We are filling Saturday, April 22nd with a celebration of Earth Day and Herbs. Join us for this educational and pleasurable day!
Nature’s Garden of Inspiration and Innovation
Linda Paisley, educated in biology and architecture, combines these interests as a specialist in the new field of Biomimicry. She is also a Master Gardener and a Master Naturalist and has served on the boards of the Houston Arboretum and the Citizens Environmental Coalition. With her unique professional insights, Linda will show us new ways of “seeing” our own familiar gardens. For example, the graceful curve of the calla lily and the expanding spiral design of the sunflower seed head are not only esthetically beautiful but are mathematical models of optimal efficiency. Nature has perfected its patterns and chemical and engineering strategies over millions of years. Linda will explain how even though plants and herbs were the original chemical factories; they were able to produce energy and healing medicines without leaving a toxic legacy. The secrets of nature, as applied to technological challenges by biomimicry specialists, may hold the solutions for safeguarding the earth as we move through the 21st century.
Landscaping with Ornamedibles
- Pretty Plants that are Good to Eat
Angela Chandler, a well-known gardener, teacher, blogger and horticulturist, will speak about earth-friendly landscaping with herbs and pretty edibles. These ideas are captured in a new word she coined, “Ornamedibles”. Ms. Chandler and her husband maintain a half acre urban-homestead garden in Highlands, Texas. Check out her blog and website, www.thegardenacademy.com. It is one of the best!
Ethical Edibles - The Earth-Friendly Kitchen
Pat Greer, loves playing with food and has a penchant for raw, natural foods. She is a co-founder of Central City Co-op. Every week she was faced with the dilemma of what to do with leftover organic produce from the Co-op. After donating the majority of left-overs to the S.E.A.R.C.H. Project, Stone Soup, and the Gospel Light Mission, Patricia began experimenting in her kitchen at home and soon Co-op members and class participants at Whole Foods Market were raving about the delicious and healthy crackers and cookies that were being created from the excess in her kitchen. Check out Pat's website at patgreerskitchen.com.
The Low-Down Down Under: The underground World of Earthworms
HSA-STU member, Mary Sacilowski, is a microbiologist and well-known authority on vermiculture and the earthworm. And what could be a more “earthy” program topic for Earth Day than the earthworm? Worm bins will be available for your inspection, and you can even go home with your own “starter worms."
The Herb Society of America - South Texas Unit
Member Crafts, Plants and Lucia's Garden
We'll have all sorts of handmade items available for sale before the event and during breaks. We have a new line of natural body and bath products, including shaving soap, sugar scrubs, lotion bars and body butter. We will have the old standbys such as catnip bags, eye pillows shoe stuffers, and all natural dryer sheets.
We will have limited plants suitable for spring planting.
Lucia's Garden will be there with books and other items for sale from her lovely herb-y store.
Guests will have the opportunity to shop before the talks and during breaks.