On Saturday, May 2, the nonprofit American Botanical Council (ABC) will celebrate the 10th annual HerbDay with a variety of herbal educational activities including presentations from local and national herbal experts.
The HerbDay event occurs at ABC’s historic headquarters the historic Case Mill Homestead, 6200 Manor Road in East Austin, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
HerbDay activities include herbalist-led tours of ABC’s expansive 20-plus medicinal- and culinary-themed gardens. The internationally known expert herbalists include Brigitte Mars, herbalist, author, nutritionist, and teacher from Boulder, Colo., and Mark Blumenthal, ABC’s founder and executive director.
The first herb walk will start at 10:30 a.m. and will be led by local herbalist and author Nicole Telkes, Director of the Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine in Austin. Carlos Hernandez, long-time Austin herbalist and Owner and Formulator for Bio-Star Botanicals, will lead the second herb walk at 1:15 pm. Each herb walk will last approximately 45 minutes.
The day’s first herbal talk will begin at noon and be presented by Mars, an herbalist with more than 40 years’ experience in natural lifestyles. Mars’ talk will cover “Natural Remedies for Mental and Emotional Health.” Well known among American herbalists and herb students, Ms. Mars has taught at Naropa University, Bauman College of Holistic Health, and Natural Chef, The School of Natural Medicine, Just for the Health of It School of Reflexology and Healing Arts, Boulder College of Massage Therapy, Esalen Institute, Kripalu, and at an Icelandic healing arts school called Heilsumeistraskolinn.
ABC’s Blumenthal will begin speaking at 2:30 p.m. on “Humorous Health: Conventional and Alternative Medicine, Pharmaceutical Drugs, Diet, and Lifestyle as Seen through Cartoons.”
In addition to the herb walks and herb talks, participants will have plenty of time to explore ABC’s medicinal and culinary herb gardens on their own. ABC will also hold a plant sale throughout the day.
“This is a great way for HerbDay visitors to add to their own gardens—or possibly start one—while supporting ABC’s essential nonprofit educational mission,” said Jenny Perez, ABC education coordinator. “Travis County Master Gardeners will be on site to answer gardening questions.”
“Children’s activities will take place throughout the day,” said Toby Bernal, ABC’s gardener. “There will be a maypole dance—always fun for young and old alike—and a planting station for kids to start their own garden projects from either a seed or a starter plant. There will also be live music throughout the day.”
Refreshments, books, and membership information will be available in addition to free sample issues of ABC’s highly acclaimed, full-color, scientific, quarterly, peer-reviewed journal, HerbalGram, and other educational literature.
HerbDay is sponsored locally by ABC and People’s Pharmacy.