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Club celebrates perennial growth

February 11, 2012
By Kathleen Palumbo , Town Crier correspondent

Not even a brisk Ohio winter will find members of the Holborn Herb Growers Guild twiddling those talented green thumbs of theirs. With 30 years of growth to celebrate, the guild plans to welcome the public to their anniversary fete, as they host an Herb Symposium on Saturday, March 24.

According to information provided by Diane Playforth of Holborn, since its inception in 1982, the guild has been educating the public about the growth and use of herbs. Best known for having planted two public gardens -- in Boardman Park and in the Western Reserve Village Gardens, located within the Canfield Fairgrounds -- at which guild members delight in offering tours.

Additionally, the guild has held several plant sales, teas, and several members serve as public speakers on the subject of herbs.

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Chairmen of the Holborn Herb Growers Guild include Terry Ham, Carri Bookwalter and Johanne Edel, and standing, President Sue Kasmer, Peg Mills, Mary Grace Fowler and Diane Playforth.

Appropriately, the anniversary event, which will be held at the Canfield Presbyterian Church, will include a variety of speakers including Keith Kaiser, Tim Parks, Karen Langan, and Paul Carmichael, with additional information provided by the guild providing the following on each of the presenters.

As the herb of the year is the rose, Kaiser, a horticulturist at Mill Creek MetroParks who oversees the nationally known rose garden at Fellows Riverside Garden will speak and offer a slide show.

Parks, owner of Parks Garden Center for more than 35 years, will address attendees on "Why is that..." Grower of tens of thousands of annuals and perennials, Parks Garden Center is also home to the number one Giant Pumpkin Growing Club in the world.

Owner of Mulberry Creek Herb Farm in Huron, Langan, who says she grew up in dirt, holds a degree in Laboratory Science and Greenhouse Production and Management from Ohio State University. Having grown herbs for years and opened her greenhouse in 1995, Langan and her husband grow more than 900 varieties of certified organic herbs. She will speak and demonstrate cooking with herbs.

For 30 years, Carmichael owned the Lily of the Valley Herb Farm, and currently serves as executive director of Beech Creek Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve in Alliance. Passionate about educating others about horticulture, Carmichael, who specializes in botany and plant propagation, will speak at the symposium on container, fairy, and miniature gardens.

In addition to the variety of speakers, attendees will be served morning tea, coffee, and crumpets, lunch, and all guests will leave with an herbal surprise.

Tickets for the event, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., are available for $30; seating is limited. Interested parties are asked to contact Diane Playforth at 330-533-3802.

Oblivious to several more weeks of winter ahead, the ladies of the Holborn Herb Growers Guild certainly aren't spending the winter idle, as despite the season, "We always find fun things to do," said member Carri Bookwalter.



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