First Meeting Updates-

Our first meeting of the fall season is right around the corner! If you are so inclined, please check out the Events page for the Herb of the Month, and bring a dish or beverage to share including the herb.

Jill has graciously offered to continue with the culinary services she’s been providing, until someone else feels called to volunteer. The responsibilities include coming to the meetings 15 minutes early (6:15), placing table cloths and serve-ware on tables, assisting with labeling ingredients on dishes brought by members, and bringing tea so there is always a beverage available. Jill has also taken on bringing a dish herself, using the herb of the month. That is not a requirement, but has been greatly appreciated! After the meeting, the tables are cleared,trash disposed of and serving-ware put away.

We are looking forward to seeing each other again after the summer break!

FHS has found a new home!

Greetings Florida Herb Society Members!  We hope you are excited for this new season.  As most of you are aware, the FHS can no longer afford to pay for it’s meeting space. The membership dues only go so far, and last year they did not cover the cost of renting space and having speakers. Therefore, we needed to chose a new space.

There were several criteria expressed by the board and our members:

-Free
-Seating for 50 people or more
-A Storage area for our FHS belongings (at least a large tote box)
-A small kitchen/fridge area for culinary, preparing food and washing up
-Plenty of tables for displays, demonstrations and culinary
-Freedom to hold plant and seed swaps and sales amongst members
-Plentiful, well lit parking
-AC and rest rooms
-An opportunity to find a new home as gracious and welcoming as the garden club, ideally with a space to grow herbs and use as a demonstration garden.

Anne and Amy met several times over the summer, visited and checked out in person several possible locations, spoke to previous board members, incorporated everyone’s advice and wisdom, and focused on what would be best for the Florida Herb Society as a whole. This decision was not taken lightly and was certainly a difficult one to make.

We are proud to announce our new relationship with Moccasin Lake Park in Clearwater, Florida.
In keeping with our 41 year tradition, we will have a meeting room space in a lovely wood building, that blends into the surrounding natural environment. This space meets all of the above criteria and more. It has plentiful well-lit parking inside a fenced in area, park trails for going on edible herb walks, an additional outdoor seating area with a stage and fire pit, which we may use at our discretion.
The Park is home to similar organizations like the Pinellas Native Plant Society, Audubon, Suncoast Sierra Club, Permaculture groups, and the Clearwater Bonsai Club. There will be many opportunities for us to participate in festivals and become more involved in the community, while furthering our goal of educating existing and new members.

Most of us did not want to leave the garden club, but realize we must if we are to remain financially viable.
The new board was immediately faced with the difficult task of finding a new meeting space, while trying to meet everyone’s needs. We appreciate your support while we all transition to the new space, and look forward to seeing everyone after the summer break.

Click for an interactive map to Moccasin Lake Park.

Please check out the Events page for our new 2014 Schedule!

 

 

Election of New Board Members

Our final meeting of the 2013/2014 season included the election of several new board members.  Thank you to all our exiting board members for your dedication, direction, and creativity through the past several seasons! There are several spots unfilled, if you feel called to serve in any capacity please do let one of us know :)

President                  –  Anne Dort

Vice President          – Amy DiAngelus

Secretary                   – Sharon Smith

Treasurer                   – Nancy McClelland

Resident Herbalist   -Linda Nash Stevenson

Programming            – Dorothy Hall

Horticulture              – Yetta Jaworski  &  Susan McCoy

Membership             – Barbara Boss  &  Diane Fairbanks

Culinary                    – open

Members, if you would like to volunteer as or suggest a speaker, please use the Contact page or contact any member of the board.

Welcome New Members!

The Florida Herb Society meets monthly throughout the year to educate members and the general public in the growing, preservation, and uses of herbs.  Please join us to learn and share all about herbs.

Come and check out a meeting for free. Only $25 per year if you decide to join!
Membership forms and schedules are available at the Greeting/Sign-In desk.