Next Meeting:

​Field Trip to San Antonio Botanical Gardens

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Bring your HSA membership card for free admission

Lunch at the Carriage House Bistro

*Reservation and prepayment required for lunch

Cost $15

Send check made out to HCU of HSA and mail to Sara Holland to pay and reserve your spot for lunch by April 15

​Dates of Interest:

April 14—Webinar: Herb Safety 101: Guidelines for Using Herbs Safely with Maria Noel Groves, 2 pm EST
April 16—Butterfly Festival at EATG
April 20—Field Trip to San Antonio Botanical Garden
April 29—Herb Society of America Annual Members Meeting, Asheville, NC visit to register.
May 3—Austin Herb Society meeting presentation featuring Susan Wettig Albert discussing a history of herbal brews 9:30-12, Zilker Botanical Garden,
May 17—Webinar:2016 Promising Plants: Reviews and Promises with Elizabeth Kennel, 2 pm EST

*For Webinars, members visit and log in to register or view later.

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Dear HCU Members:

HCU is partnering with the Pioneer Unit on a research project on the lavender hybrid 'Phenomenal'. Lavender 'Phenomenal' was developed by Peace Tree Farm and introduced in 2012. It is a very hardy lavender that has shown tolerance to extreme heat and humidity and is resistant to common root and foliar diseases. It was named as a "Must-Grow Perennial" by Better Homes and Gardens in 2013. We need about 8 people to help with this project. Each participant will receive two 'Phenomenal' plants along with instructions and a record sheet. Participants will track and record their plants' progress for one year. Plants must be planted in native soil in a site with perfect drainage. To participate, contact Sara Holland at

Saturday, April 16, is the annual Butterfly Festival at EmilyAnn Theatre and Gardens. HCU will have a tent and tables set up in our Sensory Gardens offering three children's activities. Many thanks to the Education Committee for their creativity and effort to make this happen. Volunteers are scheduled to work shifts to assist the children. If you didn't get a chance to sign up and want to help, email DeAnn Murphy for more information and to get on the schedule. 

Last but certainly not least, stop by our Sensory Gardens at EATG to see our new limestone benches! They were funded by our grant from the Wimberley Lions Club and procured by Nan Perkins. Thank you Lions and Nan!


The mission statement of the Herb Society of America is to "promote the knowledge, use and delight of herbs through educational programs, research and sharing the experience of its members with the community.

The Society is committed to protecting our global environment for the health and well- being of humankind and all growing things. We encourage gardeners to practice environmentally sound horticulture.

The Motto of the Society is taken from the herbalist, John Parkinson: "For Use and Delight"
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