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Herb Day 2008 in Urbana

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Dear Past and Future Herb Day Attendees:

This letter is to announce that Herb Day 2008 has been scheduled for Saturday,

January 19, from 8:00 am (when registration begins and the retail area opens) through 4:30 pm, at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center, 1001 Killarney St., Urbana, IL 217-328-7900. The Holiday Inn is just south and west of exit #183 off I-74 (Lincoln Avenue), conveniently located and easy to find. Hotel rooms are reserved for Herb Day attendees at the special Herb Day rate ($70 single, $80 double) until January 1. After that date, this rate will only be in effect if rooms at the hotel remain available. There is also a Holiday Inn Express just across the parking lot from the Holiday Inn. The first educational session begins promptly at 9:00 am.

As has become traditional, herbal experts will present five educational sessions to inspire herb gardening and use in the coming year.

Session 1 Jeanne Rose of San Francisco, California, will speak about The Aromatic History of the Use of Essential Oils. She is a noted author and expert on this subject, who teaches a wide array of classes on the uses of essential oils during the year.

Session 2 Pat Burnell, of Burnell's Neat Wheat, in Varna, Illinois, will give a lecture-demonstration of this ancient art form, entitled Getting Started with Wheat Weaving. Pat is well known around the country for her work with this herb-related craft activity. She has just completed her 15th annual visit to Dollywood, where her presentations are greatly appreciated.

Session 3 Ben Lubchansky from Urbana, Illinois, recently completed his masters degree working on a project with pastured poultry and organic vegetable production. He is also an accomplished young chef who gave a wonderful presentation at the 2006 Organic Gardening Day. He will cook for us, using Herbs in the Twenty-First Century Kitchen.

Session 4 Jonathan Hoffman of Vicksburg, Michigan, is in the process of writing a book about the plants that Lewis and Clark encountered along their historic route. Jonathan has traveled much of the route himself and will share his knowledge and excellent photos of The Herbal Footprints of Lewis and Clark.

Session 5 Jeanne Rose will complete the day with a second talk about the production and use of essential oils in everyday life, entitled More Smelly Stories.

There will be a retail area selling a broad spectrum of herb, spice, and gardening products. Get a jump-start on the 2008 gardening season by shopping now. Morning coffee, tea, and rolls will be available near the exhibit area, and an herb-themed lunch buffet will be served in the Atrium.

Attendees may register through January 11, as long as space remains available. Registrations will be allotted on a first come, first served basis, so register now. Once the available 270 spaces are filled, any additional registrations will be returned. On-site registration (which does not include lunch) will only be available if all 270 seats are not filled by January 11. It has been several years since any on-site registration space has been available.

Cost of registration is only $49 per person. This includes seating in the lectures, coffee, tea, and rolls during morning registration, an herbal theme lunch buffet (including vegetarian options), and access to the retail area. A vegan plate is available, but only if specified on the registration form. Herb Day registrations are due by January 11, 2008. Those interested in attending should mail checks, payable to the University of Illinois, to: Herb Day 2008, Attn: Carol Preston, S-406 Turner Hall, 1102 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, Illinois 61801 (see enclosed return envelope). For more information call 217-333-7738 or email Sorry, credit card orders cannot be accepted, and cancellations will not be refunded. Registrations may be transferred to another individual, as long as Carol Preston is notified of the name change by January 11.

No confirmation of registration will be sent. To confirm receipt of registration, please phone 217-333-7738 or email


Chuck Voigt

Vegetable and Herb Specialist


Registration Form

(due by January 11, 2008)

Name (as wanted on nametag) and contact information - address, phone, and email (please print):







Total number of registrations: x $49 = $

Number for vegan lunch plate (no meat, dairy, or eggs) List name(s) below

Send check, payable to UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS, to Herb Day 2008, Attn: Carol Preston,

S-406 Turner Hall, 1102 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL 61801. Sorry, no credit

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