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Herb Harvest Day grows with plant sale

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Anna Nungesser demonstrates the use of herbs in cooking during her class, "Herbal Breads and Butter," in the Ohio Herb Education Center on Sept. 29.
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Gahanna's annual Herb Harvest Day is growing with the addition of a live plant sale for winter kitchen gardens.

The festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Ohio Herb Education Center, 110 Mill St., and at Creekside, 123 Mill St.

"We're excited for Harvest Day," said Valerie Hamill, Ohio Herb Education Center director. "We are kicking it up a few notches. We'll have the plant sale for winter kitchen gardens. We'll have things typically planted in fall and things you'd have in your home."

Although the selection won't be as large as May's Herb Day, Hamill said, some beautiful succulents will be featured.

Herbs available for purchase will include chives, cilantro, Kentucky Colonel spearmint, Greek oregano, two parsley varieties, rosemary, sage, Winter Savory and French thyme.

Zac Guthrie, recreation specialist the Gahanna Parks & Recreation Department, said he's looking forward to the herb sale.

"We want to encourage people to grow herbs all year, and that's possible with a kitchen garden," Guthrie said. "We'll highlight some of the lesser-known herbs like kale and garlic that are great to grow in the winter."

The fall herb sale and Harvest Day festival continue the yearlong celebration of the 40th anniversary of Gahanna's designation by the Ohio General Assembly as Herb Capital of Ohio.

"We get our herbs from Mill Creek Gardens of Ostrander, and they will have experts here answering questions, and some of our master gardeners will be here answering questions," Hamill said.

In addition to the herb sale, about 15 venders will sell such items as natural soaps, honey, vinegars, customized stepping stones, garden decorations, original artwork and custom wood crafts.

Harvest Day also will include speakers Debra Knapke, a well-known herbal enthusiast, author and lecturer, and Luke Messinger, executive director of the Dawes Arboretum.

From 10 to 11 a.m. at the OHEC, Knapke will present Enhancing Your Life with Herbs. She will discuss the history of herbs and how they fit into lives today.

From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Messinger will discuss Herb Gardening Tips for Gahanna Backyards. He will offer garden tips, ideas and solutions for growing plants throughout central Ohio and beyond. Workshop attendees will learn how to incorporate herbs in a broader scope to include trees, shrubs, flowers and veggies.

The OHEC's own expert, Wendy Winkler, will offer tips on harvesting and drying herbs, Hamill said.

Guthrie said he hopes attendees will participate in the Herbal Trail, which showcases how local businesses utilize herbs.

Herbal Trail events will be offered throughout the day and will include self-guided tours throughout the trail, special promotions at Olde Gahanna businesses and paddle-boat rides on the Big Walnut Creek.

For more information about Herb Harvest Day and OHEC workshops, call 614-342-4380 or visit ohioherbcenter.org.

For more information about Herbal Trail activities, visit visitgahanna.com.

 

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