Discover Aromatherapy ‘rescue solutions’ for your everyday complaints, including beauty secrets, pain relief, emotional stress, etc. You will experience uses for both the oil and water soluble components of the distillation process, including essential oils, hydrosols, and convenient rollerball applications.
Gerri Whidden has been a pioneer in the field of Aromatherapy for 35 years. She is not a stranger to most of you, having been a guest lecturer at the Herb Society often over the past 25 years She is an owner of Nature’s Symphony in Boca Raton, has taught classes in schools of aesthetics, massage, hospitals, health care facilities, and universities both domestically and internationally.
March’s meeting was, of course, EHS’s annual Fund Raiser for the Garden of Well-Being/Herb Garden. The event didn’t bring out the usual crowd of members, looking for herbal delights, treats and bargains as the auditorium was only half full, but those of us who attended had a great time. We even got giggly and a bit rowdy!
Olivia Witkowski, joined at the March meeting, and bid on the Easter-themed basket that sported a pair of large, pink, furry bunny ears head bands early in the evening that she wore all evening along with her friend. The back of the room always gets lively as the auction goes on. Tim Dunn and his friend were guests of our members Annette and Chris Norris and really got into the spirit of bidding, not only did they have a good time everyone else was enjoying it too. The Tasting Table turned out to be sweets and desserts so the delicious rush must have sparked some of the evening giddiness.
Auctioneer, Ingrid Menz, just in from flying back home for two days, not only brought her usual donation of gorgeous orchids and varied plants, she set up the room and helped out where there was a need. Denise Friedlander, Auction Chairwoman, and very generous donor of items, and her willing helpers arranged the auction plants and “All Things Herbal” in baskets. We had a sophisticated and attractive and generous array of things to bid on, even though many members forgot that we ask everyone who comes to the auction to donate at least one item.
After everything on the Auction Table found a loving home, the Society’s take was $800, which is a little lower than in past years but will be welcome indeed in helping fund our expenses in the Herb Garden. Thank you all who came, participated in bidding and helping show off the items and obviously enjoyed the evening.
Speaking of our Herb Garden at Mounts, nasturtiums are flourishing, adding good eating and beauty to the ground, while the vanilla orchid covers the wooden bench and its pergola at the back of the garden. I was in the garden, the first week of April and was totally enchanted with the gorgeous flush of bloom on that huge orchid vine. The flowers are night-pollinated and last but a day, but oh my, the effect these large flowers have on our visitors. Ingrid, under whose care and supervision the Garden flourishes, told me that the next day the orchid vine had even more flowers. Vanilla orchids will set seed pods occasionally here, but turning them into useful vanilla beans is pretty near impossible because of the long sweating and fermentation treatments they must have. However, that shouldn’t keep anyone from successfully growing one of these beauties.
There are 50 plus buds on the Bourbon Rosebush and several are in bloom. This rose is a show stopper because of the beautiful pink, big flower that has a heavenly scent. When you get to the Herb/Wellness Garden to visit, all you need to make is two right turns and you will whip out your camera to capture the beauty and bend down to take in the scent. Heavenly.
The next big event not to be missed is the Mounts Annual Spring Plant Sale, now sporting a new name “Plant-A-PALOOZA 2017”, on the weekend of April 29 and 30. The Evening Society’s Herb booth will be in our usual place, filled with herb and spice plants that are grown locally and which will continue to perform for us EHS gardeners and gourmets. Come early and get the best selection. We do, occasionally sell out of something early, we can’t tell ahead of time which plant is popular, as it’s different every year. Don’t make your kitty cross because you’ve missed out on the catnip. EHS volunteers are wanted to work in the booth with us regulars on both Saturday and Sunday, and we promise you a good time with herbal friends and a delicious luncheon and snacks, and ice water, donated by the Board members of EHS. This is EHS’s effort to support Mounts and the continuing horticultural and herbal education we offer our friends and neighbors. The plant sale is often described as one big garden party, so don’t miss it.
Donnie Brown, President
We know that you have potted and grown some herby plants for the auction table, done that spring cleaning and the baking is well under way. Please bring all of those goodies to the “2017 All Things Herbal Auction”. We love buying each other’s treasures…
We ask that everyone who attends bring one or two items to be auctioned —
• All those herb-y, garden-y things you no longer need or want.
• Herb and spice plants (in pretty pots!), herb crafts or artwork.
Do something right and it’s worth repeating. At least, that's what we think at EHS with our Spring and Fall Booth at Mounts Plant Sales, our annual All Things Herbal Auction in March, the November Gifts that Grow Demonstrations, and of course, February’s Chili Cook-off. We hope you enjoyed it as much as your Board enjoys having the program and inducing our chili-loving cooks to participate.
This event has made me, always a “collector”, collect chili pepper themed treasures and edible chili stuff for a cook-off prize. Wouldn’t you know, I’ve already found a major item for the 2018 event, and I’ve just begun to search! Next year we hope to have more vegetarian entries, so that all our members can fill up on good food before settling down to the meeting’s speaker. The Board noted that not everyone voted and who would vote for a dish with meat if you are not a meat eater!
I considered entering an unusual chili recipe that I came across – fresh fruit and beans chili -- but then I realized that if I didn’t think it sounded good,
It’s February and time for the EHS Annual Chili Cook-off! Make your best chili and enter it into our contest. This has been such a big hit, that we decided to do it again! Everyone brings at least a quart of their favorite chili (and the recipe!). Each entry will be assigned a number and we’ll make up small servings in cups. Then everyone votes for their top 3 favorites. We’ll print at least the 3 top chili recipes in the next newsletter.