Wicked Weeds

May 23rd



Not all plants are benign – from wolfsbane to hemlock, some herbs can be deadly and are associated with spells, incantations and the black arts. Other plants have developed methods of protection, from spines to skin irritants. Join us as Karen O’Brien, from Green Woman’s Garden, explores wicked weeds and discusses their historic uses for both good and evil. She will also delve into those pernicious plants that bedevil the gardener, such as bindweed, tickseed, and other obnoxious weeds.

Karen O'Brien is the Botany and Horticulture Chair of The Herb Society of America, is Past Chair of The New England Unit of The Herb Society, and is Secretary of the International Herb Association. She is the editor and contributing author to several Herb of the Year™ books, including Capsicum, Savory, Artemisia, and Elderberry, produced by the IHA. Her herbal business “The Green Woman's Garden” www.greenwomansgarden.com is located in the central Massachusetts town of Mendon. She has unusual herb plants, including medicinals and native herbs, for sale, runs workshops on various herbal adventures, and occasionally participates at farmers markets and fairs. This program takes place at 7pm at Strawbery Banke Museum’s Visitor Center (14 Hancock Street, Portsmouth, NH). Admission is $9 ($7 for Strawbery Banke Museum and Herb Society members). Pre-registration is required. To register, contact Rie Sluder at 603-642-7034 or nesunit@gmail.com.

Upcoming Events

  • Sunday, Nov. 19, 10- 3pm: Greenland Women's Club Annual Craft Fair & Pie Festival
    Come to the fair and make sure to visit our booth to find unusual herbal crafts and other herbal products that would make perfect gifts for the holiday season. The fair will be held at Greenland School, 70 Post Road, Greenland, NH.

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