Pick up basil, fennel or Greek oregano for your culinary garden at Herb & Garden Day on Saturday, June 7, at the McLane Audubon Center in Concord. Event coordinator Eleanor Luna said the plant sale is one of the biggest attractions at the event, which is now in its fifth year.
“The plant sale is huge,” she said. “We’ve got five plant sellers, and they just grow everything local, and a lot of the plants they’re selling are endangered plants.”
There will be basil, peppers, tomato plants, and oregano as well as flowers (including edible varieties) at the plant sale, all locally grown and many organically grown, Luna said.
The Crust & Crumb Baking Company caters a local breakfast and lunch, with sandwiches, salads, pastries, lavender lemonade and herbal tea as well as vegan-friendly options.
Everything on the menu features herbs (like the cilantro and watermelon gazpacho that appeared on the menu last year).
Herb & Garden Day runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Along with the plant sale, which runs throughout the day, there’s an Herbal Market Fair and workshops scheduled all day. And the day isn’t just for avid gardeners or herbalists either.
“Usually it caters to a diverse group of people. A lot of people find that they want to come to the plant sale and they see that we’re offering the workshops,” Luna said. “It is a lot of newbies and also people who are pretty familiar.”
Workshops are offered at different levels, including an heirloom herb gardening workshop that focuses on heirloom herbs and the history of herbal gardening in New Hampshire, a workshop on permaculture, medicinal herbal workshops for heart health, sensual aromatherapy and a summer first aid workshop, with tips on how to make insect repellants and sun care with natural herbs and remedies.
The goal of Herb & Garden Day is to educate the public on uses for herbs, like natural remedies. There’s also a plant walk with plant identification instruction, and tips on sustainable foraging. Sponsors like Wintergreen Botanicals, New Hampshire Herbal Network, New Chapter, Forgotten Traditions, Sara’s Herbs, Blackbird’s Daughter Botanicals, Warner River Organics and Lion’s Tooth Wellness are all involved in the program.
“That’s what keeps this event going year after year,” Luna said. “Every year I just look forward to the whole event. It gives people the chance to communicate with each other and network about herbs. … For people who care about the local food movement and local economy and want to keep the local dollar here in New Hampshire, this a great event.”
As seen in the June 5, 2014 issue of the Hippo.