Chesapeake Herb Gathering this Weekend

Due to a personal health issue, Therapeutic Thymes Magazine will not be able to attend the Chesapeake Herb Gathering this weekend in Jefferson, MD. The Gathering begins with registration at 9 this morning. The Welcome Ceremony will be held at 10:15 a.m. Workshops will begin after the Opening. The event runs through 7 p.m. tonight and continues tomorrow from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It will be held at the Fox Haven Learning Center. For more information on the Gathering, visit https://www.chesapeakeherbgathering.com/.

Chesapeake Herb Gathering this Weekend

Due to a personal health issue, Therapeutic Thymes Magazine will not be able to attend the Chesapeake Herb Gathering this weekend in Jefferson, MD. The Gathering begins with registration at 9 this morning. The Welcome Ceremony will be held at 10:15 a.m. Workshops will begin after the Opening. The event runs through 7 p.m. tonight and continues tomorrow from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It will be held at the Fox Haven Learning Center. For more information on the Gathering, visit https://www.chesapeakeherbgathering.com/.

Free Thyme at Lancaster Native Plant Festival

Therapeutic Thymes Magazine is offering FREE THYME with every subscription (new or renewal) purchased this Saturday at the Lancaster Native Plant & Wildlife Festival. Wendy Brister will present “Native Plant Gardening: Bringing Our Natives into the Designed Yard.” “Creative Gardens Inspired by Nature” will be presented by Bob Goodhart and Mary Kirk Cunningham. The Festival will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Overlook Community Campus at the Manheim Township Library, Granite Run Drive, Lancaster, PA.

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Tips When Attending an Herb Festival

Herb Festivals are popular nationwide, among avid gardeners and weekend or hobby gardeners alike. There is so much to see and do and learn and, of course, buy!

  1. Wear comfortable shoes. If it is an indoor show, like the Pennsylvania Herb & Garden Festival (York, PA) in April, sneakers or soft cushion shoes will do nicely. If it is an outdoor show, boots may be more appropriate.
  1. Most events have websites with schedules and speaker listings. Review the fair website before you get there. Some shows note the vendor layout. Others simply list who the vendors will be at the show. Workshops and talks are also often listed ahead of time.
  1. Capture the moment / idea. Most of us carry cell phones and almost all have cameras. If you see a great idea that you want to try out in your garden, snap a photo. Unless the vendor has a sign requesting no photos, of course. While you’re at it, take a selfie at the show and post on social media. Be sure to tag the event.
  1. Interested in a talk? Find the classroom or space ahead of time. Some talks fill up quickly so if you want a seat, plan to get there a few moments early. Be aware too, some talks are included in the admission cost. Some are an additional charge.
  1. Bring a wagon. When the spouse’s arms fill up – and they will quickly – a wagon is a great way to cart around your purchases. Many shows also have a stand set aside to hold your purchases while you enjoy. Kind of like a coat check, but with plants!
  1. Bring some cash just in case. Most vendors accept credit cards but there is always a possibility of bad signals or a vendor who does not accept cards. Some – especially at a local show – may also accept checks.
  1. Most importantly … enjoy! This is a time to learn new things, try new things, make some new friends and contacts, and just relax.

Editor’s Note: This article appeared in the Spring 2018 Issue #6.
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New regular to feature herbs

Please welcome Jennifer Schneller. She will writing a regular column titled “The Herb Blurb.” I met Jennifer last summer at the Ohio Herb Education Center in Gahanna, Ohio, where she is an Instructor.

She is a landscape architect who specializes in residential garden design. She is especially interested in the relationship between people and plants, and loves to plan edible landscapes. Her interest in herbs developed out of years of helping people grow useful plants in beautiful ways. If you get her started talking about green growing things, it can be hard to get her to shut up. 

Her first article with us is about Summer Herbs. The Summer issue of Therapeutic Thymes Magazine will come out the first week of June. I know you are just as excited as we are so, if you have not already done so, Subscribe today to reserve your copy. We are also working on offering the magazine in a digital format come Summer.

(c) Therapeutic Thymes, 2017

New regular to feature herbs

Please welcome Jennifer Schneller. She will writing a regular column titled “The Herb Blurb.” I met Jennifer last summer at the Ohio Herb Education Center in Gahanna, Ohio, where she is an Instructor.

She is a landscape architect who specializes in residential garden design. She is especially interested in the relationship between people and plants, and loves to plan edible landscapes. Her interest in herbs developed out of years of helping people grow useful plants in beautiful ways. If you get her started talking about green growing things, it can be hard to get her to shut up. 

Her first article with us is about Summer Herbs. The Summer issue of Therapeutic Thymes Magazine will come out the first week of June. I know you are just as excited as we are so, if you have not already done so, Subscribe today to reserve your copy. We are also working on offering the magazine in a digital format come Summer.

(c) Therapeutic Thymes, 2017

A Visit to the Herb Capital of Ohio

By Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman

Gahanna is a gorgeous city in Franklin County, Ohio. Despite being a suburb of Columbus, it has that small town feeling. This small town has made it its mission, for the last four decades, to be the Herb Capital of Ohio. The town is home to the Ohio Herb Foundation Center, an incredible Creekside herb and perennial park, an incredible herb garden, and the businesses in town join together to be part of the Herbal Trail.

Ohio Herb Education Center in Gahanna, Ohio. Photo by Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman
Ohio Herb Education Center in Gahanna, Ohio. Photo by Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman

Located along Mill Street, the Ohio Herb Education Center, offers herbal educational sessions, herbal crafts, the Geroux Garden Tour, and an herbal shop. Classes offered have been Herbal Wedding Traditions, Powder Room Apothecary, Cold and Flu Apothecary, Herbs for Survival, and Herbs in the Kitchen. The herbal retail section of the Center includes body care items bulk herbs, tea accessories, tea, jams, honey, educational books, and essential oils.

Geroux Garden. Photo by Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman
Geroux Garden. Photo by Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman

The Geroux Garden is actually located a couple blocks away, between the Gahanna City Hall and the Gahanna Police Department … and it is beautiful. The Ohio Herb Foundation Center does offer guided tours but it is also a public area. It features a wisteria arbor amidst a plethora of herbs and perennials.

The Center is also home to the Gahanna Herb Group. Each month, from September to May, this group studies a different herb. The herb is studied from a botanical perspective as well as a historical and folklore perspective. They also learn how to grow herbs and how to incorporate them into what they already have in their own gardens.

Gahanna Herbal Path. Photo by Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman
Gahanna Herbal Path. Photo by Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman

Alongside the creek in town is an herbal garden walking path. Many retailers are Herbal Trail Partners, including the Honey Grove Botanicals, the Community Garden at Friendship Park, the Center for Therapeutic Massage, and the Ohio Herb Education Center. Several other retailers are partners as well.

A trip to Gahanna is a must do if you happen to find yourself in the Franklin County area of Ohio.

© Therapeutic Thymes, 2016

A Visit to the Herb Capital of Ohio

By Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman

Gahanna is a gorgeous city in Franklin County, Ohio. Despite being a suburb of Columbus, it has that small town feeling. This small town has made it its mission, for the last four decades, to be the Herb Capital of Ohio. The town is home to the Ohio Herb Foundation Center, an incredible Creekside herb and perennial park, an incredible herb garden, and the businesses in town join together to be part of the Herbal Trail.

Ohio Herb Education Center in Gahanna, Ohio. Photo by Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman
Ohio Herb Education Center in Gahanna, Ohio. Photo by Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman

Located along Mill Street, the Ohio Herb Education Center, offers herbal educational sessions, herbal crafts, the Geroux Garden Tour, and an herbal shop. Classes offered have been Herbal Wedding Traditions, Powder Room Apothecary, Cold and Flu Apothecary, Herbs for Survival, and Herbs in the Kitchen. The herbal retail section of the Center includes body care items bulk herbs, tea accessories, tea, jams, honey, educational books, and essential oils.

Geroux Garden. Photo by Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman
Geroux Garden. Photo by Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman

The Geroux Garden is actually located a couple blocks away, between the Gahanna City Hall and the Gahanna Police Department … and it is beautiful. The Ohio Herb Foundation Center does offer guided tours but it is also a public area. It features a wisteria arbor amidst a plethora of herbs and perennials.

The Center is also home to the Gahanna Herb Group. Each month, from September to May, this group studies a different herb. The herb is studied from a botanical perspective as well as a historical and folklore perspective. They also learn how to grow herbs and how to incorporate them into what they already have in their own gardens.

Gahanna Herbal Path. Photo by Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman
Gahanna Herbal Path. Photo by Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman

Alongside the creek in town is an herbal garden walking path. Many retailers are Herbal Trail Partners, including the Honey Grove Botanicals, the Community Garden at Friendship Park, the Center for Therapeutic Massage, and the Ohio Herb Education Center. Several other retailers are partners as well.

A trip to Gahanna is a must do if you happen to find yourself in the Franklin County area of Ohio.

© Therapeutic Thymes, 2016