Parsley, sage, rosemary and artemisia
Dana-Thomas House sponsors herb
discussion May 22 with David Robson
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[May 19, 2014]
SPRINGFIELD - The Dana-Thomas
House State Historic Site and the University of Illinois Master
Gardener Volunteers Herb Committee will co-sponsor a presentation on
herbs – including the herb of the year – on Thursday, May 22.
Horticulturist David Robson, an Extension Specialist for the
university, will appear 4:30-6 p.m. in the courtyard of the historic
site. His presentation will emphasize artemisia, named herb of the
year by the International Herb Association.
Afterward, volunteers will provide guests with a tour of the
courtyard, which includes an herb garden. Refreshments made from
herbs will be provided, and the Sumac Shop will have a variety of
herbs for guests to purchase.
Robson served 30 years as a Springfield-based horticulture educator.
He received a bachelor's degree in horticulture from Iowa State
University and a master's degree in education from the University of
Illinois. He has been employed by the University of Illinois
Extension since 1980.
The Dana-Thomas House was built between 1902 and 1904. It is perhaps
the best-preserved of Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Prairie Style” homes,
with more than 400 pieces of specially made art glass and original
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The house, located at 301 E. Lawrence Street (Fourth and
Lawrence) in Springfield, is operated by the Illinois Historic
Preservation Agency. For more information, please visit
[Text received; CHRIS WILLIS,
ILLINOIS HISTORIC PRESERVATION AGENCY]