Next Meeting:

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Annual Business Meeting
Gourd Painting Workshop 
Lead by Katherine Evans

​Dates of Interest:

June 14—Webinar: 2016 Herb of the Year, Peppers with Mark Ragland
June 22 Culinary Group meeting, 11-1, Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
November 4—Herb Celebration Day!

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Dear HCU Members:

Last month the weather held and we enjoyed a a lovely and cool day at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Many thanks to Alice Le Duc for leading our tour. Alice provided us with an insider view of the garden and shared her botanical knowledge pointing out certain plants and explaining their significance. I definitely plan to go back and spend more time there!
This month we are going to do things a little differently at our meeting. We'll have our meeting first and follow with our program/workshop. Our June meeting is the last one of our 2015-2016 year and is our annual business meeting. We'll elect our officers for the next two years and have a quick review of the state of the unit. This is also when you'll get the opportunity to sign up for our Herb Shoppe workshops. Our Herb Shoppe coordinator, LeeAnn Bower, will introduce you to the products that will be sold at Herb Celebration Day and will give you information about the workshops. There are exciting new products planned!
After our meeting, Katherine Evans will lead us in a gourd painting workshop. We'll provide gourds and paints and Katherine will guide us with her knowledge and artistic expertise. In the past, some members have made painted gourd birdhouses at small workshops to sell at Herb Celebration Day and this is an opportunity for all members to learn how. We have gourds of various shapes and sizes so get some inspiration and ideas from the internet where you can look at examples of painted gourds. Then you can let your creativity take it from there!

See you at the meeting!

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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Go to to learn more about Holy Basill. Holy Basil is native to India and is a sacred plant in the Hindu tradition. It is also called tulsi basil after the Hindu god Tulasi. Like other basils it is a member of the mint family and has historically been used for for treatment of colds and flu due to its antiviral, antibacterial, decongestant and diaphoretic properties. In India, it is used in a tea to clear congestion. Visit the HSA website for recipes including a Chicken Stir-Fry with Holy Basil and a refreshing Basil Lemon Mock Mojito!

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