The American Botanical Council (ABC) is celebrating the 5th Annual HerbDay with an inspiring herb walk and lecture by renowned herbalist, teacher and author Christopher Hobbs and a dedication of their new Ayurvedic Garden. The event occurs on Saturday, May 1, 2010, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the ABC headquarters at 6200 Manor Road in Austin, Texas and is free and open to the public.
Visitors are encouraged to stroll through ABC’s beautiful 2.5 acres of themed gardens. Christopher Hobbs, LAc, AHG, will lead an engaging herb walk in ABC’s organic herb gardens from 9:00 a.m. until noon and will focus on plants that contribute to liver health, organic diet, and stress relief. Hobbs is a licensed acupuncturist, a 4th generation herbalist with more than 30 years of clinical experience, and the director of formulations for Rainbow Light. In addition, he has written or contributed to more than 20 books on herbs.
Beginning at 12:15 p.m., ABC will dedicate its new Ayurvedic Garden, number 31 in ABC’s medicinal theme gardens. ABC Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal will recognize the sponsors of the new garden: Nature’s Formulary, Organix-South, and Dr. Ikhlas Khan (University of Mississippi). A short discussion on the garden, its design and purpose, and some of the plants chosen for inclusion will follow.
The dedication of the garden will be followed by refreshments with tea provided by Zhi Tea and Pukka Tea on the patio, weather permitting, or in ABC’s education annex. Books, membership information, and sample issues of ABC’s quarterly, peer-reviewed journal HerbalGram will also be available.
HerbDay is a coordinated series of independently produced public educational events celebrating the importance of herbs and herbalism. HerbDay was initiated by 5 nonprofit organizations with interests in herbs and herbalism (the HerbDay Coalition) to raise public awareness about the significance of herbs in our lives and the many ways herbs can be used safely and creatively for health, beauty care, and culinary enjoyment. Greater familiarity with herbs will increase informed use of herbal products and build public support for maintaining personal choice in the use of botanicals. www.herbday.org.
About the American Botanical Council
Founded in 1988, the American Botanical Council is a leading international nonprofit organization addressing research and educational issues regarding herbs and medicinal plants. ABC’s members include academic researchers and educators; libraries; health professionals and medical institutions; government agencies; members of the herb, dietary supplement, cosmetic, and pharmaceutical industries; journalists; consumers; and others in nearly 70 countries. The organization occupies a historic 2.5-acre site in Austin, Texas where it publishes the quarterly journal HerbalGram, the monthly e-publication HerbalEGram, HerbClips (summaries of scientific and clinical publications), reference books, and other educational materials. ABC also hosts HerbMedPro, a powerful herbal database, covering scientific and clinical publications on more than 220 herbs. ABC also co-produces the “Herbal Insights” segment for Healing Quest, a television series on PBS .
ABC is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. Information: Contact ABC at P.O. Box 144345, Austin, TX 78714-4345, Phone: 512-926-4900. Website: http://www.herbalgram.org/.