"For Use and For Delight"  -  John Parkinson



Savory is HSA's Herb of the Year for 2015
Savory belongs to the mint family of Lamiaceae.  Summer savory, Satureja hortensis, a delicate, pleasantly aromatic and popular culinary herb is widely used in the eastern European and American cuisines.  Winter savory, Satureja montana, has a sharp, pungent flavor and is less preferred in cooking. 

Cunila origanoides is HSA’s Notable Native Herb
for 2015
The genus name Cunila is from the Greek konilee for marjoram and the species name origanoides is from Origanum , resembling oregano.  Common names include Common dittany, Maryland dittany, Frost flower, Fairy skirt, Stonemint.  It is a perennial subshrub growing up to 18 inches.  The purplish to rarely white tubular flowers appear in clusters and bloom August to September.  It is used for traditional medicine and is an ornamental plant.

Read more about these and other herbs at www.herbsociety.org

The Herb Society of America

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

The Herb Society of America (HSA) was founded in 1933 for the purpose of expanding the knowledge of herbs and their uses.  The motto of HSA "For Use and Delight" is taken from the 17th century herbalist, John Parkinson.

HSA is an educational organization dedicated to learning about the cultivation of herbs, the study of their history and their uses both past and present.  HSA offers many educational opportunities at district gatherings and annual national education conferences.  The Society has a large borrowing library and website with educational material and publishes a quarterly newsletter and The Herbarist, which is an annual journal that blends scholarly and popular articles from authors who are experts on current herbal topics.  Members can participate in seed exchanges, have access to members only sites on the HSA website, participate in the American Horticultural Society's (AHS) Reciprocal Garden Admission Program plus many other benefits.  Check the website for more information at www.herbsociety.org.


February Unit Meeting
  Wednesday, February 18, 12:45m-3:00pm
  "Gardening with the Fae"
by Marjanna Bennett from the 
  Westminster O'Toole's Nursery.  Presentation is on
  fairies and how to create a space for them to visit your
  home.  This is a hands-on presentation.  Bring a flat
, pot or glass bowl for your garden.  For
  members, the soil and plants are covered by the Unit.
  Guest fee for soil and plants is $15 (CASH or CHECK
  only).  Items like fairy figures, furniture and houses
  will be available for purchase from Marjanna (CASH or
  CHECK only).  Feel free to bring your own miniatures to
  add to your garden.  
Arrive by 12:45pm for refreshments and social,
  meeting starts promptly at 1:00pm.
  Denver Presbytery Center, 1710 S. Grant, Denver
  Parking and entrance is in the back.

March Herb Study Group   
  Monday, March 2, 10:00am-12:00pm (noon), 
  Herb:  Mash mallow, Althaea officinalis
  RSVP to Dorothy K. or inquire at hsarmu@yahoo.com 
  for details and location. 

"My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece."
                                                        - Claude Monet

"Herbs are defined as plants (trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, biennials or annuals) valued historically, presently, or potentially for their flavor, fragrance, medicinal qualities, insecticidal qualities, economic or industrial use, or in the case of dyes, for the coloring material they provide."
       - Holly Shimizu, Executive Director of the U.S. Botanic Garden since 2000, 
First Curator of the National Herb Garden at The United States National
          Arboretum 1980-1988

Welcome to HSA-RMU

The Herb Society of America, Rocky Mountain Unit (HSA-RMU) is located in Denver, Colorado, founded in 1996, and works on a volunteer basis.  It was organized to further the knowledge and use of herbs and to share this interest with the greater community.  The Unit usually meets the third Wednesday of each month.  It consists of amateur growers of all areas of expertise and experience, from beginners to advanced herbalists, educators, garden designers, researchers, authors and others.  Each one is dedicated in some way to the world of herbs and shares that dedication with great enthusiasm.  The Unit is located in a climate where gardening can be challenging and valuable information is shared at our gatherings. 

At each Unit meeting the program addresses some aspect of herbs, such as taxonomy, culinary, landscape, craft uses of herbs, or a wide variety of other subjects.
  Field trips, potlucks, themed tea parties and garden tours are some of the additional activities available to members.  Committees provide even more venues for sharing and learning about herbs.  Interested members meet in sub-groups to study herbs and their uses such as culinary, personal care, medicinal, garden and herbal crafts.

The Unit co-hosts an annual plant sale in May in addition to maintaining an herb demonstration garden at The Hudson Gardens in Littleton.

The Rocky Mountain Unit is one of 46 units of The Herb Society of America located in seven regional membership districts.  Local units are autonomous groups.  HSA-RMU is located in the West District.

Website: www.hsarmu.yolasite.com    E-mail: hsarmu@yahoo.com

The Hudson Gardens

HSA-RMU maintains a beautiful herb garden at The Hudson Gardens in Littleton, Colorado, which is open to the public year-round.  The various herb themes explored at The Hudson Gardens demonstrates the most popular and easily maintained herbs for the Colorado climate.  The collection includes tea herbs, medicinal herbs, native herbs, potpourri herbs, culinary herbs, and thymes and edible flowers.

Contact: www.hudsongardens.org

 Many thanks to those who shopped at  our  2014 Annual Plant Sale.   See you again on May 16, 2015. 

"Every gardener knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle...
a seed waiting to sprout, a bulb opening to the light, a bud straining
to unfurl.  And the anticipation nurtures our dreams."
                                                                                              -  Barbara Winkler

Annual Tea Party  -  "Back to Our Roots"

  The theme for the Annual Tea Party this year is “Back to Our Roots.”  We are returning to the site of the First Annual HSA-RMU Tea Party which was held on February 22, 1998 at Celestial Seasonings in Boulder. 

  Members and their guest are invited to join us Friday, March 6, 2015 beginning at 10:30am with a Presentation in the Gardens, followed by a Tea Sampling and Private Tour.  Last is Lunch in the Café where we will stroll through memory lane reminiscing over the Unit’s photo albums.  If you are still in touch with our past members, please extend the invitation to them as well.  The presentation and tour are free.  Lunch will be at your own expense.  The Café offers soup, salad, sandwiches and a full–service grill, all for less than $9.  The menu is on their website.  RSVP to Dorothy K. by February 25, 2015 (
hsarmu@yahoo.com) to reserve your spot in the tea sampling and tour.  Carpool if you can.  Celestial Seasonings is located at 4600 Sleepytime Drive, Boulder, CO 80301, http://www.celestialseasonings.com,

It is in winter that gardens grow their best - 
  while the snow drifts through plant rows, covers walks, and
  fills in stone walls.  Garden books are in pleasant heaps by
  the fireside, and pencils trace black lines, guides for green
  hedges, fragrant borders, and clumps for emphasis.  One 
  garden plan begets another, the planning as fascinating
  as chess. 

       - Adelma Grenier Simmons, Herb Gardening in Five Seasons

Join Us

Whether you are a lifetime gardener or new to the world of herbs, we invite you to join us.  We welcome new ideas and value enthusiasm from members and volunteers, new and old.

Medicinal Disclaimer:
It is the policy of The Herb Society of America not to advise or recommend herbs for medicinal or health use.  This information is intended for educational purposes only and should not be considered as a recommendation or an endorsement of any particular medical or health treatment.