January Message from the President

Viola is one of my favorite flowers. I just love their carefree nature. But I didn’t know how much I didn’t know about them. However, Nan Franz, with an assist from her daughters Josie and Keeley, changed that. Once again Nan gave us a thorough tour of an herb. Thank you, ladies for a fun and educational presentation. What a nice way to kick off the year.


We had two new members join our group: Judy Gonzalez and Robin Mellberg both of Placerville. Welcome, we look forward to getting to know you.


At the meeting I read an excerpt from the Sacramento Digs Gardening BLOG which said: “Mushrooms are having their moment. In 2022 food trend predictions, mushrooms are on everybody’s hot-picks list for their superfood qualities.” Well, as luck would have it, we have Betty Albert scheduled to tell us all about mushrooms next month. In addition to that she usually has something tasty to share with us. You won’t want to miss this.


And check out the article on lead in our Herbs and Spices, emailed with the newsletter, submitted by Debbie Hillel. The article has a list of things you can do to avoid lead and 4th on the list is “Grow and dry your own”. We all agreed that should be first on the list. In March Debbie will show us how to propagate herbs from seeds. There will be a hands-on section where you can plant some of the seeds you got at the Seed Exchange in February. By the way, Debbie will be back again in October to teach us about propagating herbs from cuttings.


Also, there’s an addition to our program schedule. Kitty Stewart has volunteered to give us a talk on Tea, the world’s most consumed beverage behind water, at the May meeting, which just happens to be the Tea Party at Ada’s. There’s a lot to look forward to this year.


I’m sorry to say Carmel Ashwill, has resigned as our Hospitality Coordinator, but the good news is she’s staying in Herb Society. Thank you, Carmel for the beautiful holiday luncheon invitations, the many, many birthday and get well cards and other nice things you do that we don’t even know about.


I’ll see everyone in February for Betty’s talk and the seed exchange. Stay safe and healthy and check your email in case we have to adjust the meeting due to COVID requirements.


Jan Keahey









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2022 Meeting Calender

Note: Meeting locations subject to change

February 4, 2022

Topic: Health Benefits of Mushrooms & Seed Exchange

Organizer: Betty Albert

Location: Veterans Memorial Building

                130 Placerville Dr, Placerville, 95667

                 Park in lower parking lot behind the building

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm 

March 4, 2022

Topic: Propagation of Seeds

Organizer: Debbie Hillel

Location: Veterans Memorial Building

                130 Placerville Dr, Placerville, 95667

                 Park in lower parking lot behind the building

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm 

April 1, 2022

Topic: Growing & Using Basil

Organizer: Jennifer Auvinen & Jan Keahey

Location: Veterans Memorial Building

                130 Placerville Dr, Placerville, 95667

                 Park in lower parking lot behind the building

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm 

May 6, 2022

Topic: Tea Party at Ada Brehmer's Garden

Organizer: Kitty Stewart

Location: Shingle Springs

Time:  10:00am to 12:00pm

June 3, 2022

Topic: Field Trip - Sherwood Demonstration Garden

Organizer: Susan O'Reilly

Location: Folsom Lake College - El Dorado Center

                6699 Campus Dr, Placerville, 95667

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm 

June 29, 2022    Wednesday

Topic: Field Trip - Bluestone Meadow Lavender Farm

Organizer: Carolyn Havicon

Location: 2025 Carson Rd, Placerville 95667

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm 

July 8, 2022

Topic: TBD

Organizer: TBD

Location: Veterans Memorial Building

                130 Placerville Dr, Placerville, 95667

                 Park in lower parking lot behind the building

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm 

August 5, 2022

Topic: Herbs & Pollinators

Organizer: TBD

Location: Veterans Memorial Building

                130 Placerville Dr, Placerville, 95667

                 Park in lower parking lot behind the building

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm 

September 9, 2022

Topic: Growing Cool Season Herbs

Organizer: TBD

Location: Veterans Memorial Building

                130 Placerville Dr, Placerville, 95667

                Park in lower parking lot behind the building

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm 

October 7, 2022

Topic: Propagation - Cuttings

Organizer: Debbie Hillel

Location: Veterans Memorial Building

                130 Placerville Dr, Placerville, 95667

                 Park in lower parking lot behind the building

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm 

November 4, 2022

Topic: Herbal Gifts

Organizer: All Members

Location: Veterans Memorial Building

                130 Placerville Dr, Placerville, 95667

                 Park in lower parking lot behind the building

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm 

December 2, 2022

Topic: Annual Holiday Buffet

Organizer: TBD

Location: Veterans Memorial Building

                130 Placerville Dr, Placerville, 95667

                 Park in lower parking lot behind the building

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm 

Note: Meeting locations subject to change