HerbDay 2006 Scheduled for October 14th - Events Planned to 'Celebrate Herbs and Herbalism'

Five national non-profit organizations working together as the HerbDay Coalition* announced today that the first annual HerbDay will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2006 – and you are invited!

HerbDay is a coordinated series of public educational events celebrating the importance of herbs and herbalism through harmonized, independently planned activities that will occur on October 14, 2006 or during the week leading up to that date. The activities will occur at retail stores, botanical gardens and parks throughout North America. HerbDay activities will be designed by each hosting venue who will have broad latitude in selecting its own events, such as lectures and workshops by well-known herbalists; herb walks; in-store cooking demonstrations featuring herbs and spices; seasonal herbal handcrafts; in-store herbal beauty product demonstrations; presentations by herb company representatives; activities with herbal themes for children; etc.

Everyone is invited to participate actively in HerbDay 2006, either by hosting an event or providing sponsorship in the form of financial support. It is not too early to start developing ideas for local HerbDay activities so that no town or city is inadvertently left out of the celebration.

In addition to local and regional events, the HerbDay Coalition may produce one or more “keynote” events specifically designed to draw media attention. A national event is tentatively scheduled at the U. S. Botanic Garden.

“We are extremely pleased to be part of this group of national organizations working together cooperatively to create such an important event” said Michael McGuffin, AHPA (American Herbal Products Association) President. “We have designed a very innovative and dynamic opportunity to bring a positive message about herbs to the public in their own communities.”

All those wanting to participate in HerbDay are invited to visit www.herbday.org to review the initial menu of ideas that the HerbDay Coalition has developed. This website will be utilized as the primary location for organizing and disseminating information about HerbDay activities and resources. A registration feature will be added in the near future, so that you will have an opportunity to tell others what you are planning to do to join the herbal celebration!

* American Botanical Council (ABC); American Herbalist Guild (AHG); American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP); American Herbal Products Association (AHPA); and United Plant Savers (UpS).

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