Dates To Remember

June 11—Webinar: Tussie Mussies with Geri Laufer at 2:00 PM EDT, visit http://herbsociety.org to register

June 17—Turn in your HCU logo design!

June 18—Make sure Becky Ellisor has recorded all of your volunteer hours

October 23—Herb Celebration Day!!



Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at the Wimberley Presbyterian Church from September through June. Meet at 9:30 for refreshments and social time. Business meeting and program from 10 until noon.  

Herb of the Month: Lovage

Lovage is a hardy perennial related to parsley, dill, and angelica. It is similar tasting to celery, only stronger, and the leaves and seeds are used as a substitute for celery in cooking. Just be sure to use less due to its concentrated flavor. In European countries, lovage was used as a salt substitute in World Wars I and II. Its young leaves are the sweetest while older leaves mature to a bitter flavor. Historical uses of lovage date back to the Romans who used it to aid digestion, cure jaundice, and treat nausea. Additionally, a prominent English herbalist from the 1600's, Nicholas Culpepper, noted that a tincture made from the leaves removed freckles! For culinary uses, add leaves to soups, stews, salads, and chicken dishes. Also, rubbing crushed leaves around the rim of a salad bowl will impart the flavor to the salad. You'll find tips and recipes for using lovage on the HSA website at http://www.herbsociety.org. There is a recipe for potato salad with lovage and an herbal garlic soup that has a beautiful presentation.

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Dear HCU members:

"Summer makes a silence after spring," says Vita Sackville-West, which is what many of us will appreciate following such a tumultuous May. We have seen the worst results of weather and the best actions of people. I am saddened for the losses I’ve witnessed—for individuals, our community, and environment—and uplifted by the strength demonstrated by friends, families, and strangers. Spring represents growth and new beginnings and we’ve seen this in action in our community. If this is spring, then I look forward to summer bringing new hope and with it a settling in and calmness.

June 30th marks the end of our business cycle and that brings some administrative duties. For members, that means making sure that Becky Ellisor has all of your volunteer hours recorded as she will turn in a report to HSA for all members’ hours for the year. You may fill in your hours in the volunteer log at this month’s meeting or email any outstanding hours to Becky by June 18th.

Another administrative item, though more fun than logging hours, is signing up for Herb Shoppe workshops. Sign up sheets for the following workshops will be out at the meeting: chutneys, dried wreaths, herbal syrups, herbal vinegars, jams & jellies, lotions, scrubs, sprays, and bath salts, meat rubs, mustards, painted gourds, pressed flower coasters & bookmarks. Becky Smith is coordinating Herb Shoppe activities and you’ll begin hearing from her by email as workshops start getting scheduled and underway.

Most of all, you’ll want to be at this month’s meeting to experience Mary Doebbeling’s pesto. Mary will show us how to make pesto and will have tastings, of course!

Until then, enjoy the sunshine and this English proverb:

“Kind thoughts are the roots; 
kind words are the flowers; 
kind deeds are the fruits." 

-DeAnn
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"