Herb swap to be part of lecture at event in New Haven
NEW HAVEN — An herb swap will be part of an event that will include a lecture on “Herbs for Colonial and Modern Homes” at 2 p.m. July 22 at the Pardee-Morris House, 325 Lighthouse Road, according to a release.
Rachel Heerema, a Pardee-Morris House neighbor and certified herbalist, will be the host for the free, hands-on event, the release said. Heerema is the University of Connecticut Extension Service Master Gardener intern who “researched, designed, and installed the small colonial herb garden at Pardee-Morris House in recent years,” the release said.
“Attendees will learn about growing, harvesting, and using the culinary, household, tea and medicinal herbs that early New Haveners enjoyed, and view and sample herbs from the Pardee-Morris House garden. They will also receive a color handout detailing how each herb in the garden was, and might still be, used,” the release said. “Largely an informal presentation, Heerema says she anticipates lots of discussion time focusing on the specific interests of those who attend.”
Participants are invited to bring divided herbs from their own gardens, in labeled pots, for an herb swap immediately following Heerema’s presentation, the release said. If enough people bring plants to share, “Hopefully those who attend will discover something new and bring it home to enjoy,” Heerema said, also in the release. “For each potted herb you bring you can take one home, so feel free to bring a few!”
Heerema is the author of the gardening and herbalist blog: http://greenrachel.com/. She runs a monthly “herbal friends” workshop at the Unitarian Universalist church on Whitney Avenue, “where like-minded enthusiasts discuss one herb, and its applications, in detail,” the release said.
The Museum thanks Alder Salvatore E. DeCola; The Howard Gilman Foundation; Knights of Columbus, Rodrigo Council #44; and Morris Cove neighbors, including Frank Pinto and Rosemary Spring, for supporting the 2018 summer season.