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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, September 21, 2015


Using crystals and quartz in and around plants, plus
how to attract birds during the winter



Sherrie Versluis, The Preferred Perch Wild Bird Specialty & Gift Store



Sherrie will bring a selection of bird feeders and foods to show us how to attract the best wild birds of the season. She will also bring a selection of rocks and crystals and will show us how using these with our plants can keep them healthy and more productive.

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

Doors open 6:30 pm | Meeting Presentation 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm | Doors close 9:00 pm
Yearly Membership: Individual $25; Family: $30; Corporate $100
Admission:  Members - FREE; Non-member - $5

MONDAY, October, 19, 2015


The Health Benefits of Oils and Vinegars



Bev Penner, Prairie Oils and Vinegars





Owner Bev Penner and her husband were on a culinary tour in Portland, OR, where they discovered an oil and vinegar tasting room. They fell in love with the freshness of the extra virgin olive oil and the wonderful flavours of the aged balsamic condimento as well as the tasting experience. From this holiday the idea to open their own tasting room evolved.

"Our goal at Prairie Oils & Vinegars is to educate each customer by allowing them to experience what high quality olive oil should taste like. But, we also educate the customer on Why it tastes better! We’re not just a retail store, we’re an experience!"

Bev will be bringing samples of her oils and vinegars to the meeting for tasting and purchasing. Bev can suggest wonderful pairings, which would make a great Christmas presents or Host/Hostess gifts for the upcoming holiday season.

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

Doors open 6:30 pm | Meeting Presentation 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm | Doors close 9:00 pm
Yearly Membership: Individual $25; Family: $30; Corporate $100
Admission:  Members - FREE; Non-member - $5


MONDAY, November 16, 2015
November's herb of the month is Scented Geranium.
Annual Christmas Celebration (Members' Only).
Collecting donations for Alpha House.

MONDAY, January 18, 2016
January's herb of the month is Mint.
Our speaker will be Karen Peters of KarenFood.

MONDAY, February 15, 2016
February's herb of the month is Lavender.

MONDAY, March 21, 2016
March's herb of the month is Anise Hyssop.
Our speaker will be Mandy from Mandy's Greenhouse.
Topic: Planning and Planting a Herb Garden

MONDAY, April 18, 2016
April's herb of the month is Sage.

MONDAY, May 16, 2016
May's herb of the month is Lemon Verbena.
Our speaker will be Shirley Froehlich of Prairie Originals.
Topic: Prairie Plants & Herbs That Attract Butterflies

MONDAY, June 20, 2016
June's herb of the month is Catnip.
Annual General Meeting (Members' Only).

Previous General Meetings and Special Events - 2014/15

MONDAY, September 22, 2014***


Improving Your Immune System



Dr. Amy Kroeker, ND
Centre for Natural Medicine,
Naturopathic Health and Wellness Clinic


***NOTE:  Fourth Monday of the month.

Dr. Amy Kroeker, ND graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutritional Sciences from the University of Manitoba and went on to complete her degree as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. During her clinical training, Dr. Kroeker was one of twelve students chosen to start the Brampton Civic Naturopathic Clinic within the Brampton Civic Hospital in Ontario. This clinic began as a pilot project designed to provide integrative healthcare within a hospital and is the first clinic of its kind in Canada.

In her practice, Dr. Kroeker seeks to identify the root of the problem and group individual symptoms into a comprehensive picture. Nutrition, lifestyle change, and Traditional Chinese Medicine are all core therapies on which Dr. Kroeker commonly bases her prescriptions due to their ability to address the 'big picture'.

Aside from clinical practice, Dr. Kroeker is an active individual who is always on the search for new things to learn. Her curiosity has led her to try many activities and sports such as performing in musical productions and cycling across Canada. "I don't have just ONE sole passion in life. Instead, I choose to take my passion FOR life into everything I do."

September's herb of the month is THYME.

MONDAY, October, 20, 2014


Some of the Lesser-known Benefits of Essential Oils



Nancy Hall III, Hollow Reed Holistic





Nancy Hall III is the co founder of Hollow Reed Holistic and creator of Three Winds Aromatherapy. Her passion and talent for the safe and effective use of essential oils is earning her a solid reputation, both locally and afar. She has studied under internationally respected Aromatherapist Michael Scholes, via the California School of Aromatic Studies, and has committed herself to integrating the teachings of both Kurt Schnaubelt and Dr. Light Miller, author of Ayurveda & Aromatherapy. She has been interviewed by CBC and has been invited by local universities, schools and government to speak to the increasing public interest in the natural health, home and beauty product industry. Nancy clearly integrates her art and her concern for nature with a sincere intention to help others find a renewed sense of peace, joy and well-being.

Nancy will be speaking to us about some of the lesser known benefits of essential oils, such as medicinal, ayurvedic, body-care blending, and home cleaning.

October's herb of the month is SAVORY.

MONDAY, November, 17, 2014


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 Oregano.
To assist in our ongoing effort to be environmentally friendly,
please try to remember to bring your own mug for your herbal tea.

Monday, November 17, 2014
TIME:     7 - 9 pm (doors open at 6 pm)
Assiniboine Park Conservatory, Winnipeg, MB

Click on poster to see details.

Christmas Hamper Donation to Alpha House
Every year we collect items for a hamper which we deliver to Alpha House. We will be collecting donations on the night of the Potluck.
(Click on MORE INFO to see the Alpha House wish list.)

FYI...  Prairie Garden books will be available for sale at the Christmas Potluck.
Cindy has reduced the price of the book from $12 to $10... a real bargain
as they sell for $15 at city bookstores.




**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 19, 2015


The State of Horticulture at Assiniboine Park



Gerald Dieleman, Director of Horticulture
Assiniboine Park Conservancy


Gerald Dieleman is the Director of Horticulture for the Assiniboine Park Conservancy. He is a landscape architect whose public garden experience includes Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, and the Royal Horticulture Society in the UK. Gerald is a University of Guelph Graduate, and received his Masters Degree in Public Horticulture as a Fellow in the Longwood Graduate Program at the University of Delaware.

Gerald will be speaking on the state of horticulture at Assiniboine Park. In particular, the situation of the park gardens when the Conservancy was given the responsibility of managing the Park, the changes that have been made, and what plans are in the works for the next few years. Gerald will also talk about the Herb Garden, the relationship between the Conservancy and the Herb Society of Manitoba, and the impact a new Conservatory would have on the Herb Garden.

January's herb of the month is ROSEMARY.

MONDAY, February 23, 2015***

***NOTE:  Fourth Monday.

Topic: Making Maple Syrup for "Fun or Profit"



Ken Fosty, Certified Arborist





The sap is flowing. Do you have a maple or birch tree on your property? Learn how to make your own syrup from local Manitoba maple and birch trees. Hands-on demonstration will include tree identification and selection, tapping the tree, boiling off the sap, bottling, storing the syrup and how-to instructions. Enjoy making your own “sweet treat”. Manitoba Maple Syrup - A Taste of Manitoba. Taps will be available for sale following the hands-on presentation.

Ken Fosty is a Certified Manitoba Arborist with over 35 years of professional experience in the forestry field.

He has combined his professional and instructional expertise in delivering over 350 practical, hands-on forestry and tree-related seminars, workshops, bus tours and field days across Manitoba. His array of seminars includes Proper Pruning of Landscape and Apple Trees, Proper Tree Planting, Christmas Tree Growing, Insects and Diseases of Trees, Sawmilling and Adding Value to Your Trees, Making Manitoba Maple Syrup and Growing Mushrooms in Your Backyard.

Ken is also certified professional Chainsaw Instructor and provides chainsaw safety certification training to numerous groups including First Nations.

He is also a Non-Timber Forest Product Instructor and provides instructional presentations on numerous wild crafting topics including herbal teas and wreath making.

Ken actively manages his woodlot in southeast Manitoba. There he uses his woodlot as his hands-on laboratory to grow Christmas trees, produce firewood, cultivate trees and shrubs, produce Manitoba maple syrup and grow nutritious organic mushrooms.

February's herb of the month is SAGE.

MONDAY, March 16, 2015

Topic: Herbal Nutrition for the Childbearing Years



Alison Ritchie, owner of Sacred Pregnancy Winnipeg





Alison Ritchie is the owner of Sacred Pregnancy Winnipeg. She will be speaking on herbal nutrition for the childbearing years, including herbs to replenish yourself and keep you feeling great through this demanding time of life.

A certified DONA doula and mother of 2, Alison is passionate about educating and empowering women through workshops and one-on-one consultations. She is currently working towards a certificate in Nutritional Therapy and Herbal Medicine for women with Dr. Aviva Romm.

March's herb of the month is TARRAGON.

MONDAY, April 20, 2015

Speaker: Shea Ritchie
owner of Chaise Café and Lounge, 271 Provencher Blvd.


Shea will talk about the importance of using fresh ingredients to create restaurant meals that are healthy, tasty and unique.

April's herb of the month is SALAD BURNET.

MONDAY, May 25, 2015***

***NOTE:  Fourth Monday.

Topic: Healthy Nutritional Meals with Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants



Laura Reeves, founder of Prairie Shore Botanicals








Chances are your yard and garden are already home to several nutrient dense and highly medicinal, wild plants. Find out what they are and how to make the most of them as Laura Reeves shares some of her 20 years of experience and experimentation with easy-to-grow wild edibles. Come and visit us at the Assiniboine Park Conservatory and discover some new ‘wild’ ideas about cooking!

Laura Reeves, founder of Prairie Shore Botanicals, regularly shares her passion for wild edibles and wilderness skills through courses, workshops and guided plant walks. She is a botanist with many years experience and received her BSc. (Botany) from the University of Manitoba in 1997.

Laura is the author of “Laura’s Guide to Useful Plants – From Acorns to Zoom Sticks” which includes fun descriptions of Laura’s experiences with over 60 plants and mushrooms, and recipes. She is also the maker of Manitoba’s own “Sap ‘n’ Salvy” healing salve, which combines the antimicrobial and healing properties of balsam poplar leaf buds and white spruce sap. This amazing forest-scented salve is being used effectively to heal raw, open wounds, burns, rashes, and dry skin.

May's herb of the month is LOVAGE.

MONDAY, June 15, 2015


**Members Only**  **Members Only**  **Members Only**


Sharing of Herbal Tips by members.
Bring a potted plant for the "Plant Exchange"

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


Doors open 6:00 pm - Doors close 9:00 pm
6:15 to 7:00 pm. Potluck ( Please submit your food item to Dawn Hicks at hospitality@herbsocietymb.com )
7:00 to 7:30 pm. AGM Meeting
7:30 to 8:15 pm.
Member Idea Sharing (5 minutes each)
8:15 to 8:30 pm.
Plant Exchange

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

HerbFest 2015

Enjoy Herbs Year-Round


Sunday, August 16, 2015
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Event Tent at the Assiniboine Park Conservatory

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

Learn about the benefits and uses of herbs and how you can enjoy them in your home year-round!
Enjoy activities for both adults and children!

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
(Event Tent and Herb Garden)
Bake Sale, Lemonade Stand, Herb Plant Sale, Kids Craft Table.
Guest Speakers. Vendors selling herb-related products.
Herb Society of Manitoba info table. Guided Tours of Herb Garden.

Speaker schedule:
1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
(Event Tent)
Maurice Larson, Assiniboine Park Conservancy
"Getting Your Garden Going in the Spring"

2:30 pm – 3:15 pm
Dave Hanson, Sage Garden Herbs
(Event Tent)
Using Grow Lights to Help Get Your Herbs and Vegetables Started in Winter"

3:30 pm – 4:15 pm
Bob Krul, Cornelia Bean
(Event Tent)
"The new Boreal teas that Cornelia Bean will be introducing this year"

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
(Event Tent and Herb Garden)
Dawn Kitching, Natural Fragments
Brigitte Schneider, Epicure
Maria Paukovic, Therapy Bags
Dave Hanson, Sage Garden Herbs

We will be selling Lavender Sleep Pillows at our info 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:
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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