Herbal trail blooms with spring offerings
Signs of spring are sprouting along Gahanna's Herbal Trail, with garden seeds available at the Ohio Herb Education Center and customized gift baskets from Honey Grove Botanicals.
Gahanna's Herbal Trail is designed to celebrate the city being the Herb Capital of Ohio, linking herbal offerings related to culinary, gardens, shopping, eco-learning and wellness points of interest.
The trailhead is at the herb center, 110, Mill St., where Gahanna recreation coordinator Brooke Sackenheim has been stocking shelves with herbal products like castile soap for natural cleaning in a variety of colors and fragrances such as tea tree and citrus.
She's also coordinating a March 23 workshop from 1 to 2 p.m., called "Starting from Seed." Participants will learn how to start seeds from indoors.
"That's always the best way," Sackenheim said. "We'll discuss what you can expect when planting seeds. Our core mission is to teach how to garden with herbs. A lot of people are interested in different ways to interact with plants."
The workshop also will feature a seed swap, so everyone is asked to bring a packet.
"Everyone can bring their favorite varieties and share them with other participants," Sackenheim said. "It doesn't have to be an herb."
Cost of the workshop is $15 for residents and $20 for others.
The center also is featuring decorative mushrooms for garden accents, as well as a variety of herbs that are kitchen-container gardening-friendly such as window-box mini basil, slow-bolt cilantro, pepperbox poppy seeds and French perfume lavender.
The center's herb experts are available to help garden enthusiasts get started with spring planting. They'll provide tips and answer questions on the Herb Hotline at 614-342-4380.
At Honey Grove Botanicals, 121 Mill St., Suite 126, owner Barb Drobnick will fill customized gift baskets with candles in such scents as blooming tulips, lily of the valley and cherry blossom.
Customers will find pink, blue and yellow bunnies hugging stress-relief hand and body lotions on top of Honey Grove's signature claw-foot bathtub.
Across the plaza and up Mill Street, at The Chocolate Tree, 81 Mill St., Suite 150, a variety of homemade chocolate bunnies, baskets and eggs will be available in time for Easter.
Koko's Tea Salon & Bakery owner and pastry chef Ava Misseldine said "bunny-butt" cupcakes are filling her store at 116 Mill St. in a rainbow of spring colors and flavors.
"They're really cute," she said.
More about Gahanna's Herbal Trail can be found online at gahannaherbaltrail.com or visitgahanna.com or by calling the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau at 614-418-9114.
For more information and updates on Ohio Herb Education Center activities and workshops, call 614-342-4380 or visit ohioherbcenter.org.