Herbs are fascinating plants. They season our food, they scent our homes and, with the right application, they can heal our bodies.
Medical plants have been around for even longer than humans have been using them, but since 1988, the Austin-based American Botanical Council has been sharing research and educational resources about herbs, teas, medicinal plants, essential oils and other beneficial plant-derived materials.
The organization has called 6200 Manor Road home since 1997, and for the past 13 years, the nonprofit has opened its doors every spring for HerbDay, a free celebration of all things herbs.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 5, you can hear from local botanists, herbalists and teachers about the healing power of plants at Austin’s HerbDay event. (Click here to find other HerbDay events in Oregon, Florida, New Mexico and Pennsylvania.)
In addition to the free talks in the council’s many gardens, they’ll have plants and books for sale, a May pole, art and herb planting activities for children of all ages and free refreshments. You can find out more at herbday.org.
Here’s the schedule for the event on Saturday, May 5:
10:30 – 11:30: Herb walk with JoAnn Sanchez and Beth Ebbing Johnson, herbalist and owner of Sacred Moon Herbs
11:45 – 1:15: Herb talk with JoAnn Sanchez, botanist, herbalist and teacher of herbalism at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, presentation on Nourishing our Nervous Systems.
1:30 – 2:30: Herb walk with Ginger Webb, Owner of Texas Medicinals and Sacred Journey School of Herbalism
2:45 – 3:45: Herb talk with Mark Blumenthal, founder and executive director of the American Botanical Council, presentation on Humorous Health: Conventional & Alternative Medicine, Pharmaceuticals Drugs, Diet, and Lifestyle as Seen through Cartoons