"It amazes me how quickly this event
has blossomed into an annual gathering place for herb enthusiasts
from all over Illinois and its surrounding states," said Chuck
Voigt, University of Illinois Extension specialist. "Herb Day renews
everyone's collective enthusiasm for herb gardening."
Both herb lovers and small-scale herb
marketers are invited to join in on this day of educational and
entertaining sessions, an abundant herbal lunch, a varied and
well-stocked retail shopping area, and the chance to interact with
other herb enthusiasts from around the Midwest.
Don Haynie, from Raphine, Va., will
present two very different sessions. He is a talented designer with
herbs and flowers, a garden planner, captivating speaker, author and
educator. His first presentation is "The Five Seasons at Buffalo
Springs Herb Farm," a slide tour around that magical place in the
Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. The second is "Floratherapy," which
combines his unique gift for artistic arrangements and his knowledge
of herbs to create beautiful arrangements with mood-enhancing
Jane Hawley Stevens, of North
Freedom, Wis., specializes in various herbal ointments, salves,
lotions, and other skin and body products, and will talk about
"Herbal First Aid: Healing Potions from the Garden."
Pat Crocker, of Neustadt, Ontario,
Canada, is a speaker, cooking demonstrator and author of several
entertaining books. She will get participants in the mood for the
lunch buffet with a demonstration "Come with Me to the Kasbah!
Cooking with the Herbs of Morocco."
Jane Taylor, of Haslett, Mich.,
developed the 4-H Children's Garden at Michigan State University and
will speak about "Creating Magical Spaces," which focuses on
interactive ways to bring children into the herb garden.
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A retail area, with vendors of
herbs, everlastings, equipment, books and many other herbal
products, will be open for shopping to both Herb Day 2005 attendees
and interested members of the general public from 8 a.m. until 3:30
p.m. There is no entrance fee for people attending only the retail
Herb Day 2005 is sponsored by U of I
Extension and is open to professionals as well as members of the
general public. Cost of registration, including lunch, is $45 per
person. This includes seating in the lectures, an information
packet, an herbal-theme lunch buffet and access to the retail area.
There will be vegetarian options on this buffet, or a vegan plate
can be arranged in advance.
Lunch reservations must be received
no later than Jan. 21.
To register, mail checks, payable to
the University of Illinois, to Herb Day 2005, Attention: Carol
Preston, S-406 Turner Hall, 1102 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL 61801.
Registration is limited to 250
participants, and on-site registration will be allowed only if those
spaces are not filled prior to the event. In 2003 and 2004,
available space was sold out a week before the event, so sign up
early this year to avoid disappointment.
If available, on-site registration
will also cost $45 but will not include lunch. For more information,
call (217) 333-7738 or e-mail email@example.com and mention Herb Day
2005. Credit card orders cannot be accepted.
[University of Illinois news release]