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2014 Spring Plant Sale

The 2014 Spring Plant Sale will be held on Thursday, May 8 through Sunday, May 11. On Thursday May 8, from 4 to 8 p.m. , there will be a Toledo Botanical Garden Members Preview where only TBG members will be able to purchase plants.  Members not only get first choice of the wonderful herbs and hundreds of other plants, but they receive a 10% discount on all purchases.

The herb society will have over 200 culinary and ornamental herbs for you to purchase, as well as herb society members there to help answer your questions.

Enter TBG at the Bancroft Street entrance and we look forward to seeing you.

March Meeting of the Maumee Valley Herb Society

The March meeting of the Maumee Valley Herb Society will be at 9:15 AM on Wednesday, March 20 in the Conference Center at the Toledo Botanical Garden.
Topic is Jams, Jellies, Vinegar and Vodka.
This will be a “how to session” on the making of jams, jellies, and herbal vinegars for Heralding the Holidays and also how to make herbal and other liqueurs for your own pleasure and for gift giving.
Come and learn the methods used for each. You will find this topic to be both interesting and enjoyable. As usual, our meeting will be open to the general public.

Jim Long of Long Creek Herbs Program Open to the Public

On Friday, March 11 at 7:00 PM, Jim Long will be presenting a program in the Conference Center at the Toledo Botanical Garden. He will talk about “Cutting Edge Plants”. He will show us photos of many of the plants that he has encountered during his worldly travels and tell us how these plants can be added to our gardens for culinary and other uses.
Jim Long has authored the popular “Down to Earth” column for The Herb Companion magazine for the past 16 years and has written 26 books on herbs, gardening, and historical subjuects. He lives in Blue Eye, Missouri.
This program is open to the public.
Admission is $2.00 for everyone who is not a member of MVHS. Refreshments will be served before the talk at 6:30 PM.
Come and join us on Friday, March 11. You will not be disappointed!

Heralding the Holidays December 3-5, 2010

Come and join us at Heralding the Holidays at the Toledo Botanical Garden on Friday, December 3 from 5-9pm; Saturday, December 4 from 10am-5pm; and Sunday, December 5 from noon-5pm. You will find us in the Conference Center. Among the herbal items we will have for sale are herbs and herbal blends, jams and jellies, herbal mustards and vinegars, craft items, bath and body products, dog bones and cat toys and cat beds. We will also have a Bake Sale and a Silent Auction. You will also find other wonderful gifts from other organizations as the Rockhounds, the Potters, Glass Blowers, and the Toledo Artists Club. You will not be disappointed.

Seed Swap February 27 Noon to 3:00 pm

Toledo Grows is sponsoring the 6th Annual Seed Swap at two locations this year. The Seed Swap and the children’s program will be held at Wildwood Metropark, Ward Pavilion, 5100 W. Central Avenue and other buildings in that area. Workshops wil be held at the Toledo Botanical Garden in the Conference Center and other buildings beginning at 10:00 am. Diane Toffler will represent the Maumme Valley Herb Society with the presentation “A Creative Approach to Herbal Gardening” in the Children’s Ed building from 1:30-3:00 PM. See TBG’s web site, and choose the first site on the list for the titles and times of the many presentations. The seed swap and the presentations are free. If you bring seeds to swap, you will receive tickets for additional seeds. You do not need to bring seeds to take some home. Come and join us for a fun day.

May 7 and the Plant Sale Will Soon Be Here

It is almost time for the Spring Plant Sale. We will be looking for you at the Toledo Botanical Garden where the Maumee Valley Herb Society will have more than two hundred different herbs for sale. Here is the list of herbs that will be available. You can print this list and bring it with you. Our members will be happy to help you decide which herbs to plant in your garden and to answer any questions that you may have about herbs. We will also have our cookbook, Herbal Market, and our Herb Charts for sale. These will give you ideas about using many popular culinary herbs. While you are there, visit our used book sale for bargains on herb books. The sale begins on Thursday, May 7, with a preview for TBG members only. The public is invited to come Friday through Sunday, May 8,9,and 10 from ten am to five pm each day. See you there. Hope you can find lots of herbs you want to buy, I know I will!

Meetings and Special Events for 2007

Unless otherwise noted, meetings are open to the public and are held monthly on the third Wednesday of each month at 9:30 AM at the Toledo Botanical Garden Conference Center.

Wednesday, January 18 – 9:30 a.m. – Noon
Bob Sherm, owner of World Tea Company will speak on Different Types of Teas and the History of Tea

Wednesday, February 21 -9:30 a.m. – Noon
Philip Page, TBG Director of Operations, will speak about Places He Has Worked, and will discuss Willow Hedges

Tuesday, March 20 – 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Cindy Bench and Dianne Toffler willo present Familiar and New Plants for the Plant Sale and Using Salvias in Your Garden

Wednesday, April 18 – 9:30 – Noon
Herb Garden Clean Up and Luncheon

Special Event
May 10, 11, and 12 Spring Plant Sale
TBG members only preview Thursday, May 10 – 4 – 8 p.m.
Open to the Public Friday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The sale will not be open on Sunday this year.

Wednesday, May 16 – 9:30 a.m – Noon
Nancy Bucher, Head of the Horticulture Department at the Toledo Zoo, will give us a tour of the Greenhouse and the Plantings on the Zoo Grounds.

Seasonal Special
Brenda Sheely, Coordinator
Informal “But, my garden isn’t ready” tours of members’ gardens throughout the summer and fall will be announced in the newsletter and at meetings.

Wednesday, June 20 – 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Annual MVHS Picnic and Plant Exchange at Phyllis Hyder’s Home in Waterville

Wednesday, July 18
Bus Trip to the Cleveland Botanical Garden

Special Event
Arts in the Garden in August
Date to be announced.

Wednesday, August 15 – 9:30 a.m. – Noon
Jamie Kachensparger, Lucas County Soil and Water Conservation Department, will speak on the History of Herbs and Folk Lore

Tuesday, September 18 – 6:30 – 9:00
Fritz Gehring, Bee Keeper, will speak about the bees who frequent our Herb Garden

Wednesday, October 17 – 9:30 a.m. – Noon
Heralding the Holidays Workshop

Wednesday, November 14 – 9:30 a.m. – Noon
Annual Meeting and Heralding the Holidays Workshop

Special Event
Heralding the Holidays November 30, December 1, 2
Friday 5-9 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday Noon – 5 p.m.

Wednesday, December 19 – 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Holiday Potluck and Gift Exchange

December Meeting

Our December meeting was a delicious luncheon. There were so many different kinds of foods brought by our members, that it was impossible to try everything. The buffet table was so colorful, and the food all tasted so good. All gifts were given herbal names and everyone who drew one received the corresponding gift. Our turnout of members was excellent, and everyone enjoyed visiting with old friends.

Heralding Aftermath

Thank you to all of our members who helped to make heralding so successful for us. It was good to see so many old friends who came to buy our herbal products , to make new friends and also gain some new members. The many organizations that take part in heralding that we visited had many interesting items for sale, and yes, we did buy from them. There were wonderful donations from the various groups for the raffle, and two of our members were winners of raffle items.

Countdown To Heralding

I can’t believe that Heralding the Holidays is only a week away! Are you are looking for herbal gifts ranging in price from $3.00-5.00? We’ll have herbal jams and jellies, mustards, vinegars, spearmint closet sachets, lavender dryer bags (they last for 25 dryer loads), bath bags you hang on your faucet that will help you relax, and lavender sachet bags to place in your drawers.

Items from $6-16 include sinus pillows, herbal neck wraps, catnappers with removal covers and dog pillows (our catnappers and dog pillows will help keep fleas away). We also have catnip toys for your cats and dog bones for your dogs.

There are lovely Christmas stocking ornaments for $1.50. We also have many herbal blends and teas and potpourris. To decorate your home, we have wreaths and dried arrangements at various prices. There will be lots of goodies at our bake sale and beautiful gift items are included in our silent auction.

We’ll be waiting for you to visit us in the conference center on Friday, December 1 from 5:00-9:00pm, Saturday the 2nd form 10:00am-5:00pm, and Sunday the 3rd from noon to 5:00pm. Come see us. You’ll be glad that you did.