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Celebrate Herb Day along Gahanna Herbal Trail

Herb Center NBEnjoy the sight, flavors and fragrance of homegrown herbs and meet herbalist Brooke Sackenheim, Gahanna’s new “herb lady”, during a meet-and-greet herb walk from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 11, at the Ohio Herb Education Center and Creekside Plaza, in the center of Olde Gahanna. The free event, with more than 100 varieties of herbs available for purchase, features herbal experts, workshops and vendors selling herbal crafts.

Barbara Arnold, the horticulture program coordinator at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, is the first of three keynote speakers and will discuss weeds as companion plants and pollinators at 10 a.m. At noon, Val Jorgensen, from Jorgensen Farms, will explore the principles of edible landscaping, and at 2 p.m., Dawn Combs, from Mockingbird Meadows, will talk about using the garden as a medicine chest.

Debra Knapke, herbalist and author of Herb Gardening for the Midwest, will be available to answer herb-related questions from 10 a.m. to noon at the Herb Information Station. At an 11 a.m. workshop, John Reese, owner of the Black Radish Creamery, will create culinary herbal masterpieces and provide samples and recipes.

The story trail, an eco-learning component of the Herbal Trail for children, will open at noon at Friendship Park during ARTcade, the kick-off to Gahanna’s Summer of the Arts.

Locations: Ohio Herb Education Center, 110 Mill St.; Creekside Plaza, 117 Mill St. (across the street); Friendship Park, 150 Oklahoma Ave., Gahanna. For more information, call 614-342-4250 or 614-418-9114 or visit GahannaHerbalTrail.com.

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