"For Use and For Delight"  -  John Parkinson


Summer Savory 

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.


October Herb Study Group   
October 5, 2015, Monday, 10:00am-12:00pm, 
Herb:  St. John's wort
RSVP to Dorothy K. or inquire at hsarmu@yahoo.com for details and location.

October Unit Meeting
October 17, 2015, Saturday, 9:45am-12:00pm
"A tour of the Hibiscus (Mallow) Family" 
by Paula Szilard
  Master Gardener, Herb Society member and tropical plant enthusiast Paula Szilard will give us a tour through the mallow family, focusing on Hibiscus, which she has grown for over 15 years.  Humans grow Hibiscus for pure enjoyment, but some members of this family are eaten as vegetables or drunk as tea.  Some can lower blood pressure and blood lipids.  Still others are used as fiber crops to make clothing, paper and rope.  Paula will focus on human use and medicinal properties where relevant, but will also discuss growing these plants in containers.
  After living, working and gardening in Hawaii for nearly 30 years, Paula retired to Colorado to be close to her family.  She has served as a Colorado Master Gardener in Arapahoe county for over 15 years and
at her home in Littleton on a large suburban lot where she has an Asian ornamental garden, a large vegetable garden, a raspberry patch and a front yard edible landscape in place of a lawn. 
  Arrive by 9:45am for refreshments and social, meeting starts promptly at 10:00am.
  Denver Presbytery Center, 1710 S. Grant, Denver

November Unit Meeting
November21  17, 2015, Saturday, 11:30am-1:30pm
Holiday Party Details to follow.


(See the "Activities and Information" page for more dates.) 

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

                                                                  -  Margaret Atwood

"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

To our valued customers,
so many thanks for making the
Plant Sale such a huge success!! 
See you next year.

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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
(3 blocks east of Broadway, 4 blocks north of Evans)


Huge selection of organically-grown herbs, tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables.  Plus annuals, perennials and ground covers for your garden or yard! 
Come rain or shine, we are warm and dry inside.
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

Garden Maintenance at The Hudson Gardens
  6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO
  HSA-RMU maintains the demonstration herb garden 
    at The Hudson Gardens. 
  Located next to Nixon's Coffee House.
  General daily admission to The Gardens is free for most
    visitors!  Exceptions apply, for details see:

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 Come see the new additions to the garden!

"My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece."

                                                        - Claude Monet


The Unit meetings are on a new day and time.  The Unit will meet on the third Saturday of the month, 9:45am-12:00pm (noon).  Check the "Activities and Information" page to confirm date, time and location of each meeting

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.