Herb Workshops and Events

January 31, 2011

istock_000006751140xsmallFancy a day out?  Why not try a herb workshop or course?

If you’re feeling a bit blue with all this cold, dark weather, why not book yourself onto a herb workshop so that you have something to look forward to. Following various requests for herb course providers, I thought it might be useful to list a few here.

Here is a roundup of the herb course providers that I am aware of at the moment.  If I’ve missed any or you run herb days/workshops, feel free to leave a comment with your details below.

Penny Ody is a member of NIMH and runs 12 herb days during the year at her lovely home in  Hampshire.  There are a wide variety of topics available including ‘Planning your herb garden’, ‘Identifying, growing and using herbs’, ‘Making a herbal home remedies kit’ and ‘Making creams and ointments’.  More details can be found on her website Herbs at Walnut.

Christina Stapley, a medical herbalist runs many herb related workshops during the year at various locations including Wiltshire, West Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Dorset, Buckinghamshire and now U.S.A and has recently launched an ‘Aging Successfully Email Course’ which looks fascinating.  Workshops usually include an element of hands-on activities and are great fun.  The full range of courses can be seen at either of Chirstina’s websites:  Heartease Herb Books or Heartsease Herbal Practice.

Judith Hann runs herb cookery days at her home, currently on offer are dates in May and June 2011 but due to her herb garden being featured on BBC Gardeners World the interest in her courses is very high, so be sure to book soon if you’re interested.  You can find out more on the website: Hann’s Herbs

Sue Taunton has been growing herbs for over 20 years and runs herb cookery course and other herb related courses from her home on the Surrey/West Sussex border.  You can find out more about dates at the Southernwoods website.

If you fancy an evening herb walk and live near Cheltenham, Anne Mcintyre, a medical herbalist offers them at her beautiful herb garden during late June to early August – more details are on the website: Anne McIntyre.

Jekka McVicar holds open days at her herb farm. You can also book yourself onto a herb workshop on the Open Day. You’ll find more details here or on Jekka’s website together with dates for where Jekka will be doing herb lectures this year.

Herbs for Healing based in Barnsley, near Cirencester, Gloustershire is run by Davina Wynne-Jones. They have a wonderful range of workshops including soap making with herbs and a children’s easter holiday workshop, more details on the website Herbs For Healing

I know that there are quite a few other people that will be running herb related courses later in the year but at the time of writing, details are not available so I will post another summary later on.  If it’s you though,  I’m happy for you to add a comment with details below.

If you can’t take a day out, maybe you could join your local herb group instead – some of these are listed on the Herb Society’s Group page.   They all seem to have some fabulous topics lined up and most groups welcome visitors so do check out the individual group pages for more information.

The Hertfordshire Herb Group will have reached its 15th anniversary in March and is holding this meeting at Campus West in Welwyn Garden City.  Caroline Holmes the garden designer, will be talking about the deadly plants growing in the Poison Garden, which forms part of the Alnwick Garden in Northumberland.  More information on the Hertfordshire Herb Group’s website here.

Maybe I’ll see you at one of the events!

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1 Sarah Head 01.31.11 at 3:19 pm

You might like to include my workshop details – Exploring herbs. They are held once a month and can be found on http://www.springfieldsanctuary.co.uk

2 Non Owen 02.17.11 at 3:56 pm

Hi Madeleine-just found your lovely website. I’d like to be added on to your website for herbal workshops please. My name’s Non Owen and I’m a medical herbalist based in North Wales, I run herbal medicine making days at my home near Ruthin in the beautiful Vale of Clwyd. A beginners day includes making teas, syrups and ointments, together with a herb tour of my medicinal herb garden. I run 3-4 workshops a year. Dates for 2011 yet to be fixed, but will be on my website soon! New for 2011 will be growing and planning your herb garden.
Kind regards

3 maddles 02.17.11 at 4:27 pm

Thank you Sarah and Non, I’ll make sure I add a link to your websites in the next post in mid to late March.

4 Andrea Hughes 06.05.11 at 8:47 pm

I am based in West Sussex and run Herb workshops regularly through spring and summertime. We always make at least 4 preparations to take home, including ointments, teas, gels, oils, medicinal vinegars, infused oils and Gels!
We have a wonderful Apothecary’s garden and a large range of herb plants for sale.

I also run the West Sussex Herb group, at present we are planting our own community herb garden.
Meetings are open to all, dates are always on my blog.

Thank you for sharing

Andrea Hughes Medical Herbalist

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