The Herb Society of America
NorthEast Seacoast Unit

One of over forty units of the Herb Society of America, we are a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the knowledge, use, and delight of herbs.

We are interested in the history, cultivation and uses of herbs as flavoring agents; as medicinal, fragrant and dye plants; as ornamentals in garden design; as household aids; and as economic plants supplying products for modern industry.

Our meetings are usually held in the evenings on the fourth Tuesday of the month in the Portsmouth, New Hampshire vicinity. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in growing and/or the use of herbs. Both experienced and novice gardeners are welcome. Our members volunteer their time and expertise to actively support the unit’s programs and projects.



• Sponsor an annual lecture series on various herbal topics held    at Strawbery Banke Museum.

• Participate in a Herbal Study Group (for members only).

• Hold an annual Herb Plant Sale and Market Place offering a     
  wide selection of herbs and member made herbal products.

• Support public herb gardens including the herb garden at
  Strawbery Banke Museum.

• Fund a local horticultural scholarship.

• Participate in the Strawbery Banke Museum NH Fall Festival
  where we answer questions in the herb garden and help visitors
  make complementary herbal sachets and tussie-mussies.

Disclaimer: It is the policy of the Herb Society of America not to advise or recommend herbs for medicinal or health use. Please consult a health care provider before pursuing any herbal treatments.


Upcoming Events

Tuesday, October 23rd. 2018

Flavors of Cacao: Inspirations for Savoring Modern Chocolate

Join us on Tuesday, October 23rd at 7pm at the Strawbery Banke Museum Visitor’s Center to hear local chocolatier Enna Grazier inspire us with a talk on the world of chocolate. There is a whole world of fine chocolate flavor that most people - even self-appointed chocolate lovers never experience. Chocolate’s flavor depends first on the cacao’s origin, and second on the chocolate-maker’s skill and senses. Bean-to-bar chocolate maker Enna Grazier will take us on a journey into the world of modern-day American craft chocolate. We will learn about flavors associated with different geographic origins of cacao while we discuss current research on genetics, agronomy, and other factors that affect flavor. You’ll never look at chocolate the same way again.

Become a Member

  • Have all of the benefits of being part of a national organization while working locally with other members to promote the knowledge, use and delight of herbs. Membership is open to anyone interested in growing, using or studying herbs. We welcome both experienced and novice gardeners. Meetings are usually held on the last Tuesday evening of the month. For more information, click here to download the membership brochure.

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