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Annual Herb Faire

The Herb Faire annually sponsored by the Madison Herb Society, reaches out to the public through lectures and demonstrations and provides an outlet for members to expand their knowledge and abilities to use herbs.

2017 Herb Faire

Saturday, November 4

35th Annual Herb Faire

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

at Olbrich Gardens

3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI


Free Admission to the Faire!

Herbal vendors, workshops, and demonstrations.

Free Herbal Presentations in the Atrium

Theme: Herbs for the Holidays

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Program and Vendor List

Speaker Information

9:30 a.m. ~ Bonnie Kulke

Bonnie Kulke

Holiday Decorating with Herbs

Learn about incorporating fresh or dry herbs into your holiday decorations. Get ideas to embellish a plain evergreen wreath with herbs, dried and other materials with longtime Madison Herb Society member, Bonnie Kulke.


11:30 a.m. ~ Sheila Leary and Carrie B. Wilkey

Sheila Leary Carrie B. Wilkey

From Cordials to Cocktails and Elixirs to Pop!

Sheila Leary will offer a brief history of herbal libations, and Carrie B. Wilkey will demonstrate how to make herbal cordials that also mix into colorful holiday cocktails. Sheila Leary has been an herb gardener for 40 years and works in scholarly publishing. Carrie B. Wilkey has been gardening most of her life, learning the basics from her great grandmother and grandmother. Her professional background spans agriculture, publishing, photography, and website content design. Both are longtime members of the Madison Herb Society.


1:30 p.m. ~ Kathy Eich

Kathy Eich - Red Root Mountain

Herbs for Your Digestive Health

As the holidays approach, it's a good time to think about our digestive health. Come find out about herbs for short-term relief of your digestive woes, and long-term strategies for healing your gut.


Interested in being a vendor at the Herb Faire?
Click here for complete information.

2017 Herb Faire Poster


For additional Herb Faire information:
Email: info@madisonherbsociety.org
or call Chris Manke, MHS president 608.467.7785 (General Herb Faire Info)
or Linda Marx 608.249.7717 (Vendor Info)

Publicity, press release and photos for press use.

How it All Began

In 1983 the Madison Herb Society sponsored the first Herb Faire at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in order to educate the public about herbs and raise money to further the activities of the organization. The Annual Herb Faire continues its tradition of offering members of the Society and the general public an opportunity to learn about the culture and use of herbs. Each year the addition of new events broaden the scope of learning experiences for all who attend. Enjoy a fun-filled, day-long fair with herb demonstrations, herbal food, and the sale of a wide variety of herb products from cookbooks to wreaths.

Please give back to the Herb Society by working on the day of the faire and bringing a donation to sell at the booth.

Past Herb Faire Information

For a taste of previous Herb Faires, click on the links below to read about speakers and demonstrations.

2016 Madison Herb Society Herb Faire

2015 Madison Herb Society Herb Faire

The Basics of Cordial Making
The Basics of Making Herbal Vinegars