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Herb Awareness 2011 – Queensland Herb Society

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Members of the Queensland Herb society are getting quite excited; it is almost time for our annual event Herb Awareness. The preparations are well under way and the day promises to be packed with lots of ‘herby’ things.

You can wander through the variety of stalls with a huge range of herb plants, fruit trees as well as herbal products including preserves, coffee, teas, spices, skincare, bush foods and wineries, you will also get to sample all sorts of yummy delights.

FreeTalks and demonstrations throughout the day provide plenty of information and entertainment.

This year we have Jerry Coleby-Williams speaking at 10.45am. Jerry is one of the presenters on Gardening Australia which screens on ABC TV on Saturday nights at 6.30pm. Jerry practices what he preaches and has been gardening for most of his life. His talks are always filled with plenty of useful gardening ideas. His house and garden ‘Bellis’ is productive and sustainable, you can see the energy and water saving systems and pictures of his garden at http://www.bellis.info/Site_3/jerry_bio.html

The Queensland Herb Society has some very knowledgeable members who will share their passion with you on the day.

Leonie Shanahan from Edible School Gardens is coming along to tell us about School Kitchen Gardens using Permaculture for Kids. I love what Leonie is doing, there is not much that is more important than teaching kids how to grow their own food, healthy food, which gives them the energy to be creative, inquisitive & active.

Carmel Harris a horticulture teacher from TAFE will show us how to make a no dig garden.

Debbie Aitcheson from the Chilli Patch will talk about how to dry herbs by various methods and how to grow and use culinary herbs.

Valerie a true spice girl will show you how to cook a fabulous curry.

I will show you how to take cuttings, sow seeds and divide herbs so you can expand your herb garden for free, as well as how to make natural house cleaning products. www.herbcottage.com.au

Hap Happy will be there to show you how to create your own worm farm. Now with a name like that you wouldn’t want to miss it, I feel better just typing the words Hap Happy, it makes me smile!

Wow! after all that, you will need to visit Café sage where you can revive with delicious, home baked, herb inspired food and beverages, the QHS boasts many great cooks who love using herbs in their cooking.

Come along, bring a friend and experience Learning by Sharing.

The Herb Awareness is being held on Sunday the 29th May from 9am to 4pm at the Albion Peace Hall 102 McDonald Road, Windsor.

Visit www.qldherbsociety.org.au for details

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posted on May 11th, 2011