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Events and Meetings

Join us for business, announcements, herbal treats, and a featured presentation.
Society general meetings are held at Olbrich Botanical Gardens
unless otherwise noted.
Click on links for additional information.

Business meeting and program 9-11:30 a.m.
*Unless otherwise noted.


2018 - 2019 Calendar

Printable MHS 2018-2019 Calendar of Events

Madison Herb Society Calendar of Events
Date Time Program
Monday, August 20,

5-5:30 p.m.

5:30-7 p.m.

7-7:30 p.m.

1950s Theme Summer Potluck

1950 retro kitchen image

This summer’s MHS potluck will have a unique theme – the ‘50s – herbal, of course. Monday, August 20, in Olbrich’s Commons Room at 5 p.m.

Some of you are too young to remember the l950s, but many of us do. Just ask your mothers or grandmothers what dishes were popular then. Here are some favorite 1950s foods: Jello salads, Swedish meatballs, deviled eggs, layer cakes, upside down cakes, quiche, potato salad, Cole slaw, stuffed tomatoes, baked beans, meatloaf, tuna casserole, 3 bean salads, macaroni salads, biscuits, strawberry shortcake, ham salad, pickled beets, rice pudding, egg foo young, cucumber canapés, stuffed celery, pies, stuffed mushrooms, chicken casseroles, and many more. You can look up more ideas on the Internet.

Bring a dish to pass—something fun and herbal. Invite a friend. Bring your own table service – plate, fork, knife, spoon, napkin.

Please e-mail or call Marge Snyder at 233-6219 or masnyder826@charter.net.

Read the Summer Potluck flyer for additional details.


September 15, 2018
9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Basic Herbal Cheese Making with cheese maker Mary Hoffman

Come and learn the basics about cheese making and how to add herbs and other flavors to homemade cheese.

Mary's passion is cooking and service and she loves to teach and showcase her various cheeses. Mary's first introduction to cheese making was at an event held by the Society for Creative Anachronism (a medieval reenactment group) many years ago in Waukesha.

Mary Hoffman - Cheesemaker

We will meet in the upstairs meeting room.


Saturday, October 13, 2018 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

A Packaging Party for the Herb Faire

Come join the fun of packaging MHS’s favorite
signature product for the November fair - Wisconsin Herb Blend. The work goes quickly with lots of help, and after the packaging, enjoy some herbal treats and conversation. Members are asked to bring herbal treats to share.


We will meet in the Atrium.


Saturday, November 3, 2018 9 a.m. -
3 p.m.

Free event - Open to the public.

Theme: Beyond Parsely, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme

There will be lots of vendors, the MHS booth and the Educational Room with three fabulous speakers!

Speakers include:

  • 9:30 a.m. - Erin Presley - Growing Herbs for Tea
  • 11:30 a.m. - Neeta Saluja - Cooking with Indian Herbs and Spices
  • 1:30 p.m. - Joan Flynn - Making Wreaths and Dried Arrangements from your Garden

Read all about the Herb Faire.

Apply to be a vendor at the Herb Faire. All Vendor Spaces Filled!

Download the Herb Faire poster.

Download the Madison Herb Society's Herb Faire Press Kit.

Monday, December 3, 2018 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

MHS Holiday Potluck for MHS Members and their Guests at Olbrich Gardens

What to bring:

  • An herbal potluck dish to share, with serving utensil
  • Your own plate(s), cup(s), and dining utensils
  • A donation of full size personal care items for a women’s shelter
  • Optional: A friend/partner (bring additional food, utensils, etc.)
  • Holiday cheer!

We will meet in Evjue Commons.


Saturday, January 19,
9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Growing Healthy, Productive Organic Herbs - Randy Kohn, West Star Organics

Randy Kohn

This discussion will revolve around building/using the right soil to grow your organic herbs. A nutrient rich, lively soil will produce a stronger, healthier, and more productive herb plant. We will discuss how West Star Organics produces a growing media that manages growth with nutrients, water retention and drainage with various soil conditioners, and protection from pest and disease using beneficial organisms. We will discuss production practices used by West Star Organics to manage their herb varieties and prepare the plants for home gardeners.

We will meet in the upstairs meeting room.


Friday, Saturday, Sunday
February 8-10, 2019


Wisconsin Garden Expo - Alliant Energy Center

Come and visit the Madison Herb Society booth at the Wisconsin Garden Expo to learn about herbs, stock up on your favorite MHS products, or buy a cookbook!


Saturday, February 16, 2019 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Tour the FEED Kitchens on Sherman Avenue

We will meet at the FEED Kitchens at 9 a.m. and get a tour of the facility. The address is 1219 N. Sherman Avenue, Madison, WI 53704.

Food Enterprise and Economic Development (FEED) Kitchens is a project of the Northside Planning Council of Madison. The FEED facility includes five commercial kitchens, with specialized equipment for baking, produce preparation and processing, deli prep and meat processing. The facility is available for rent so that food businesses, nonprofit organizations, vocational training programs and individuals seeking to prepare food to sell to the public have a legal place to prepare their food.


March 16, 2019
9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Nancy Welsh - Botanical Quilling

Nancy will show us how to perform quilling and make some botanical art. There will also be a hands-on workshop for those who would like to make and take some of their own quilling art. There will be a $5 fee per person to participate.

We will meet in the upstairs meeting room.


April 20, 2019
9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

MHS Annual Tea

Preparing, Brewing and Serving Tea for Tea Parties

A representative from Steep and Brew West (on Odana Road) will talk with us about Preparing, Brewing and Serving Tea for Tea Parties.

We will meet in the Evjue Commons.


May 18, 2019
9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Erin Presley - Growing and Using Mexican Herbs, Spices and Vegetables

Erin Presley

Join Olbrich Herb Garden horticulturist Erin Presley on a culinary expedition to explore the flavors of Mexican vegetables and herbs, addressing both traditional varieties and some selected especially for Wisconsin. We will cover growing tips, history and easy recipes to spice up your kitchen and garden routine!

Erin Presley is a Horticulturist at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin, where she manages the Herb, Wildflower and Pond Gardens. Her diverse gardening interests include salvias, American ginseng, mulleins and evening primroses, self-seeding annuals, sedges, and - of course - other herbs and vegetables of all kinds!

We will meet in the upstairs meeting room.

June   TBA
July   TBA
Monday, August 19, 2019 5:30-7 p.m.

Summer Potluck

We will meet in Evjue Commons.

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