National Herb Day and the annual Heritage Herb Spring Extravaganza!

The Ozark Folk Center State Park, in Mountain View, Arkansas will host herbal fun on Saturday, May 2, 2015. The Heritage Herb Garden crew and supporting friends will celebrate National Herb Day with the annual Heritage Herb Spring Extravaganza! Savory, Herb of the Year 2015™ is the genus of beneficial plants which will take center stage.

The Committee of 100’s Herb Garden Committee, led by Jennifer Blankenship and Nell Doyle, will serve herbal refreshments in the Herb Cabin between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Committee sponsors the keynote speaker for the Medicinal Herb Field Trip and Workshop and helps us to procure garden supplies and special plants as needed. The Committee of 100 dedicated the Heritage Herb Garden to the people of Arkansas on June 7, 1986.

The Herb Society of America’s Ozark Unit is headquartered at the Ozark Folk Center and will hold their monthly meeting, which take place on the first Saturday of the month, at 10 a.m. in the Skillet Restaurant. This HSA unit plans and executes the Herb Harvest Supper reception on the first Thursday of October during the Herb Harvest Fall Festival. The unit plans and cares for the Folk Kids’ Mountain Garden for the Heritage Herb Garden. Folks interested in joining this active group are invited to attend the free meeting.

After the meeting, HSA members will demonstrate the uses of savory in the Folk Kids’ Mountain Garden, inside the Craft Village. In addition to refreshments and demonstrations, garden tours will be conducted at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; they will begin at the Herb Shoppe. The Widow Wilcox of Rattlesnake Ridge will be telling Yarb Tales on the Dr. Bessie Moore Deck by the school house at 12:00. The Herb Arbor offers gardeners selections of savory plants, scented geraniums, culinary herbs and perennials. Craft Admission Tickets are required for activities occurring inside the Craft Village, for more information call 870-269-3851.

The mission of Ozark Folk Center State Park is to perpetuate, present and promote the Ozark way of life in an educational and enjoyable manner; through craft demonstrations, musical programs, the Heritage Herb Garden, workshops and other special events.