

MHS member and owner of Four Elements Herbals, Jane Hawley-Stevens, will share her knowledge of blending herbal teas. Please bring an herbal treat to share and enjoy with our herbal teas.

Jane Hawley Stevens has been working with herbs from starting seeds to creating herbal wellness since 1981.
Jane believes that healing comes from Nature, so she dedicates her power to nurturing healing herbs, both cultivated and wild. These are hand harvested at peak potency to create her unique line of remedies.

In this rural setting, Jane has contributed her message of honoring Nature to schools, civic groups and through Four Elements Annual Open House in June over the past 23 years. Four Elements: Cultivating Natures Wisdom

Thursday,
April 23
2015
6 - 8 p.m.

Sage Study Group Sage Tea

Sage: New and Decorative Salvias for the Garden, Sage tea and Culinary uses. This session meets in Waterloo.

Saturday,
May 16
2015
9-11:30 a.m

MHS Plant Exchange

Bring plants, seeds, gardening books, and magazines for the plant exchange. Plant exchange is for members only.

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Saturday, May 30
2015
 

Carpool Adventure to Garden Centers and Lunch Outing

See March/April newsletter for complete details.

Saturday, June 20
2015
 

Chicago Bus Trip

Chicago Botanical Gardens, lunch at a Mediterranean restaurant, Baha'i Gardens, and Chalet Nursery.

July
2015
 

MHS Garden Tours

MHS Members’ GARDEN TOUR - Postponed until next year.

August
2015
Evening

Summer Harvest Potluck

Cancelled.

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