"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
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.
June Herb Study Group
Monday, June 1, 2015, 10:00am-12:00pm (noon),
Herb: Hawthorn, Crataegus oxyacantha
RSVP to Dorothy K. or inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org
for details and location.
May Unit Meeting - No meeting
See Plant Sale on May 16th
June Unit Meeting - Annual Picnic
Outreach - Public Library Exhibit
Lakewood Library, 10200 W. 20th Ave., Lakewood
May 4 to June 28, 2015
The exhibit includes examples of culinary herbs, herb
crafts, herbs used in dyeing, medicinal herbs, and a section
on fictional books featuring herbs. A stunning specimen of
dried milkweed catches the eye of library patrons and
promotes the cultivation of the plant for the purpose of
attracting monarch butterflies.
Spring Planting at The Hudson Gardens
Saturday, May 30, 2015, 9:00am-11:00am
6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO
The public is invited to "Meet the Herb Gardeners" in the
Herb Garden at Hudson Gardens. HSA-RMU will be
planting the annual and tender perennial herbs at the
demonstration gardens at The Hudson Gardens.
(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
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: email@example.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.
To our valued customers,
so many thanks for making the
Plant Sale such a huge success!!
See you next year.
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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
(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
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
"My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece."
- Claude Monet
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.
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.