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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 break, the speaker begins their presentation. Sometimes the order is reversed depending on the speaker and topic. Upcoming speakers are listed below.  Clicking on "MORE INFO" 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.

HerbFest 2016

 

Enjoy Herbs Year-Round
Sunday, August 21, 2016
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!

Event details coming soon.


MONDAY, September 19, 2016

Topic:

Culinary Herbs for Health and Healing

MORE INFO

Speaker:

Karen Peters of KarenFood

 
Website:  karenfood.blogspot.ca  

Karen Peters has always been in the kitchen, it seems. As a student in Germany, she apprenticed at a Bavarian and then Italian restaurant, earning her red seal. Karen worked as a chef in Turkey. Her other interests lead her to also learn about the foods of Korea, different regions of India, China and Morocco. In each of these regions, food is seen as the key to health and medicine. She holds a Masters of Environment and had her field work in Kerala, South India. Karen has been a food educator for a number of years, from seed saving and gardening to food security programs as well as having a top restaurant, featuring her foods.

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 Perilla.

Doors open 6:30 pm | Meeting 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


SATURDAY, October 22, 2016

Herb Society of Manitoba 20th Anniversary Celebrations

We are turning 20 this year and we are celebrating!


Upcoming Meeting Dates

MONDAY, October 17, 2016
October's herb of the month is Peppermint.
SPEAKER:  Omer and Ann Marie

MONDAY, November 21, 2016
November's herb of the month is Dandelion.
Annual Christmas Celebration (Members' Only).
Collecting donations for Alpha House.

SPEAKER:  Lisa Belanger, Frescolio
TOPIC:      Oil and Vinegar Tasting
WEBSITE:  www.frescolio.ca

MONDAY, January 16, 2017
January's herb of the month is Wild Strawberry.
SPEAKER:  Tiffany Grenkow, Winnipeg Sweet Potato
WEBSITE:  www.winnipegsweetpotato.com

MONDAY, February 20, 2017
February's herb of the month is Basil.
SPEAKER:  Melissa Makarenko, Chef from Resto Gare
TOPIC:      Cooking with Herbs
WEBSITE:  restogare.com

MONDAY, March 20, 2017
March's herb of the month is Fennel.
SPEAKER:  Mick Manfield
TOPIC:      Square Foot and Vertical Gardening

MONDAY, April 17, 2017
April's herb of the month is Echinacea.
SPEAKER:  TBA

MONDAY, May 15, 2017
May's herb of the month is Ginger.
SPEAKER:  TBA

MONDAY, June 19, 2017
June's herb of the month is Garlic.
Annual General Meeting (Members' Only).


Previous General Meetings and Special Events - 2015/16


MONDAY, September 21, 2015

Topic:

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

MORE INFO

Speaker:

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

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Preferred-Perch/113828315313112

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.

September's herb of the month is LEMON BALM.


MONDAY, October, 19, 2015

Topic:

The Health Benefits of Oils and Vinegars

MORE INFO

Speaker:

Bev Penner, Prairie Oils and Vinegars

 

Website:

www.prairieoils.ca

 

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.

October's herb of the month is CALENDULA.


MONDAY, November 16, 2015

   

**ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION**

MORE INFO

This annual Christmas party is a favourite with our members.

 
     
DATE: Monday, November 16, 2015  
TIME: 6 :00 pm          Doors Open
7:00 - 7:30 pm  Potluck and Socializing
7:30 - 8:15 pm  Workshop
8:30 - 9:00 pm  Clean-Up
 
PLACE: Assiniboine Park Conservatory, Winnipeg, MB  
     
Attention Herb Society Members...
- Bring a Herbal Goodie to share with your fellow Herb Members
- Bring an item for Alpha House...   Click here for 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.)
 

November's herb of the month is SCENTED GERANIUM.


MONDAY, February 15, 2016

Topic:

The Importance of Bees, Threats to Bees and
How Urban Beekeeping and Gardening Can Help

MORE INFO

Speaker:

Chris and Lindsay Kirouac, from Beeproject

 

Website:

www.beeproject.ca

 

Chris Kirouac has been keeping bees along with his wife Lindsay for 7 years under the Beeproject banner. Beeproject was originally started as an experiment after Chris took the Beekeeping for the Hobbyist course at the University of Manitoba.

What was once a small hobby project of only 5 hives has morphed into a small business of closer to 140 hives kept mainly in the Gimli area along with a few hives tucked away in the City of Winnipeg. Chris has also been working with the Manitoba Agriculture hive inspection program, visiting apiaries around the province and aiding wit disease identification and surveillance.

Urban beekeeping is where Bee Project's focus and passion has been for the last few years. Working with city councillors and businesses in Winnipeg there is great opportunity to engage the public and promote the wellbeing of pollinators in this way.

February's herb of the month is LAVENDER.


MONDAY, March 21, 2016

Topic:

Gardening with an Emphasis on Herbs

MORE INFO

Speaker:

Mandy from Mandy's Greenhouse

 

Website:

mandysgreenhouse.com

 

Mandy's Bio:
"I am a self-taught gardener (as are many of you…) I have a sincere love for all living/growing things be they animal or plant. I have experimented (and sometimes succeeded…) with all types of manure, insects, diseases, fertilizers, soils and amendments. I have also grown quite a few house plants, namely African Violets and Streptocarpuses, then roses, raspberries, strawberries, tons of perennials flowers, lilies, some trees & fruit trees, grapes and now finally alpine/rock garden varieties and heritage vegetables."

March's herb of the month is ANISE HYSSOP.


MONDAY, April 18, 2016

Topic:

Growing Mushrooms at Home

MORE INFO

Speaker:

Ken Fosty, Certified Arborist

 

Learn to grow specialty mushrooms in your backyard. Do you have access to oak branches? Learn how to ‘plant’ the mushroom spawn and grow your own Shiitake mushrooms on oak logs. Hands-on demonstration will show how to inoculate the logs with mushroom spawn. A biological process you’ll love – growing your own mushrooms backyard style. Mushroom Grow Kits will be available for sale following the hands-on presentation.

April's herb of the month is SAGE.


MONDAY, May 16, 2016

Topic:

Essential Native Plants for Butterflies, Birds, Bees & Pollinators

MORE INFO

Speaker:

Shirley Froehlich of Prairie Originals

 

Website:

www.prairieoriginals.com

 

Shirley started Prairie Originals 26 years ago in 1990. It is now located on a 5 acre site near Selkirk, Manitoba. Prairie Originals grows plugs, pots and seed of over 120 varieties of Prairie Wildflowers & Grasses, Woodland Wildflowers, Native Shrubs and Vines. These are available for home gardeners, school grounds, naturalization projects, parks, commercial properties and landscaping projects.

May's
herb of the month is LEMON VERBENA.


MONDAY, June 20, 2016

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING & POTLUCK DINNER

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

MORE INFO

  • Member Idea Sharing

  • Herb Identification Game

  • Bring a potted plant for the "Plant Exchange"

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

 

June's herb of the month is CATNIP.
 


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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