"For Use and For Delight"  -  John Parkinson

International Herb Association Herb of the Year 2018
Hops Humulus spp. 

HSA's Notable Native Herb for 2018
Salix L. species
  Common Name:  Willow, sallow, osier

HSA’s Notable Native Herb for 2018
  Salvia L. species
  Common Name:  Sage in many variations and chia

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.


Guests are welcome to most meetings...

October Unit Meeting - (RSVP Required)
October 27, 2018, Saturday  9:45am-12:00pm
Program: "Corn Husk Dolls" by Claudia Callas
   Corn husks were braided for rope and twine, coiled into containers and mattresses, and used as kindling and fires.  Corn husk dolls have been made by Northeastern Native Americans probably since the beginning of corn agriculture more than a thousand years ago.  Brittle dried corn husks become soft if soaked in water and when folded and tied become sturdy dolls.  Making corn husk dolls was adopted by early European settlers and is now practiced in the United States as a link to Native American culture and the arts and crafts of the settlers.
  Claudia Calla's loves have been the late 1700's and Linen.  After moving to Wheat Ridge in 1973, she returned to McLean, Virginia in the spring and fall to visit family and take part in the Claude Moore Colonial Farm Market Fair.  She portrayed an 18th century herbalist and played her recorder for the puppet show.  Other fair activities were corn husk doll making, candle dipping, quill pen writing, potpourri sachet making, and dance.
Location:  Kirk of Bonnie Brae, United Church of Christ
                  1201 S. Steele St., Denver, CO  80210
Required:  RSVP to hsarmu@yahoo.com 

November Unit Meeting - (Members Only)
November 17, 2018 11:00am-2:00pm
Program:  Holiday Pot Luck and Gift Exchange
Location:  Hudson Gardens, Log Cabin Inn
                 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton

December 2018 - No meeting

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October Herb Study Group - 
October 1, 2018, Monday 10:25am-12:30pm
Herb:  Cutting Celery
Location:  Denver Mental Health Center,
                3401 Eudora St., Denver

November Herb Study Group -
November 5, 2018, Monday 10:25-12:30pm
Herb:  Notable Native Herb of the Year
Location:  Denver Mental Health Center,
                3401 Eudora St., Denver

December Herb Study Group -
December 3, 2018  (Time TBD)
Herb:  Restaurant Herb
Location:  TBD

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October Steering Committee Meeting - (Members only)
October 10, 2018, Wednesday  9:45am-12:00pm
Location: 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton
              Conference Room 

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

"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

O'Toole's Garden Center 

...is a major supporter of the Rocky Mountain Unit. 
Our sincere thanks to Chris for his endless generosity
through the years. 

O'Toole's is located at 5201 S. Federal, Littleton.  

"My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece."

                                                        - Claude Monet

Herb Demonstration Garden, The Hudson Gardens
  6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO
  HSA-RMU maintains the demonstration herb garden at The Hudson Gardens.
    Located next to the Vegetable Garden.
  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!

"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

The Herb Society of America, Rocky Mountain Unit and
Front Range Organic Gardeners     
17th Annual Plant Sale
of Organic Garden Plants
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To our valued customers,
so many thanks for making the
Plant Sale such a success!!!
See you next year.

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For more Information

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

                                                                  -  Margaret Atwood

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.