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Herb Day

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Herb Day 2008 has been scheduled for Saturday, January 19. Herbal experts will present five educational sessions to inspire herb gardening and use in the coming year, says Extension Vegetable and Herb Specialist Chuck Voigt.

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.

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.

Ben Lubchansky from Urbana, Illinois, recently completed his master's 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.

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.

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 for a jump-start on shopping for the 2008 gardening season. 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, 2008. 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. 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. For more information call 217-333-7738 or email

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