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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mother's Day Ends a Week of Celebrating Herbs!

Dear Folks,

This year National Herb Week runs from Monday, May 2nd to Sunday May 8th.

National Herb Week begins the first Monday of May and ends each year on Mother's Day, a fitting and fun combination of celebrating love and the fragrance and helpfulness of herbs.

Pictured is my Arizona Wild Rose.  You did know roses are herbs didn't you!

If you are looking for flowers considering adding some fragrant herbs to the roses and other flowers and create a one of a kind  bouquet for Mom.  She will remember it long after the flowers fade

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As a gardener, cook, writer and lecturer on all things edible, and particularly herbs, I have some ideas for gifts for your Mother, Grandmother or someone has been like a mother to you, which can extend her special day by gifting some useful books or calendar, or take her to a lovely lunch / lecture.

Here are some belated gift ideas are:

My special "Let's Talk Culinary Herbs" lecture at the beautiful Lavender Herb Farm  in Chico on your choice of May 13 (Friday) or May 14 (Saturday).  Read my full blog post on the lecture and how to register ($20 / person).

Perhaps Mom or Grandmom enjoys gardening.

My month-by-month wall calendar helps her know what to plant each month in the Valley, including herbs, vegetables, fruits and edible flowers.

My beginner's guide to gardening more successfully in the desert is a good reference book with gardening tips, month-by-month planting and some recipes to get your started.

If she likes to cook my 101+ Recipes book featuring herbs and spices for flavor FIRST is a favorite of my readers for how prepare meals full of flavor with less salt and fat.

And my newest cookbook is a unique take on a 12 Course Victorian Meal (you don't have to prepare them all at once!) using one or more herbs as the focal point.

You can also find all of these on Amazon

I hope your Mother's Day celebrations, whether your own or shared, are lovely, fun and serene.

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-- Catherine, The Herb Lady

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Monday, April 25, 2016

A very Special Lecture Opportunity -- "Let's Talk Culinary Herbs"

Dear Folks,

I was invited to present a lecture at the Lavender Herb Farm in Chino Valley by Linda, the owner.  This lovely farm is a pleasure to visit and a perfect location for this topic.  Plus I LOVE lavender :-)

I am very pleased to have this opportunity to present an in depth talk on culinary herbs A to Z.  I hope you are able to attend one of the days.

“Let’s Talk Culinary Herbs!”

Presented by Catherine, The Herb Lady
Hosted by Linda of Lavender Herb Farm, Chino Valley, Arizona

This, approximately 2 hour, program is offered on your choice of Friday or Saturday

YOU MUST CALL to register for either day.  Linda is unable to accept any reservation via email.

May 13 or 14, 2016
12:00 p.m.
Lavender Herb Farm,
1907 North James Drive
Chino Valley, AZ 86323*

Enjoy an afternoon of discussion on the fascinating subject of culinary herbs, A to Z with Catherine, The Herb Lady, while enjoying a delicious, herb inspired light lunch.

Using culinary herbs first when seasoning and preparing your foods reduces the need for salts and oils (and we do need some of these), while enhancing the flavor and satisfaction of enjoying your meals.  And they are good for you too!  Many culinary herbs aid digestion and boost your immune system.

Catherine will discuss the role of essential oils in the flavor and fragrance of herbs, growing and methods of preserving them, and most important, the wonderful variety and ways to use them in your cooking.

About Catherine, The Herb Lady

Catherine "The Herb Lady" Crowley, considered an expert in edible landscaping in the desert, writes and teaches how to grow edibles in all their wonderful variety, both usual and unusual, and then, how to cook with them, including low fat, low salt and meatless dishes.

"The Herb Lady" has been gardening for over 3 decades. During the "budding" part of her gardening "trowel & error" she was personally responsible for a lot of "green death," and from those lost friends, she has learned a great deal and developed her personal gardening philosophy – "enlightened neglect."

Catherine has taught classes at various locations private and public including:

– Boyce Thompson Arboretum, lectures, cooking demonstrations and events such as the Annual Herb Festival

– Desert Botanical Garden (the summer and fall of 2006 she was an expert consultant to the installation of the Herb Garden at the DBG)

– Corporation and Companies / Garden Clubs / Municipal Wellness Training / Public Education Events and other events private and public

--Catherine, wrote for the East Valley Tribune as a contributing columnist for over 4 years, on the subject of growing and using edible herbs.

– She was a regular guest on streaming radio with Ed Phillips at The Arizona Almanac.

Catherine blogs and writes an irregular internet newsletter on greening, gardening and cooking in the Valley of the Sun, and also participates in the Mesa Farmers.Market.

***Please call Linda for your reservations @ 928-636-5270.***

*The farm is approximately 2 to 2.5 hours drive from the valley depending on your location.  Chino Valley is north of Prescott and Prescott Valley.

Linda (Owner)
Lavender Herb Farm
1907 North James Drive
Chino Valley, AZ 86323

-- Catherine, The Herb Lady
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