URBANA, Ill. – The featured speakers for University of Illinois Herb Day are both informative and entertaining, according to a U of I Extension herb specialist. The event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center near Lincoln Avenue and I-74 in Urbana.
“This is the 15th annual Herb Day,” said Chuck Voigt, U of I Extension vegetable and herb specialist and coordinator of the event. “This year’s presenters are both knowledgeable and entertaining.”
Rosemary Gladstar, from Barre, Vermont, is the founder of Sage Mountain Herbs. She is one of the preeminent herbalists in the country today. Her books on herbs and herbalism are best sellers. At Herb Day, Gladstar’s presentations are “Herbs for Family Health,” a basic home apothecary, and “Planting the Future,” how herb gardeners can help to maintain living stocks of endangered native healing plants.
Holly Shimizu, Executive Director of the National Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., was the first curator of the herb garden at the National Arboretum. Shimizu will give two presentations entitled “The Best of Flavor and Fragrance” and “Herb Garden Design.”
Chef Marcus Terhune, from the Urbana Holiday Inn, will provide his take on cooking with herbs. Terhune has prepared the buffets for the last two Organic Day and Herb Day lunches and enjoys incorporating herbs in the dishes he prepares.
In addition to the speakers, there will be a retail area selling a wide variety of herb, spice, and gardening products as well as books and products from the presenters.
This year online registration by credit card or check is available at http://tinyurl.com/n5n9rdg. Registration is also available by contacting Linda Harvey at 217-244-1693 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advance registration of $60, which includes an herb-themed lunch buffet (including vegetarian options), must be received by Jan. 10 to guarantee lunch.
On-site registration on Jan. 18 begins at 8 a.m. and will continue only as long as space allows. On-site registration does not include lunch. The first educational session begins promptly at 9 a.m.