By Paris Wolfe, Blogmaster, The Herb Society of America
This year’s Herb Society of America Annual Meeting April 29, 2016, is in one of the trendiest places in the United States – Asheville, North Carolina – during one of the most significant herb festivals in the country.
In its 27th year, the Spring Herb Festival is hosted by WNC Chapter of the NC Herb Association, April 29, April 30 and May 1, 2016. As noted on the festival website, “The Herb Association represents the great variety of herb growers, herbalists, and related herb businesses in North Carolina, as well as natural gardening and landscaping specialists and makers of herbal ointments, balms, soaps, teas, sauces, and medicines.”
If the past holds true, the sponsors expect about 35,000 herb lovers at the three-day event. These folks will have an opportunity to shop more than 50 herb-related vendors selling herb plants and products. These include herbs for cooking, gardening, and medicinal use; herbal soaps, lotions, tinctures, teas, and herbal baked goods, dried herbs & flowers, and herb-related crafts, gifts and books and more.
Dovetailing with the Herb Festival, The Herb Society of America’s Annual meeting will feature presentations by Charlie Williams, as Andre Michaux French botanist and explore who contributed to the unique botany of western North Carolina; herbalist and storyteller, Doug Elliott will share the useful plants of western North Carolina; George Briggs will bring the latest news from The North Carolina Arboretum and Joe-Ann McCoy of the North Carolina Arboretum will share her research working with the Cherokee to conduct nutritional analyses of their traditional food plants and medicines.
If that’s not enough, the city is buzzing with agricultural and artsy culture. Check out what the media, from Wall Street Journal to the New York Times, are saying about the city.
- “Asheville – The South’s Insider Destination”, by Deborah Dunn, Wall Street Journal, October 29, 2015.
- “2015 Best New Chefs” Food and Wine, posted March 31, 2015. Katie Button, chef of Asheville’s Cúrate and Nightbell, is selected.
- “In Asheville, a Fall Tour That Includes Farms and Wine” by Diane Daniel, September 1, 2015.
Stay tuned to this blog or Herb Society website for upcoming details. If you’re a member of The Herb Society, watch you inbox for HSA newsletters that will include the latest information.
To take advantage of the most significant opportunities, if you’re not already a member, join The Herb Society of America. Membership benefits include industry information, shopping discounts, and monthly member-only webinars, as well as reduced or free admission to arboreta and gardens throughout the United States.