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University of Illinois Herb Day: January 19

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URBANA – The featured speakers for University of Illinois Herb Day are both informative and entertaining, according to a U of I Extension herb specialist. The event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center near Lincoln Avenue and I-74 in Urbana.

"This is the 13th annual Herb Day," said Chuck Voigt, University of Illinois Extension vegetable and herb specialist and coordinator of the event. "Even those who have been to previous Herb Days will find this one to be loaded with especially knowledgeable and entertaining presenters."

Jane Taylor, from Cape Elizabeth, Maine is the founding director of the 4-H Childrens' Garden at Michigan State University and the "godmother" of children's gardens across the United States. She will speak about "Kids in the Herb Garden" and a second talk about grilling with herbs entitled "Fire It Up With Herbs."

Carolee Snyder, from Carolee's Herb Farm in Hartford City, Indiana, will provide information about the "Elderberry, Herb of the Year 2013." Snyder has served on the board of the International Herb Association, is a member of the Herb Society of America, and has been a perennial vendor in the Herb Day retail area.

Jan Powers, from Stone Well Garden in West Peoria, Illinois, last spoke at the 2003 Herb Day and is returning this year to talk about "Herb Gardens." Powers is well known in the Peoria area for her gardening expertise.

Voigt said there will be one additional speaker at the event.

In addition to the speakers, there will be a retail area selling a wide variety of herb, spice and gardening products as well as books and products from the presenters.

Advance registration of $60, which includes an herb-themed lunch buffet (including vegetarian options), must be received by Jan. 11 to guarantee lunch. For more information, call Linda Harvey at 217-244-1693 or send an email to

On-site registration on Jan. 19 begins at 8 a.m. and will continue only as long as space allows. On-site registration does not include lunch. The first educational session begins promptly at 9 a.m.

News Source: Chuck Voigt, 217-333-1969

News Writer: Debra Levey Larson, 217-244-2880

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