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General Meetings & Special Events Schedule

General Meetings of the Herb Society of Manitoba are usually held at the Assiniboine Park Conservatory located at 15 Conservatory Drive in Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and are generally held on the third Monday of each month except July, August and December. There is the odd exception to the third Monday rule and the location so check the schedule below. Information is added regularly, so check back often.

Meetings generally begin with a brief presentation of Herb Society business, then there is a short break. The Hospitality Committee provides herbal goodies for everyone to try during the break. Right after, the speaker begins their presentation. Sometimes the order is reversed depending on the speaker and topic. Upcoming speakers are listed below.  Clicking on the topic name will bring up a flyer (if one is available) for the meeting.

If you have questions, or you want to volunteer at meetings or events, please feel free to contact us at: herbs@herbsocietymb.com.

Notice to our Guests
The Herb Society of Manitoba charges guests $5.00 to attend presentations given at General Meetings. We thank you in advance for your interest in our programming and look forward to seeing you there! Please note that events such as the Herb Society's annual HerbFest and Christmas Party will continue to be free to all!
 

Mission Statement
The Herb Society of Manitoba is dedicated to promoting knowledge, use and enjoyment of herbs through education, programs, research and sharing the experience of its members with the community.

MONDAY, April 28, 2014***

Topic:

Natural Medicine From the Garden

MORE INFO

Speaker:

Dawn Kitching, Natural Fragments

 
Website: www.hollowreedholistic.ca  
email:

dawnkitching@gmail.com

 
Phone:

(204) 482-5171

 

***NOTE:  Fourth Monday of the month.

Dawn will discuss and provide information on what we can grow and use as natural medicine from our own gardens.

In 1999, Dawn Kitching embarked on a life long journey of learning and living in the natural world after being introduced to some of the many natural healing modalities available. She started out with Reiki and Iridology. In the year 2000 she opened a home-based business, Natural Fragments, in the City of Selkirk, Manitoba. Then continuing on this path began studying other areas of natural healing such as: PsychoSomatic Therapy, CranioSacral Therapy, Lympahatic Drainage Therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chi Nei Tsang, Medical Intuitive Training, along with Soils for Horticulture, Applied Botany and many other classes. She is now a Certified Medical Intuitive and Certified Quantum Practitioner.

Growing and harvesting many of the plants she uses to make oils for the natural soaps, salves, lip balms, etc. that she makes is something she loves to do.

Dawn became a member of the Herb Society of Manitoba in 2003 and served as President from 2005 until 2007. Since then she has been a contributing volunteer member.

To assist in our ongoing effort to be environmentally friendly,
please try to remember to bring your own mug for your herbal tea.
April's herb of the month is EVENING PRIMROSE.

Library
Be sure to visit the library table. Our Library Committee puts a lot of effort into maintaining the library and selecting books which relate to our meeting topics each month.


MONDAY, May 26, 2014***

Topic:

TBA

MORE INFO

Speaker:

Dawn Steliga

 

***NOTE:  Fourth Monday of the month to accommodate statutory holiday.

To assist in our ongoing effort to be environmentally friendly,
please try to remember to bring your own mug for your herbal tea.
May's herb of the month is SWEET CICELY.

Library
Be sure to visit the library table. Our Library Committee puts a lot of effort into maintaining the library and selecting books which relate to our meeting topics each month.


MONDAY, June 16 or June 23, 2014 (DATE TBA)

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

**For Members Only**

MORE INFO


Potluck Dinner...
Please bring something to share with your herbal friends.
 

To assist in our ongoing effort to be environmentally friendly,
please try to remember to bring your own mug for your herbal tea.
June's herb of the month is SWEET WOODRUFF.
 

Previous General Meetings and Special Events - 2012/13

MONDAY, September 17, 2012

Topic:

The Medicinal Use of Plants and Their Elemental Nature

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Speaker:

Chad Cornell, Master Herbalist, Hollow Reed Holistic

 
Website: www.hollowreedholistic.ca  

Ayurvedic medicine aims to integrate and balance the body, mind, and spirit; thus, some view it as "holistic." This balance is believed to lead to happiness and health, and to help prevent illness. Ayurvedic medicine also treats specific physical and mental health problems. A chief aim of Ayurvedic practices is to cleanse the body of substances that can cause disease, thus helping to reestablish harmony and balance.

Chad Cornell, Master Herbalist and owner and operator of Hollow Reed Holistic holds a passion for the role of natural healing and the holistic model. He is a graduate of the Wild Rose College of Natural Healing in Calgary, Alberta, and has been practicing natural healing methods full-time since.

For the past 5 years, Chad has lectured at the U of M Health Sciences Center Campus as part of the Integrative Medicine Program; a goal to provide healing and education programs that awaken, inspire and empower. His mission as an Herbalist is to renew our inherent connection to the natural world that surrounds us, and the healing power within us all.


MONDAY, October 15, 2012

Topic:

TBA

MORE INFO

Speaker:

Dorothy Dobbie
Garden Expert

 

Dorothy Dobbie is the president and founder of Pegasus Publications Inc., the publisher of local gardener magazines, Ontario Gardener, Manitoba Gardener and Alberta Gardener. She has written extensively on gardening matters and authors the weekly e-newsletter, 10 Neat Things, which has over 15,000 subscribers. She blogs and tweets as Gardening Canuck.

For the past 11 years, Mrs. Dobbie is the host of the popular weekly gardening radio show, The Gardener on CJOB, a Corus radio station.

She is a former Member of Parliament and has recently stepped down from being Chair and President of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra which she had been part of for the past five years and is a former President of Tree Canada.

Dorothy is a recurrent speaker for the Herb Society of Manitoba providing her audiences with topics of herbal interest.


MONDAY, November 19, 2012

**ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION**

This annual Christmas party is a favourite with our members.

Theme: "Taste of Herbs"

MORE INFO

Three delicious herbal treats will be demonstrated by Trish, Iris and Vera.
It will be difficult to choose which demonstration to watch but, no fear, printouts will be available for all three.

 
 
     
Attention Herb Society Members...  
- Bring a Herbal Goodie to share with your fellow Herb Members
- Bring an item for the Alpha House hamper 
Click here to see Alpha House Wish List
 


**This Event is for Members Only**

Memberships can be purchased or renewed prior to the event.
Membership: Individual $25; Family: $30; Corporate $100
(All other events open to the public for $5 guest fee.)

 

 

MONDAY, January 21, 2013

Topic:

Photographing the Goodness of Herbs

MORE INFO

Speaker:

Lori J. Westman

 

Website:

www.earthflowerphotography.com

 

Photographing the “Herbal Garden” located near the Assiniboine Park Conservatory entails some specific photographic techniques. Lori will assist you to create your own great photographs by sharing her knowledge of photography. Her presentation will entail visual examples of herbal photography, different lighting situations and the equipment you can use. Lori welcomes questions as this will increase your knowledge and understanding to produce outstanding photographs.

Realizing her creative potential at the Western Pacific Academy of Photography, Lori Westman photographs her favorite subject “Flowers”. Expanding her repertoire to include Herbs, Produce and Artists works of Art, Lori has enjoyed success as a commercial photographer. Two of her images are within the Fuji Film of Canada Selected Collection and The Western Academy of Photography Selected Collections and she has had numerous showing throughout Western Canada and the Yukon Territory. Lori teaches the fundamentals of photography to individuals and groups, "A house requires a solid foundation as so the photograph, learn the fundamentals and you will create great images."


MONDAY, February 25, 2013***

Topic:

Assiniboine Park Horticulture Master Plan

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Speaker:

Gerald Dielemen
Director of Horticulture, Assiniboine Park Conservatory

 

***NOTE:  Fourth Monday of the month to accommodate statutory holiday.

Gerald Dieleman, Director of Horticulture, from the Assiniboine Park Conservancy, will present the Draft Horticulture Master Plan for Assiniboine Park with an overview of horticultural elements in the Park and what the future holds for horticulture in the Park. In addition, Gerald will discuss the process for the development of a new Conservatory and where the Assiniboine Park Conservancy is at in the planning phase of this exciting project!

Gerald Dieleman is the current Director of Horticulture with the Assiniboine Park Conservancy. Gerald comes to Winnipeg with experience as a Landscape Architect in Toronto. His past public garden experience includes working at both Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania and with the Royal Horticulture Society in the United Kingdom.


MONDAY, March 18, 2013

Topic:

Herbal Breads from Scratch

MORE INFO

Speaker:

Louise May, Aurora Farm

 
Website: www.aurorafarm.ca  

Known for her artisan bread, fabulous cinnamon buns, mouth watering pretzels and bagels, Louise will share with us her skill and technique of using certain ingredients to change the taste and texture of baking bread from scratch. She has created her very own distinct “taste” signature and will provide tasty samples to try.

Louise May is owner and operator of Aurora Farm, a 160 acre mixed livestock and crop farm in St. Norbert. She is also an artist and community activist. Aurora Farm is about local food, staying healthy and having happy animals, renewable energy, compost and creativity. It is a place that is actively learning and teaching sustainable agricultural principles through workshops, tours, volunteer and employment opportunities.


MONDAY, April 15, 2013

Fundraiser at this meeting...

Please support your Herb Society of Manitoba “Fundraiser” by purchasing a bag of worm castings from Arnold’s Gourmet Food Farm Inc. - large bag for $20.

     

Topic:

Your Herb Garden (at Assiniboine Park)

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Speaker:

Carol Hibbert and Shelley Walker,
Members of the Herb Society of Manitoba

 

Did you realize that as members of the Manitoba Herb Society, you are the proud caretakers of the Assiniboine Park Herb Garden? This garden receives many visitors from all over the world and Herb Society members at the garden are ambassadors for Winnipeg and the Assiniboine Park. At this talk, we will discuss how the Herb Garden came to be, what type of herb garden it represents, how it is organized and some interesting facts about the plants represented there.

Your hosts for this discussion are:
Carol Hibbert - who joined the Herb Society shortly after it's inception after hearing a short item on CBC radio. She had developed a small herb garden and was interested in finding out more about growing and using herbs.
Shelley Walker - who joined the Herb Garden volunteers because Anne Jackson spoke so interestingly about the garden. Shelley loves to garden but knew nothing about herbs. She felt it would be a great way to learn more - and it was!


MONDAY, May 27, 2013***

Topic:

Herbs Deserve Respect!
Some Things About Herbs We Need to Know

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Speaker:

Dr. Eva Pip
Full Professor, University of Winnipeg

 

***NOTE:  Fourth Monday of the month to accommodate statutory holiday.

Many of us believe that herbs are harmless, and many are. But wait a minute! There are some things we need to know about some of our common garden herbs so that we can enjoy them to the fullest, yet will be aware of the dangers. Baba did not always know best! This talk looks at herb safety and how to multi use herbs in your garden.

Dr. Eva Pip has been a toxicology professor at the University of Winnipeg for 34 years, specializing in plant physiology, water quality and public health. She has published more than 100 scientific articles and 3 books, and has been a member of numerous national and international panels and committees. She is a rabid gardener in the Beausejour area and her garden has been on several garden tours.


MONDAY, June 17, 2013

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

**For Members Only**

MORE INFO


Demonstrations:
  • Herb Infused Salt Demonstration
  • Stretches for the Gardener

Bring a potted plant for the "Plant Swap"

Potluck Dinner...
Please bring something to share with your herbal friends.

 
   

HerbFest 2013
Harvesting Your Herbs

Sunday, August 18
12:00pm - 4:30pm
Assiniboine Park Conservatory & Event Tent

Co-hosted by the Herb Society of Manitoba
and Assiniboine Park Conservancy


E
njoy activities for adults and children and learn all about
harvesting your herbs from experts in the field.

See poster for event details and schedule.


MONDAY, September 16, 2013

Topic:

Garden Holidays Around the World

MORE INFO

Speaker:

Ashley Van Elslander of Collette Vacations

 

A partnership developed between the Royal Horticultural Society and Collette Vacations offering an exclusive travel experience to the world’s most extraordinary destination gardens.

Join us in this unique presentation by Ashley Van Elslander introducing us to a new collection of one-of-a-kind Garden Holidays that differ from other garden tours around the world.

September's herb of the month is ANGELICA.


MONDAY, October 21, 2013

Topic:

Sho-Tai methods and techniques
and the use of herbal formulas that will provide you with the solution to improve your health

MORE INFO

Speaker:

Terry Bell, Sho-Tai practitioner

 
Website: www.sho-tai.ca  

Sho-Tai is a combination of a few different methods and techniques, such as: reading the eyes, reading the tongue, and an advanced muscle test to help determine the body’s levels of health. It's an advanced, non-invasive, combination of techniques that does not use equipment, machinery or chemicals to determine ailments in the body. Sho-Tai is a simple, safe, and natural method of techniques used to perform physical, structural, and nutritional analysis of the human body. A deficiency in any of these areas could cause or contribute to various acute or chronic health problems.

October's herb of the month is BERGAMOT.


MONDAY, November 18, 2013

**ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION**

This annual Christmas party is a favourite with our members.

Potluck Dinner...
Please bring something to share with your herbal friends.

November's herb of the month is CHERVIL.

Workshop on "Making a Christmas Pomander"
by our Fundraising Chair, Cindy Louer

MORE INFO


Cindy will provide a "how to" demonstration and workshop on creating a Christmas Pomander.

Everything you need to make a Christmas Pomander will be supplied:
"how to" handout, styrofoam ball, cloves, cardamom, raffia, wire and glue.

Once again, Alpha House donations are welcome. (Click on MORE INFO to see the Alpha House wish list.)

 
 


**This Event is for Members Only**

Memberships can be purchased or renewed prior to the event.
Membership: Individual $25; Family: $30; Corporate $100
(All other events open to the public for $5 guest fee.)

 

 


MONDAY, January 20, 2014

Topic:

The Art of Tea Tasting

MORE INFO

Speaker:

Bob Krul, Cornelia Bean

 
Website: http://www.corneliabean.com  

Bob Krul is the co-owner of Cornelia Bean located on Academy Road. Cornelia Bean is a tea and coffee house providing its customers with an immense variety of teas to choose from. Bob loves tea and will teach us the secrets of properly brewing and drinking tea. As an expert he has spoken at the World Tea Expo in Las Vegas. We invite you to attend our evening with Bob and learn from the knowledge that he will provide to us on the delivery, aroma and taste of a great cup of tea.

January's herb of the month is COMFREY.


MONDAY, February 24, 2014***

Topic:

These are the Herbs I Know

MORE INFO

Speaker: Heiko Duehrsen,
Executive Chef of the Assiniboine Park Conservancy
 

***NOTE:  Fourth Monday of the month to accommodate statutory holiday.

Heiko Duehrsen was born and raised in Vancouver. He attended Vancouver Vocational College where he took his chef training. He apprenticed at the beautiful Delta Whistler Resort in British Columbia, and continued his classical training at the prestigious Five Sails Dining Room in the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver, where he was strongly influenced by Asian and Westcoast cuisine. Moving to Winnipeg where he was introduced to Manitoba cuisine, he became the Restaurant Chef at the historical Velvet Glove at the Fairmont Hotel. He then continued on to become the Executive Chef of The Gates on Roblin. He immersed himself in Manitoba local fare and gained a strong reputation as one of the city’s top chefs.

Heiko is currently the Executive Chef for The Assiniboine Park Conservancy overseeing the operations of The Qualico Family Centre, The Tundra Grill, The Conservatory and Assiniboine Park Concessions.

This evening he will share his experience of using herbs both in the workplace and at home.

February's herb of the month is LADY'S MANTLE.


MONDAY, March 17, 2014

Topic:

The Use of Herbs in Soapmaking

MORE INFO

Speaker: Louise May, Aurora Farm  
Website: www.aurorafarm.ca  

Join us as we welcome Louise May of Aurora Farm. Louise will be speaking to us about the use of herbs in soapmaking. Hand crafted goat milk soap will be available for purchase.

Louise May is owner and operator of Aurora Farm, a 160 acre mixed livestock and crop farm in St. Norbert. She is also an artist and community activist.

March's herb of the month is MEADOWSWEET.

Hospitality
Monday is St Patrick's Day. We suggest some kind of GREEN or Irish influenced snack for the hospitality table.


If you would like to volunteer at General Meetings or have an idea you would like to share with us for a Speaker or Workshop, please contact us at: herbs@herbsocietymb.com.


To contact us for more information,
either write to the following address:

     Herb Society of Manitoba
     PO Box 61004 RPO Grant Park
     Winnipeg, MB R3M 3X8

Or contact us by email at:
herbs@herbsocietymb.com 
COMMON SENSE WARNING:
Any information on this site is NOT intended to prescribe or diagnose in any way. The intent is to offer general information about herbs including information about their historical and current use. Those who are sick should consult with their doctor.

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