Be prepared to be razzled and dazzled once again by the presentations of your very own EHS board members.
They will be demonstrating how to make Herbal Body Scrubs, Herbal Door Decorations, Herbal Napkin Rings, Easy Garlic Herb Rubs and Lavender Herbal Sachets. Come and learn something new for your holiday gift giving.
Tuesday, December 13th
Come starting at 5:00 pm, Dinner starts at 6:30 pm. Turkey, ham, gravy and tea provided by EHS. The rest of the good fixings come from our members. There will a sign-up sheet at our meeting. Please make note of this time change so you don’t miss the dinner!
For the October “tasting table”, we chose pumpkin and squashes as the ingredients in the dishes we suggested to you. There were a lot of dishes with these items and a couple somewhat different. However, your enthusiasm of bringing all this food to the meeting was jaw dropping unbelievable. There were 15 different dishes and they are worthy of recognition:
1. Pumpkin Bread Brenda Skaggs
2. Curry/Honey Butternut Squash Cathy Azzarello
3. Butternut Curry Soup Leslie Rigg
4. Pumpkin Bunt Cake Roberta Lima
5. Squash and Apples Marci Green
6. Pumpkin Chocolate Muffins Mary Wickensheimer
7. Goat Cheese Log Ginny McCreery
8. Marinated Eggplant Linda Spillane
9. Rye Crisps Ruth Lynch
10. Spaghetti Squash Barbara O’Reilly
11. Pumpkin Spice Cookies KC Foster
12. Butternut Squash with Meg Vandereedt
Black Beans and Rice
13. Guacamole & Chips Jane Lee
14. Pumpkin-Apple Soup Kitty Phillips
15. Pumpkin Pie Crunch Cake Ingrid Menz
As we always tell you, don’t be shy experimenting on us, we line up for it at every meeting. Thanks to all of you for providing these tasty treats for the membership and our guests. The author of this article is unknown, but very guilty of going back to the tasting table a lot.
Our Meeting for October featured Laura Olson of “euFloria healing”, who was brought to our attention by Meg Vandereedt and Rosemary Caspary. Laura told us everything there is to know medicinally about twenty or so plants that grow in our own backyards, our neighborhoods and our South Florida, whether you’re going to rush right out and make tinctures of these healing treasures or just going to keep them or now include them in your landscape. Her talk was fascinating. Laura is an energizing speaker, relating to her audience in a delightful, engaging way; her knowledge is extraordinary and her way of sharing so appealing. Wasn’t her handout so useful; we need that at the lectures, In short, we were impressed by her talk and look forward to hearing her again.
Laura is leading a Medicinal Plant Walk in Halpatiokee Regional Park in Stuart on November 19th and by the time you read this, several EHS members will have been on that walk and will be able to tell you about it. November when it is not windy, overcast and just unpleasant, is the perfect time to get out in nature! Thank you, Laura, for bringing all these local medicinal plants to our attention.
The Herb for October was arrowroot, chosen by our regular correspondent, Mary Wickensheimer, who researches these monthly articles in great depth and then gives us exactly the information we need and can use. A surprising and very welcome addition to our meeting was that Glenford Smith, grower of all plants tropical and edible, brought a handsome, big arrowroot plant as a donation for the plant raffle and also had a selection of potted arrowroot for sale after the meeting. How great is that to have such herbal cooperation!
Earlier in October, six EHS members attended a lecture at Mounts Auditorium on Ayurvedic Medicinal Plants to grow in South Florida given by a local Ayurvedic and conventional M.D., Dr. Scott Gerson. He had a good audience because when he asked who knew something about Ayurvedic Medicine everyone raised his or her hand. His talk included so much Ayurvedic information that he lacked the time to give us as much information on the plants as we would have liked, so I would like to hear him again. Audience members, Rosemary Caspary, grows many of the plants he mentioned; it is a sure thing that Uma Bhatti has pretty much everything in her garden; and I even have Brahmi (Bacopa onniera) and while Dr. Gerson thinks my asparagus fern is unlikely to be Shavari (Aspargus racemous), it looks exactly like his slide and text in all aspects. One thing Dr. Gerson mentioned that all of us who use turmeric should know: Turmeric doesn’t work medicinally unless it is taken with black pepper or Pippati (Piper longum) both of which contain perpine which activates the turmeric.
Our November meeting with demonstrations on how to celebrate the coming holidays is always looked forward to. This year the “How-to-Do-It” information will also include a selection of holiday recipes your EHS Board of Directors hope you enjoy and add to your recipe files.
Next on our EHS list of where to be and be seen is the “Annual Holiday Potluck Dinner.” The Auditorium will be awash with the most delicious aromas, the air will be filled with holiday chatter, and the tables will be made pretty by our Decoration Committee. Every one of us will bring our favorite dish to share, while the Board supplies turkey and gravy, ham and a holiday punch. Do sign up at the check-in desk at this November meeting with what dish you’ll be bringing. Some of us remember the Potluck where we had nine different cranberry sauces (O.K., I love cranberry sauce!) and then the following potluck where there was no cranberry anything.
We do ourselves well at the Potluck and it’s a lovely way to end the year, so we look forward to seeing you all there. Ingrid Menz and I will start the Herbal Year of 2017 with a growing and eating herb talk in early January for the Lake Worth Garden Club, and then it’s on to our January Meeting. We’ve got an exciting list of meetings already for 2017 which we’re sure you’ll enjoy. My “Herb Stuff” writing will be back in January’s newsletter.
I’ll look forward to seeing you all and wish everyone health, happiness and plenty of herb Stuff!
Laura Olson is a Florida native Herbologist and Environmentalist operating locally out of St. Lucie County. She works on Bluefield Ranch Mitigation Bank, part time, and owns a local herbal medicine company, euFLoria healing LLC, that uses wild-harvested and homegrown plant medicine to optimize the body’s potential to reach homeostasis. euFLoria healing works alongside traditional medication and treatment, aiming to heal health issues at the root of the problem.
www.eufloriahealing.com • 772-877-2102
Laura will have here herbal products for sale at the meeting. Tinctures, glycerides, teas, herbal skin and body care.
Volunteer of the Year: Our October Meeting opened with Mounts Director Rochelle Wolberg giving our Treasurer, Ingrid Menz, a trophy for Volunteer of the Year, a beautiful acrylic plaque. Ingrid was on vacation during the Mounts Annual Meeting when this honor was announced.
Rochelle called MBG volunteers the life blood of the garden. “To recognize a few is a daunting task because all deserve accolades galore. So, with great effort and deliberation and a multistep process by the MBG Staff and Horticulture Team, we chose Garden-dedicated volunteer Ingrid Menz as one of four volunteers for the year 2016. We recognize her for her diligent care of The Garden of Well Being/The Herb Garden. Ingrid tends to the well being of all who visit The Garden with gallant efforts.”
October Meeting: Twenty year Master Gardener Larry Grosser’s power point presentation on Mounts Garden’s Fruit and Spice Trees was a revelation even to those of us who’ve been involved at Mounts as long as Larry has. This expert on edible tropical plants led us on a visual tour of where the plants are, what they look like and how they taste. Seeing our Garden through Larry’s eyes, tied
While I was away on vacation for almost a month in September, the Herb Garden escaped the pruning shears and some areas really took off in a jungle fashion. In the front left side, where you find three types of roselles, they grew so large they took over the area and I have to dive to see what’s underneath. One of the roselles, the green false one, has the most beautiful deep red hibiscus-like flowers. The color is stunning. The bay leaf bushes on either side of the entrance are noteworthy as to their size and beauty after they went through a thorough trim job by Joel Crippen, our horticulturist. The various gingers are coming to the end of the growing season and will soon hibernate again till next year.
Hurricane Matthew whipped some of the