"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.


April Herb Study Group   
  Monday, April 6, 2015, 10:00am-12:00pm (noon), 
  Herb:  Alfalfa, Medicago sativa
  RSVP to Dorothy K. or inquire at hsarmu@yahoo.com 
  for details and location. 

Spring Cleanup at The Hudson Gardens
  Friday, April 10, 2015, 9:00am-11:00am
  6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO
  All members are invited to the Herb Garden at The Hudson
  Gardens.  This is the time of year to clean up HSA-RMU's
  demonstration herb garden at The Hudson Gardens.  It is
  also the time we pot up seedlings, transplants and divisions
  for the plant sale.

April Unit Meeting
  Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 9:45am-12:00pm (noon)
   Annual Meeting - election of officers
   "A New Field Guide: Wild Flowers and Other Plants of the Larimer County Foothills Region" by 
Jane Thomson.  The guide focuses on the most common, showy, native plants growing in the northern Colorado foothills between 5,000 and 8,000 feet in elevation.  Spiral bound and designed to carry easily in a pack, this 4x6-in guide contains color pictures of 115 plants, key traits for identification, comparisons between
similar species and fun facts to use in plant identification.  The guide was developed by a group of volunteers under the auspices of the Larimer County Natural Resources Department.  They include Dr. Paul Alaback, retired University of Montana Ecology Professor, Jenna McAleer, graduate botany student at CSU, Linda Bilsing, Lisa Matthews, and Janet Sitas, volunteer naturalists who lead wildflower hikes in the northern foothills, and Jane Thomson.
   Ms. Thomson formerly lived in Santa Fe, NM, where she was active in HSA's Sangre de Cristo Unit and also chaired the 2008 West District Gathering.  Now living in the Fort Collins area, she is an enthusiastic amateur wildflower photographer.  
Arrive by 9:45am for refreshments and social, meeting starts promptly at 10:00am.
   Denver Presbytery Center, 1710 S. Grant, Denver. Entrance is in the back.

 "In the Spring, at the end of the day,
you should smell like dirt."

                                                                  -  Margaret Atwood


The Unit meetings are on a new day and time.  The Unit will meet on the third Saturday of the month, 10:00am-12:00pm (noon).  Check the "Activities and Information" page to confirm date, time and location of each meeting.

"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 Saturday 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

The Herb Society of America, Rocky Mountain Unit  and Front Range Organic Gardeners    
Annual Plant Sale 

May 16, 2015, Saturday, 9:00am-1:00pm
Denver Presbytery Center, 1710 S.
Grant, Denver


Huge selection of organically-grown herbs, tomatoes,
, annuals and
perennials for your garden!
Plus bargains on ceramic pots and garden books, tools & décor.  And vendors of garden-related items too!
Please bring a water tight container to carry your purchases.

"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

18th Annual Tea Party   "Back to Our Roots" 
We returned to the site of the 1st Annual Tea Party which was held on February 22, 1998 at Celestial Seasonings in Boulder.  Our history with Celestial Seasonings does not begin there.  In 1996, HSA-RMU designed and planted the herb garden at Celestial Seasonings and maintained it for several years.

The 18th Annual Tea Party was held on Friday, March 6, 2015, at Celestial Seasonings in Boulder.  The day began at 10:30am where 23 members, past members and guests indulged in a Tea Tasting of several delightful teas.  Steve Spencer and Roger were our host and guide for the day, both began with Celestial Seasonings in the early 1970's.  Steve shared the history of Celestial Seasoning in a bit more detail than is normally given in the standard tour, sparking many memories within our group.  Roger followed-up with a short presentation in the theater and then lead us on the factory tour.  As everyone who has taken the tour knows, it was "breathtaking," especially the mint room.  Then it was off to the Celestial Café for lunch, cake, and a stroll through memory lane with the photo albums beginning in 1998.  We concluded with a stop at the Tea Shop before heading home. 

A special thank you to Steve and Roger who made our day so truly memorable.

Thank you "Old Man Winter" for giving us such a beautiful, sunny, spring day for our venture.  There were several inches of snow on the ground which made it impossible to see the herb gardens, although I understand that they had been replanted not long ago.  This begs for a field trip in the summer when we can enjoy the gardens in bloom.  

Celestial Seasonings, 4600 Sleepytime Drive, Boulder

"My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece."

                                                        - Claude Monet

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.