Joining us on Tuesday will be Indian food blogger and cook, Nirali Patel. Nirali brings with her 13 years of Indian culinary experience - from cooking traditional recipes with her grandmother and mother to developing easy Indian recipes without sacrificing the taste and authenticity, Nirali aims to educate the masses about how easy and healthy Indian cooking can be. She will be sharing a tasty and satisfying vegan dish called ‘channa masala’ which is a chickpea curry as well as discussing the health benefits of the array of spices used in Indian cooking.
March Auction: Hats off to Ingrid Menz and her Auctionettes and Auctioneer for giving our members the most exciting auction at our March meeting. It was such fun, the plants were gorgeous (thank you, Tom Hewitt and the Mounts Garden Guild Nursery), and oh, those orchids! The “All Things Herbal” items were cheerfully bid on, we did it in two hours so everyone got home in a “thymely” fashion, and wasn’t it fun? A special thanks to all the members and guests that braved the rainy
Start potting up some herby plants; do that spring cleaning; and start baking! Bring them all to the 2016 All Things Herbal Auction. We love buying each other’s treasures and goodies. We ask that everyone who attends bring one or two items to be auctioned.
It was a horticultural treat, as usual, to have Chris Rollins return to Mount’s Auditorium as our February speaker. Chris, the recently retired Fruit and Spice Park director, knows pretty much everything one wants or needs to know about herbs and spices and wild plants, tropical, native or introduced by settlers and hurricanes. His slides are gorgeous, so we all could identify the unusual plants the next time we saw them. There are still so many useful and/or edible plants we should grow in our own gardens and introduce to our
During Chris’ lifelong career at the Fruit and Spice Park he introduced tropical herbs and spice trees to the park. He borrowed the design of the Mts. Botanical Herb Garden/Garden of Well Being and expanded on that with several water features. And surrounded it with a bay rum hedge, which we copied from him.
He’ll be speaking today on the successes and failures of growing these herbs and plants in our area. And his experiences in finding