"For Use and For Delight"  -  John Parkinson


Summer Savory 

Peppers Capsicum ssp is HSA's Herb of the Year
for 2016
Pepper is a member of the Solanaceae family along with tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant and tomatillos.  Chili peppers have been cultivated for over 7,000 years.  There are more than 10,000 varieties in the world.  Capsaicin is an odorless tasteless antioxidant in plants from the genus Capsicum and is the chemical component that causes the heat in the chili peppers.  One fresh medium sized green chili pod has as much Vitamin C as six oranges according to the Chili Pepper Institute.

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. 

HSA’s Notable Native Herb for 2016
Mountain Mint
Pycnanthemum Michx.

Mountain mint is the commonly accepted name for roughly 20 species of Pycnanthemum native exclusively to North America.

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.


December Herb Study Group -  
December 5, 2016, Monday, 12:30pm-2:30pm
Herb: Lunch, converse with their chef
Location:  Sherpa House Restaurant and 
  Cultural Center, 1518 Washington Ave., Golden
RSVP required to Betty Jo P.

January Herb Study Group  -
January 9, 2017, Monday, 10:30pm-12:30pm
Herb:  Mountain Mint,  Pycnanthemum
Location:  Overland Park Golf Course Tavern,
                1801 S. Huron St., Denver 

December Unit Meeting - No Meeting

January Unit Meeting -
January 21, 2017, Saturday, 9:45am-12:00pm
Program: Denver Botanic Gardens, York Street,
  "Behind-the-Scene Tour"
   Arrive by 10:00am at the lobby court 
Location:  Denver Botanic Garden, 
   1007 York Street, Denver

February Unit Meeting  - 
February 18, 2017, Saturday, 11:00am-1:00pm
Annual Tea Party (RSVP required)
Guests are welcome, cost is $30.
Location:  Wildflower Tea Room,
  9009 Metro Airport Ave., Broomfield

March Unit Meeting  - 
March 18, 2017, Saturday, 9:45am-12:00pm
Program: "Garden Structures We Have Created In
Our Own Gardens" by Members
   Arrive by 9:45am for social, meeting starts
   promptly at 10:00am.
Location:  Denver Presbytery Center,
   1710 S. Grant, Denver

(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

The Herb Society of America, Rocky Mountain Unit
and Front Range Organic Gardeners     
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 huge success!!
See you next year, May 20, 2017.

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For more Information send e-mail to:   hsarmu@yahoo.com

"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

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 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

          Celebrating 20 Years! 

                  Join us as we celebrate our 20th anniversary this year.  The Rocky Mountain Unit was formed by several 
            serious "herbies" who recognized the need for an herb organization in Denver and the rest is history.  Through
            the years, the Unit has provided programs and education, planted and maintained herb gardens, participated
            in herb fairs and plant sales, and hosted national herb conventions.  The membership is diverse, from the
            beginning gardener to the master gardener, students and teachers, homemakers and business owners.  Twenty
            years of developing friendships and having fun!

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.