12 Herb Books for Holiday Gifting

NeighboringwithNatureBooks make great gifts. Here’s a roundup of herb-related books we’ve reviewed in the past two-plus years. Click a headline to learn more. Then head over to smile.Amazon.com to order and, thus, make a donation to HSA. Books seven through 12 were published by St. Lynn’s Press, the company offers free shipping and, if you sign up for their newsletter, a 25 percent off coupon.

  1. Foraging & Feasting – A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook
  2. New Scout Guide to Foraging Season
  3. Neighboring with Nature: Native Herbs for Purpose and Pleasure
  4. Build a Bee-Friendly Garden
  5. Six Reasons to Read The Culinary Herbal
  6. Crafting Holistic Beauty Products
  7. The Herb Lover’s Spa Book
  8. Eat Your Roses … and other flowers, too
  9. A Garden to Dye For
  10. Herbs Build Artful Windowsill Arrangements
  11. Bottle Trees Play with Light
  12. Join the Emerging Foodscape Landscape

Celebrate #GivingTuesday, Donate to Herb Society

Who do you support with donations of time and money? Health issues? Education? I choose activities that involve my children and the environment. That includes the Herb Society of America, a big protector of the environment.

One year I was so busy I found myself organizing donations by phone at 3 p.m.  New Year’s Eve. With the creation of #GivingTuesday I’m reminded to take care of charity business a bit earlier. #GivingTuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and kicks off the year-end charitable season.

Every Garden Counts, Every Plant Matters.

Your donation will widen The Herb Society of America’s educational reach on the usefulness of native plants and the power we have in our own gardens to help the environment. By embracing the native plant movement in our own yards we can together make a large impact on providing safe pathways for migratory birds, nesting material for overwintering bees, and more. The future of butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and other pollinators lies in the home garden.

Learn more about donating to HSA.

9 Gift Giving Ideas for the Herb Enthusiast

By Paris Wolfe, Blogmaster, The Herb Society of America

il_340x270.39884561Gift-giving for the herb enthusiast is just too easy.  Looking for a table gift of stocking stuffer, consider the sprout colored pencils , herbal tea, herbwear and more from HSA’s Thyme and Again Gift Shoppe.  Or maybe give a gift that keeps giving … membership in The Herb Society of America. Need garden supplies, check out HSA’s  business members.

Or revisit some of our blog posts for suggestions.

  1. Herb Toys and Stocking Stuffers
  2. Jewelry of Interest: Lavender Beads
  3. Herb Jewelry Makes a Statement I
  4. Herb Jewelry Makes a Statement II
  5. Kitchen Greenhouse Provides Year-Round Herbs
  6. Tabletop Greenhouse Offers Fresh Herbs
  7. Field Apothecary Offers Herbal Wellness CSA
  8. Sweet Anthem Fragrances to go Herbal
  9. UrbanHerbal Offers Custom Cologne

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If you have a gift idea, feel free to share it the blogmaster at pariswolfe@yahoo.com.

 

5 Handmade Herb Gifts, Get Started Now

By Paris Wolfe, Blogmaster, The Herb Society of America

20170831_070024If you start now, you still have time for handmade holiday herbal gifts. And, go …

Herb Society of American members will find more ideas in HSA Webinars.20170511_191210 (2)


Learn more about joining HSA and enjoying membership benefits like Webinars.

Give Thanks with Herbs

Give Thanks with Herbs

By Maryann Readal, Secretary, The Herb Society of America

20170515_180816The holidays are here. The glossy magazines tempt us to add stress to our holiday preparations with their gorgeous photos of decorator-inspired table settings and culinary dishes that require hours of working in the kitchen. If you grow herbs or just like using them, your holidays can be special without all of the fuss and stress – thankfully. Here are some simple ideas using common herbs to create a special Thanksgiving celebration.

Sage – Whether your stuffing is store-bought or made-from-scratch, add fresh chopped sage to enhance flavor.

Mixed Herbs – Brining turkey has been the culinary rage.  Try this easy dry herb brine recipe for a turkey that turns out flavorful, moist and tender.

Rosemary – Fasten a sprig to each dinner napkin so that the rosemary fragrance entices guests as they sit down at the table.  Or tuck rosemary sprigs in your Thanksgiving centerpiece to add fragrance and interest.

20170511_191248Chives – Mince chives and mix them into softened butter for Thanksgiving rolls. Be creative and add other herbs to the butter as well.

Dill – Add chopped dill to a sour cream dressing for a cucumber salad.  Or add chopped dill to a favorite dip to add another taste dimension.

Mint – Dress up holiday drinks with a sprig of mint. Make minted water to serve with iced tea or water at dinner.  Simply steep a handful of mint leaves in some boiling water for a few minutes and chill.

Basil –  Pick the last basil from the garden. Toss leaves into your Thanksgiving salad. Use basil leaves on post-Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches. Or make a basil pesto and serve over cream cheese with crackers for a holiday appetizer. Use leftover pesto on turkey sandwiches.

Rosemary winter groupThyme – Sprinkle thyme into your Thanksgiving vegetables for a fresh spring-like flavor. And remember this is the “thyme” to give thanks for all the fragrant herbs growing in your garden.

Lavender – Tuck a lavender sachet in your pillowcase to ensure a restful night’s sleep before and after Thanksgiving Day. Remember to pamper your guests with sachets, too.

Lemon Balm – Use fresh lemon balm leaves or purchase lemon balm tea for a calming and uplifting drink at the end of your Thanksgiving meal.

Whether you have one or 20 guests for the holiday, choose one or choose several of these ideas to make herbs a part of your Thanksgiving.

 

 

Herb Society Open House Nov. 19, 2017

Herb Society Open House Nov. 19, 2017

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Join The Herb Society of America from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, November 19, 2017, for an Open House full of holiday cheer with a wonderful selection of holiday herbal-themed gifts. Items and vendors include:

  • Wood Road Farm – Fresh Wreaths & Table Arrangements
  • Natural Skin Revival – Natural Skin Care Products
  • Thistle and Twill — Handcrafted Keepsakes and Gifts inspired by Nature
  • Sandi’s Kitchen – Culinary Herb & Spice Blends
  • Western Reserve Herb Society — Herbal Gifts & Culinary Delights
  • O’Neil’s Handmade Artisan Chocolates – Delicious Herbal Chocolates
  • Storehouse Teas –Handcrafted Certified Organic and Fair Trade, Artisan Loose Leaf Teas
  • Cupcake Me — Decadent Cupcakes and Cookies
  • The Herb Society of America – Holiday & Herb-related GiftsStorehouse tea

The Herb Society of America
440.256.0514
http://www.herbsociety.org
9019 Kirtland-Chardon Rd.
Kirtland, Ohio 44094

Plan Ahead for #GivingTuesday 2017

Plan Ahead for #GivingTuesday 2017

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and after the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season. 

The Herb Society of America is participating in #GivingTuesday. HSA is asking members, friends, and families to donate  as we focus on Every Garden Counts; Every Plant Matters.”  To that end funds HSA collects will be used to raise awareness of the Notable Native Herb™ and GreenBridges™ programs and, thereby, make the world a better place. – Paris Wolfe

giving-tuesdayBy Jen Munson, Herb Society of America, Northeast District Delegate

GreenBridgesLogo_Lo#GivingTuesday donations target conservation.

There is a lot of uncertainty out there. Some of the government’s decisions — such as pulling out of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change along with decisions happening at the local level like cutting through beautiful state lands to build gas transmission lines — have created strong feelings of concern for our environment. We are experiencing the effects in our gardens with the struggles of bees and butterflies. The hurricanes in Houston, Florida, and Puerto Rico have shown us first-hand what can happen if we don’t work harder on our conservation efforts.

Our message this #GivingTuesday is one of hope. Awareness of the importance of growing native plants has been raised with the plight of the monarchs and many people are beginning to grow milkweed.  While we still have our work cut out to protect the butterflies, we’ve been hearing from members and friends that monarchs are reappearing in their gardens.

Just think what we can accomplish by emphasizing the importance of conservation and inviting more native plants into our gardens. We can have positive impacts quickly in ways like enjoying hummingbirds pulling nectar from native salvia, birds feeding on elderberries or bees dancing around notable native mountain mint.

It can feel rather small just focusing on our own gardens; but “Every Garden Counts, Every Plant Matters.”

Our GreenBridges™, Notable Native HerbTM, and Promising Plants programs all promote conservation through education. They further emphasize that you don’t have to sacrifice beauty and interest by growing natives in your garden. So for HSA this #GivingTuesday is #GrowingTuesday. We need the community’s support to raise money so that we can continue to raise awareness for conservation and our educational programs that support the environment.

Learn more about donating to HSA.