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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, January 19, 2015


Gerald Dieleman, Director of Horticulture
Assiniboine Park Conservancy


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


MONDAY, February 23, 2015***
February's herb of the month is Sage.

MONDAY, March 16, 2015
March's herb of the month is Tarragon.

MONDAY, April 20, 2015
April's herb of the month is Salad Burnet.

MONDAY, May 25, 2015***
May's herb of the month is Lovage.

MONDAY, June 15, 2015
June's herb of the month is Dill.

***NOTE:  Fourth Monday of the month.

Previous General Meetings and Special Events - 2013/14

MONDAY, September 16, 2013


Garden Holidays Around the World



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


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



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


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


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


The Art of Tea Tasting



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***


These are the Herbs I Know


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


The Use of Herbs in Soapmaking


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.

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

MONDAY, April 28, 2014***


Natural Medicine From the Garden



Dawn Kitching, Natural Fragments

Website: www.hollowreedholistic.ca  



(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, Lymphatic 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.

April's herb of the month is EVENING PRIMROSE.

Fundraiser at this meeting...
Please support your Herb Society of Manitoba “Fundraiser” by purchasing some Victory Soil (worm castings with enriched minerals) from Brian Arnold, of Arnold’s Gourmet Food Farm Inc.:
1 bag = $20; 3 bags = $45; and 7 bags = $100
Should you wish to pre-order send Cindy Louer an email at

MONDAY, May 26, 2014***


Fermentation (using herbs)



Dawn Steliga


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

Have you heard of kefir or kombucha? Do you have digestive problems?

In her search to regain her health back from digestive problems, Dawn Steliga discovered the health benefits of using herbs and vegetables through the process of fermentation.

Today, Dawn is a certified massage therapist and the co-founder of Blys, a company focused on helping people take care of themselves. Dawn’s passion for helping others has inspired her to pursue her career further as she is currently studying science with hopes of becoming a doctor.

Please join us in an educational evening with Dawn Steliga.

May's herb of the month is SWEET CICELY.

MONDAY, June 16, 2014


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


Various presenters will give us their Herbal Tips
# Presenter Topic Description
(Culinary, Medicinal, etc.)
1. Olga Runnalls Cuban Oregano Plant protection from animals
2. Evelyne Beaudoin Asparagus How to keep your patch producing through the years
3. Shelley Walker Herbal Tea Herbal tea favorites
4. Jade Raizenne Native Herbs of Manitoba Medicinal, culinary, etc.
5. June Harris Traditional History Medicinal
6. Agnes Leung Chive Flower Vinegar Infused vinegar with chives

Bring a potted plant for the "Plant Swap"

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.
HSM 5 Minute Speakers
8:15 to 8:30 pm.
Plant Exchange

June's herb of the month is SWEET WOODRUFF.

SUNDAY, June 22, 2014

Spring Fundraiser at Braman's Greens

Our hosts will be Adele & Doug Braman.  The afternoon will include a light snack followed by a tour of their farm.  You will also have the opportunity to purchase some plants, produce or cheese.  Please join us.

Date: Sunday, June 22, 2014
Time: 2-5 pm
Place: Braman's Greens
29003 77N Road, East Selkirk, Just off Hwy 59
Cost: $25 per person
Contact: For tickets contact Cindy Louer at fundraising@herbsocietymb.com or at the next Herb Society meeting on June 16th.

Click here for flyer.

HerbFest 2014

Herbs Around the Home


Sunday, August 17, 2014
12:00pm - 4:30pm
Assiniboine Park Conservatory & Event Tent

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

Enjoy activities for both adults and children.


12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
(Tent & Herb Garden)
Herb Sale, Baked Goods Sale, Guided Tours of Herb Garden

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Aromatherapy Demonstration -
Karen Lind & Melissa Scouten (Assiniboine Park Conservancy Education Coordinators)

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
Uses for Herbs at Home - Louise May, Aurora Farm

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.)



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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