Herb Day 2003 scheduled for Jan. 18

Herb Day 2003 scheduled for Jan. 18

By Gary Beaumont, University of Illinois College of ACES

URBANA—Whether you are interested in raising herbs in a home garden or commercially producing and marketing them on a small scale, the educational and entertaining sessions planned for Herb Day 2003 should satisfy you. This year, Herb Day is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 18, 2003, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center, 1001 Killarney St., Urbana, Ill., just off I-74 at exit 183 (Lincoln Ave.).

A day of herbal fun, food, and fellowship is planned for Herb Day 2003, with noted herbal experts from around the country set to present educational sessions that will inspire herb gardening and use in the coming year.

Betsy Williams, owner of The Proper Season in Andover, Mass., and author of Are There Fairies at the Bottom of My Garden?, will speak about designing and planting herbal theme gardens in a talk titled “Fairy Dreams and Other Herbal Themes.” She will also present “Mrs. Thrift’s Herbal Tips,” an in-character interpretation of the usage of a wide variety of herbs. Deanna House, home economist and cooking author from Ada, Mich., will entertain us with her unique style of “Efficient Herbal Cooking.” Deanna’s light, humorous presentation and encouragement of audience interaction make for a lot of fun. William Handel, of the Illinois Natural History Survey, Urbana, will present a historical perspective on “Native American Prairie Plant Medicine,” a look at how the original residents of the Illinois prairie used the plants around them.

Finally, Jan Powers of Peoria, Ill., will demonstrate “Containing Your Passion for Herbs,” a talk about how to design and construct beautiful, functional herb container gardens.

As in past years, there will be a retail area, with vendors of herbs, everlastings, equipment, books, and many other herbal products. This area will be open for shopping to Herb Day 2003 attendeesand interested members of the public from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. There is no entrance fee for those attending only the retail event. “This event has blossomed into far more than a chance to see and hear nationally known and respected herb experts. The conference has become an annual gathering place for herb enthusiasts from all over Illinois and surrounding states, where they can renew their collective enthusiasm for herb gardening,” said Chuck Voigt, U of I Extension specialist.

Herb Day 2003 is sponsored by U of I Extension and is open to professionals and the general public. Cost of registration, including lunch, is $39 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. 10, 2003. Those interested should mail checks, payable to the University of Illinois, to Herb Day 2003, Attention: Carol Preston, S-406 Turner Hall, 1102 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, Ill. 61801 to reserve registration and lunch. Space in the lecture room is limited to 250 participants. On-site registration will be accepted only if spaces are not filled prior to the event. On-site registration will also cost $39, but will not include lunch. For information, call (217) 333-7738 and mention Herb Day 2003. Credit card orders cannot be accepted.

Gary Beaumont, University of Illinois

College of ACES, 1301 W. Gregory Dr.

Urbana, IL 6180;1217-333-9440

FAX: 217-333-2614; E-Mail: beaumont@uiuc.edu.

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