Wimberley Senior Fair Update 

A big "Thank You" goes to Nanci Almond, Norma Stiegler, Charlene Johnston, Marian Buchanan, and DeAnn Murphy for decorating and hosting a table for HCU at the Wimberley Senior Fair on February 20th. The Fair provided an excellent opportunity to educate people on what our organization does and to invite people to join us for our upcoming program at the library as well as our meetings. We also provided a gift basket door prize won by a very appreciative recipient. Nanci provided fennel cookies which were quite a hit. There were many requests for the recipe and no leftovers!  

Next Meeting Wednesday, March 18, 2015 

Speaker: Diana Bell
"Luxuriating in Herbs: Fragrant Soaps, Scrubs, Powders and Balms" 

Refreshments Provided By:
Nanci Almond, Lindy Hutchison, Maridel Martinez 

Please welcome new HCU member 
Evie Martin 

Herb of the Month: Anise
Anise or aniseed is related to dill, cumin, caraway, and fennel. The Egyptians were the first to cultivate anise for use as a spice and the Romans used anise to aid digestion eating anise seed cakes after festivals. The anise fruit, commonly known as seeds, provides a spicy, sweet licorice flavor to breads, cakes, beverages, soups, and meats. Both leaves and seeds have the anise flavor. You'll find tips and recipes for using anise on the HSA website at http://www.herbsociety.org.

Dates To Remember
March 12 — HSA Webinar "Everything you want to know about Chia", http://www.herbsociety.org 
March 21—Herbal Forum @ Round Top, www.festivalhill.org 
March 25—Library Program entitled “Herbal Hit Parade” 6:30-8:30 
April 4—Deadline to vote for Sara for district delegate!
April 9—HSA Webinar "Women in Horticulture", http://www.herbsociety.org 
April 15—Field Trip to Wildflower Center 
May 6-10 —HSA 2015 Educational Conference and Annual Meeting of Members in Colonial Williamsburg

Contact us at:     hillcountryunit@gmail.com
Dear HCU members:

March is an interesting month. It is often said that March "comes in like a lion and out like a lamb." This saying certainly holds true for March thus far with rain, ice, wind, fog, and cold temperatures ushering us towards spring. We have just the events this month to get us in the mindset for spring and to also nurture us as winter winds down. Our program this month is "Luxuriating in Herbs: Fragrant Soaps, Scrubs, Powders and Balms" presented by Diana Bell of Bell Springs Products in Dripping Springs. Also next week is the Herbal Forum at Round Top. The plant sale is on Friday, March 20th and we'll have sign up sheets at the meeting for those interested in carpooling to the sale. Lastly, a panel of HCU members will give a program at the Wimberley Village Library titled "The Herbal Hit Parade: Best Herbs for the Hill Country Garden." 

For other herbal interests, don't forget about the webinars offered through HSA. The webinars are excellent opportunities to learn from nationally recognized presenters on trending topics. Webinars are free to HSA members, require registration, and are limited to 100 attendees at the live event. If you can not attend, the webinars are recorded and are available on the HSA website. Visit the HSA website to see the list of topics, dates, and presenters at http://herbsociety.org.

Congratulations to Sara Holland! Sara is nominated to be our district delegate for the South Central District. You should have received an email on March 6th from HSA regarding the election and asking you to place your vote. Please click on the links to view Sara's candidacy and the link at the bottom of the email to place your vote. Voting ends April 4.

It is with high hopes that the saying holds true that March will "go out like a lamb" as the new growth of spring is eagerly anticipated. Until then, enjoy Samuel Taylor Coleridge's words:

All Nature seems at work. Slugs leave their lair
The bees are stirring, birds are on the wing,
And Winter slumbering in the open air,
Wears on his smiling face a dream of spring.

See you at the meeting!
Marian and DeAnn