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Annual Herb Faire

The Herb Faire annually sponsored by the Madison Herb Society, reaches out to the public through lectures and demonstrations and provides an outlet for members to expand their knowledge and abilities to use herbs.

2018 Herb Faire

Saturday, November 3

36th Annual Herb Faire


9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

at Olbrich Gardens

3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI


Free Admission to the Faire!

Herbal vendors, workshops, and demonstrations.

Free Herbal Presentations in the Atrium

Theme: Beyond Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme


Vendor List


9:30 a.m. ~ Erin Presley

Erin Presley

Growing Herbs for Tea

Your garden can offer a wealth of herbal flavors for refreshing summer and warming winter beverages. Olbrich Herb Garden horticulturist Erin Presley will cover the basics of growing, using, and preserving herbs commonly used for beverages, from old standbys like mint tea to fun new ideas like setting up an herbal cocktail station! We’ll even try a few samples.

Erin Presley is a Horticulturist at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin, where she manages the Herb, Wildflower and Pond Gardens. Her diverse gardening interests include salvias, American ginseng, mulleins and evening primroses, self-seeding annuals, sedges, and - of course - other herbs and vegetables of all kinds!

Handout - Growing Herbs for Tea


11:30 a.m. ~ Neeta Saluja

Neeta Saluja

Cooking with Indian Herbs and Spices

We will discuss several spices, their origin, How to store them. Wet and dry spices, how and when to use various spices in Indian cooking to obtain their optimal flavor. We will also discuss some of the common techniques in Indian cooking. Learn how to prepare spices, such as roasting, powdering and making some spice mixes for certain dishes to make signature dish.
Many herbs are also part of traditional Indian cooking, to enhance flavors, and to give
a particular taste to a certain dish. Learn skillful blending of spices and herbs to create
a well-balanced dish with great aroma and taste.

Neeta Saluja was born in Agra, the city of the Taj Mahal and educated in Bhopal, India. She is the author of “Six Spices: A Simple Concept of Indian Cooking”. Neeta has traveled extensively throughout India and internationally, teaching Indian cooking for more than two decades in the United States, Australia and Japan. She currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband.
Herbs and spices both play an important role in cookery worldwide.

Neeta will also have her cookbook, Six Spices: A Simple Concept of Indian Cooking available to purchase after her presentation. Hardcover is $29.95 and paperback is $21.95.

Handouts - Tomato Rassum (soup recipe)

Ginger Chai Recipe


1:30 p.m. ~ Joan Flynn

Joan Flynn

Making Wreaths and Dried Arrangements
from your Garden

Joan Flynn will be demonstrating the process and art of wreath-making, including small
sage wreaths, sweet Annie and floral wreaths, and wreaths made from unusual materials
such as male fern fronds and tomatillo husks.

Joan Flynn, a long-time member of the Madison Herb Society, is a Dane County
Master Gardener specializing in growing vegetables and herbs.


Learn more about being a vendor at the Herb Faire.

2018 Herb Faire Poster (PDF)

2018 Herb Fair Poster (JPG)

Speaker handouts will be posted after the Herb Faire,
if electronically available.


For additional Herb Faire information:
Email: info@madisonherbsociety.org
or call Linda Marx 608.249.7717 (Vendor Info)

Publicity, press release and photos for press use.

How it All Began

In 1983 the Madison Herb Society sponsored the first Herb Faire at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in order to educate the public about herbs and raise money to further the activities of the organization. The Annual Herb Faire continues its tradition of offering members of the Society and the general public an opportunity to learn about the culture and use of herbs. Each year the addition of new events broaden the scope of learning experiences for all who attend. Enjoy a fun-filled, day-long fair with herb demonstrations, herbal food, and the sale of a wide variety of herb products from cookbooks to wreaths.

Please give back to the Herb Society by working on the day of the faire and bringing a donation to sell at the booth.

Past Herb Faire Information

For a taste of previous Herb Faires, click on the links below to read about speakers and demonstrations.

2017 Madison Herb Society Herb Faire

2016 Madison Herb Society Herb Faire

2015 Madison Herb Society Herb Faire

The Basics of Cordial Making
The Basics of Making Herbal Vinegars