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Herb Day 2005 scheduled for Jan. 29

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[DEC. 9, 2004]  URBANA -- Gardeners interested in shaking the winter blahs should plan to attend Herb Day 2005, scheduled for Jan. 29, 2005, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center, 1001 Killarney St. at Urbana, just off Interstate 74 at Lincoln Avenue or Exit 183.

"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 scents.

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 event.

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 and mention Herb Day 2005. Credit card orders cannot be accepted.

[University of Illinois news release]

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