With the Canfield Fair just weeks away, members of the Holborn Herb Grower's Guild are keeping busy preparing the many gardens at the Western Reserve Village.
By fair time, those gardens will be a main attraction to those visiting the historic fairground village.
On July 30, garden co-chairs Kathy Lingenfelter of Austintown and Pat Fedorchak of Canfield were tending to the gardens by pulling weeds and preparing the beds for fresh mulch. They tended several of the gardens in the village and put in many hours to prepare them for the fair.
Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Holborn Herb Growers members Kathy Lingenfelter of Austintown and Pat Fedorchak of Canfield have been among those putting in a lot of time over the past month preparing the gardens at the Western Reserve Village for this year's Canfield Fair.
Lingenfelter enjoys the work and has her own area of expertise.
''I focus on medicinal herbs,'' she said. ''For example, jewel weed is great for bee stings and poison ivy.''
She will be on hand during the fair to talk to fairgoers about the many medicinal herbs that are grown near the doctor's office at the village.
Other members, such as Fedorchak, simply love gardening and keep active both at the fairgrounds and at home.
''I have two acres of gardens at home that keeps me fairly busy,'' she said.
Both women agreed that belonging to the Holborn Herb Growers Guild has improved their knowledge and their gardening skills. Lingenfelter said the guild holds regular meetings and often brings in guest speakers to talk on various gardening and herb topics.
As for sharing information at the fair, the guild will have members throughout the Western Reserve Village during the fair to answer questions about the herbs. It also will be a good time to find out about membership in the guild.