Herb Society begins early registration for Nashville Herb Day

Nashville Herb Day will take place on September 20 at Cheekwood. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with herb enthusiasts, sample herb-infused treats and learn about at-risk native herbs.

Nashville Herb Day will take place on September 20 at Cheekwood. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with herb enthusiasts, sample herb-infused treats and learn about at-risk native herbs.

The Herb Society of Nashville (HSN) is now taking early registration for its annual Herb Day event on September 20 at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art.

Herb Day 2014, “A Closer Look at Herbs” will take place at Cheekwood’s Botanical Hall, 1200 Forrest Park Drive.

Registration is available at herbsocietynashville.org/public-events.html.

The 2014 Herb Day program offers a closer look at herbs in the laboratory, in gardens and in the artist’s studio. The program is intended to raise awareness of botanical adulteration, a practice dating back to the beginnings of trade and commerce.

Jenny Perez, community herbalist and education coordinator at the American Botanical Council, will introduce the Botanical Adulterants Program, highlighting present-day efforts to identify and expose adulterants in botanical products in the marketplace. The Adulterants Program focuses on both accidental and intentional adulteration of herbal ingredients that find their way into popular commercial botanical products, such as herbal dietary supplements, herbal teas, and cosmetics.

Erika Galentin, MNIMH, of United Plant Savers (UpS) will give an update on at-risk herbal species and how to sustain them, emphasizing conservation through cultivation. Certain native herbs are at risk of extinction and have suffered significant declines within their current range due to over-harvesting, loss of habitat, poor logging practices, or by the nature of their innate rareness or sensitivity. The UpS At-Risk List includes native herbs broadly used in commerce, including some local landscaping favorites.

Herb Day begins with sign-in at 8:30 a.m. The educational program begins at 9:15 a.m. The Contrarian Ensemble will provide musical entertainment. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with herb enthusiasts, shop for treasures offered by local vendors, and sample delectable herb-infused treats at the hospitality table.

During breaks in the educational program, attendees are invited to explore the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and take guided tours of the Herb Study Garden maintained by HSN members. Registration includes the educational program, morning hospitality, a hot lunch, musical entertainment, vendor shopping, and door prizes. The event will wrap up by 4:00 p.m.

Pre-registration is required. The cost to participate in the 2014 Herb Day educational program is $47 per person and this price includes lunch. Attendees may register by August 31 to receive a discounted Early Bird rate of only $42 per person. The registration deadline is September 14 at midnight.

Atlanta artist Linda Fraser will introduce us to botanical illustration, its historical importance, methods and vital role in species identification. Fraser illustrates native plants in their natural habitat, chronicling the change of seasons. Attendees will be able to purchase samples of Fraser’s work. To preview her artwork visit lindafraserartist.com.

The Herb Society of Nashville is a non-profit, working organization and an official affiliate of the Herb Society of America since 1981. Its mission is to promote the knowledge, use, and delight of herbs through educational programs, research, and sharing the experience with the community.

For more information, please send an email to HerbDay2014@gmail.com.