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January 31, 2012

Midwest Herb and Garden Show to be held

MT. VERNON — The 24th Annual Midwest Herb and Garden Show is coming to Times Square Mall on Feb. 10, 11 and 12.

“It’s a very nice event, and we’re happy to have it here in Mt. Vernon,” said Bonnie Jerdon, tourism director for the city. “We have more than 50 vendors already signed up and it’s still early. We will get even more signed in as the date gets closer.”

The annual event is sponsored by the Herbs for Health and Fun Club and the Mt. Vernon Convention and Visitors Bureau. This year, the keynote speaker will be Deborah Lee, who will be featured in sessions on Friday and Saturday.

“Deborah Lee is well-known in the gardening world, primarily as an educator, and herbs are her specialty. She’s going to do some programming on what you can eat as far as herbs, and what you can use for medicinal purposes as well as how to grow herbs.”

In addition to vendors, the event will feature scheduled lessons and sessions from many experts. On Friday at 10:30 a.m. Dave Mason will hold a session on stained glass mosaics, with a 4x6 make and take craft and a cost of $15 for materials; Charlotte Smith will talk about diabetic cooking at noon; Debbie Wilson will teach a gourd class with a cardinal ornament or necklace make and take for $5 material fee; Morcom Creations will host a session on bats, the benefits of housing them at 2 p.m.; and Ellen’s Herbal Teas will host a session on the benefits and uses of herbal teas at 3 p.m.

Lee will hold her first session at 4 p.m. on Friday, “Growing and Using Culinary Herbs;” at 5 p.m. Garr’s will talk about creating a wild bird habitat; and Lee will be back at 6 p.m. along with Josh Greene a student member of the Herb Club who has an Illinois Certified Herb Garden for Jefferson County. The two will discuss how to create a certified herb garden.

At 7 p.m. Friday, a gourd workshop on designing your own gourd wren house will wrap up the sessions. There is a class size limit of 18 for the class and family groups may take the class together. There is a fee of $15 with all supplies furnished, and registration may be made in advance by calling 822-6959.

On Saturday, the sessions get underway at 11 a.m. with Wild and Free: Wild Edible Plants by Lee. At 12:30 p.m., Joyce Miller of Huckleberry Hutch will discuss Cooking with Herbs; at 1:30 Lee will discuss Medicinal Herbs; at 3 p.m. Cleve Hayes of Puddingstone will talk about Fun Things to do in the Garden; at 4 p.m. a session will be held, Chatting About Chicadees; local blacksmith John Lovin will discuss blacksmith tools and their uses at 5 p.m.; Sandy Minton and Donita Morris will talk about Garden Photography at 6 p.m. and Raymond and Sue Creasy of Legacy Herbs will hold a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Sunday, there are three sessions planned. At 12:30, Ellen Wilson of Ellen’s Herbal Teas will hold a session on Herbs of the Bible; Ernie Henson of Rainbow Lane Farm will talk about Re-blooming Irises at 1:30 p.m. Sunday; and a garden tour will be held at 3 p.m.

Official hours of the event are from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Additional information is available at 800-252-5464.

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