July 17, 2006 – Washington, DC — The U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) will celebrate the first annual HerbDay this October – and all are invited!
HerbDay is a new national event that is a series of public educational activities celebrating the importance of herbs and herbalism that will occur during the week of October 8 and culminate in a national celebration on October 14. Activities will occur at botanical gardens, parks, and retail establishments throughout North America. HerbDay activities at each hosting venue may range from lectures and workshops by herbalists; herb walks; cooking demonstrations featuring herbs and spices; seasonal herbal handcrafts; herbal beauty product demonstrations; demonstrations by herb company representatives; and children’s activities with herbal themes.
The USBG’s HerbDay events include a series of four lectures on the health benefits of botanical products on Friday, October 13. An Herb Fair will follow on Saturday, October 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a wide range of activities that will focus on the beauty of herbs and their health and culinary uses. Classes, lectures, demonstrations, and many children’s activities will be ongoing, as will walking tours of the beneficial plants in the Botanic Garden collection. All events are free to the public! A detailed schedule and more information about these events can be found at www.usbg.gov or www.herbday.org.
HerbDay was initiated by a coalition of non-profit organizations.* Those who want to participate in HerbDay (either as an event organizer or attendee) are invited to visit www.herbday.org, the primary source for information about HerbDay activities and resources across the nation.
The U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory is open to the public, free of charge, every day of the year from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Conservatory is located at 100 Maryland Avenue, SW, on the west side of the U.S. Capitol. Visitors are encouraged to take Metrobus and Metrorail. Further information is available by calling 202-225-8333 or visiting our website at www.usbg.gov.
* American Botanical Council (ABC); American Herbalist Guild (AHG); American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP); American Herbal Products Association (AHPA); and United Plant Savers (UpS).