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​Field Trip to San Antonio Botanical Gardens

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

​Dates of Interest:

May 17—Webinar: 2016 Promising Plants: Reviews and Promises with Elizabeth Kennel, 2 pm EST
May 18—Field Trip to San Antonio Botanical Garden
June 14—Webinar: 2016 Herb of the Year, Peppers with Mark Ragland

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Dear HCU Members:

April showers caused us to cancel our field trip to the San Antonio Botanical Garden. We were all disappointed and so decided to reschedule our trip in place of our May meeting. Our May speaker, Robbie Warner, graciously agreed to move his Vermiculture program to our September meeting to make this happen. If you aren’t familiar with Vermiculture, you’re sure to become a fan after Robbie’s presentation. We look forward to it in September!

Many thanks to our Butterfly Festival volunteers! It was a beautiful day and rewarding event. Our gardens were gorgeous and lush, full of blooms and teeming with butterflies! We offered two butterfly art projects—the handprint butterfly and the coffee filter butterfly—and the Garden in a Glove seed germination project in which a plastic glove is used as a container to sprout seeds “planted” in the fingertips. All projects were very popular!

It was immensely enjoyable to see Butterfly Festival visitors enjoying our gardens and using our new limestone benches. Adults and children perused our Sensory gardens examining the various plants for their sensory qualities and asking questions. The bunny tail grass was a crowd favorite!

We’ve begun planning for Herb Celebration Day 2016. It will be on Friday, November 4 at Wimberley Methodist Church. Workshops to make the products that we'll sell in our Herb Shoppe will begin in the summer.

See you at the San Antonio Botanical Garden which is sure to be bursting with May flowers!
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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Our Herb of the Month is Nasturium
Tropaeolum majus

Go to to learn more about growing and using Nasturium. The entire plant is edible and has a peppery flavor! This native from South America could be found in Thomas Jefferson's Monticello vegetable garden and in Monet's garden in Giverny. Visit the HSA website for recipes including Nasturium vinegar, vinaigrette, and butter, a summer salad, and stuffed Nasturium flowers.

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Members volunteering at EATG Butterfly Festival