Herb Day 2007 Slated for January 20, 2007
November 20, 2006
  • /Crop Sciences
Urbana -- University of Illinois Extension has scheduled its popular Herb Day 2007 for Saturday, January 20, 2007 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center, 1001 Killarney St., Urbana, IL (217) 328-7900.

Herbal experts from around the world will present five educational sessions to inspire herb gardening and use in the coming year.

Caroline Holmes, noted garden author, speaker and garden designer from Bury St. Edmunds, England, will give two talks. Her morning presentation is entitled A Zest for Herbs, which includes a section on her garden designs at Alnwick. In the afternoon, she will follow up with Herbs from Monet's Garden at Giverney, with thoughts about both the artistic and culinary approach to herbs, along with gorgeous slides of the artist's restored gardens.

Kathleen Hull, MD, from Indianapolis, Indiana, will give us an historical perspective on Female Complaints in the Garden. She will explain how different plants have been used to treat disorders affecting women. This is a very interesting presentation and not uncomfortable for men in the audience, due to Kathleen's tact and professional style.

Deanna House will again delight our gastronomic senses with some House Specialties with Herbs. She will bring her latest cookbook, too.

Art Tucker, Delaware State University professor and world-renowned herbal scholar, has put together a talk that explores what Linnaeus himself might say about some of the medicinal plants of the world, entitled Linnaeus' Thoughts on Herbs.

There will be a retail area again this year, selling a broad spectrum of herb, spice, and gardening products. Get a jump-start on the 2007 gardening season by shopping now. Morning coffee, tea, and rolls will be available near the exhibit area, and an herb-themed lunch buffet will be served in the Atrium. The capacity of the lecture room has been slightly expanded to 270, but be sure to send in your reservations early to avoid disappointment, since this expanded space again sold out last year.

Attendees may register and reserve lunch at any time through January 12, as long as space remains available. Registrations will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the available 270 spaces are filled, any additional registrations will be returned. On-site registration will only be available if all 270 seats are not filled by pre-registration. On-site registration does not include lunch. It has been five years since any on-site registration space has been available.

Cost of registration, including lunch, is only $49 per person. This includes seating in the lectures, coffee, tea, and rolls during morning registration, an herbal theme lunch buffet, and access to the retail area. A vegan plate is available, but only if specified on the registration form. Reservations must be received by January 12, 2007, to guarantee lunch.

Those interested in attending should mail checks, payable to the University of Illinois, to: Herb Day 2007, Attn: Carol Preston, S-406 Turner Hall, 1102 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, Illinois 61801.

For more information, call (217) 333-7738 and mention Herb Day 2007. Sorry, credit card orders cannot be accepted, and cancellations will not be refunded. Registrations may be transferred to another individual, as long as Carol Preston is notified of the name change by January 12. No confirmation of registration will be sent. To confirm receipt of registration, please phone (217) 333-7738 or e-mail preston1@uiuc.edu.