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Herb Harvest Festival

October 5 - 6, 2012
Document: 2012HerbHarvestFallFestivalRegistration.pdf

Ozark Folk Center’s Heritage Herb Garden

Herb Harvest Fall Festival

October 5 and 6, 2012, Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

(Sessions will be held in the White Oak Auditorium.)


Friday, October 5, 2012

9:00-10:00     Weeds in the Herb Garden; Fighting to Win—Tina Marie Wilcox

10:00-10:30                Break: Book Signing in the Administration Lobby and Shopping

10:30-12:00    Renovating the Folk Kids’ Mountain Garden—Herb Society of America’s Ozark Unit

12:00-1:30                  Herbal Noonday Meal in the Skillet’s Private Dining Room

1:00-1:30                    Book Signing in the Administration Lobby and Shopping

1:30-3:00                    Yes You Can! Preserving Today’s Tastes—Pat Crocker

3:00-3:30                    Break: Book Signing in the Administration Lobby and Shopping

3:30-5:00        Fragrance in the Garden— Holly Shimizu Why is smell so underappreciated when it is our most powerful sense? Smell can take us to many places of our childhood, can influence what we eat, and even who we choose to love. This program will focus on many aspects of fragrant plants – the why and types of fragrances and the most essential plants to include in your fragrant garden.


Saturday, October 6, 2012

9:00-10:30     Great Plants and Gardens of North Africa—Holly Shimizu

Surprisingly, some of our favorite garden plants have made their way here from North Africa.  Home to horticultural riches including  boxwood, grapes, almonds, Atlas cedars , butcher’s broom, cardoon  and more, we will explore these outstanding plants, their uses and value, as well as the kinds of gardens where they would be grown in there and in the U.S..

10:30-11:00                Break: Book Signing in the Administration Lobby and Shopping

11:00-12:30                Two Tagines and a Couscousiere—Susan Belsinger & Pat Crocker

These kitchen cohorts will demonstrate the art of preparing traditional Moroccan cuisine using local seasonal ingredients.

12:30-2:00      North African-Style Noonday Meal in the Skillet’s Private Dining Room

1:30-2:00                    Book Signing in the Administration Lobby and Shopping

2:00-3:30        Aromatic Condiments, Herb & Spice Blends of the Souq—Susan Belsinger

3:30-4:30        Moroccan Tea


About Our Speakers



Holly H. Shimizu

Executive Director, U.S. Botanic Garden


Holly H. Shimizu has been the Executive Director of the United States Botanic Garden since 2000.  Under her direction the Botanic Garden, located adjacent to the U.S. Capitol on the National Mall, is experiencing a renaissance with the renovation of the Conservatory, the completion of the National Garden, partnering in the Sustainable Sites Initiative, and continued creation of innovative exhibitions and inspiring gardens.   Holly has worked in gardens in many parts of the world and is often recognized from ten years as a host of the popular Victory Garden television show. She has been actively involved in growing and teaching about herbs since her early years as a gardener in England, as the first Curator of the National Herb Garden, and through her work at the U.S. Botanic Garden. Her husband Osamu is a Garden Designer that she met while working in Europe. They live in Glen Echo, Maryland with their naughty dog and where they enjoy their sanctuary garden near the Potomac River.


Pat Crocker A professional Home Economist (BAA and BEd) and culinary herbalist, Pat is an award-winning author and photographer. From her teaching garden and wild herb walks in the 1990s, to her lectures and food articles on radio, television and in print, Pat knows about food and herbs from the ground up. Her recent books include Preserving, The Canning and Freezing Guide for All Seasons, 150 Best Tagine Recipes and Everyday Flexitarian. Pat’s lifework embraces food, her spirit is entwined with plants and she nourishes audiences with her knowledge and love of both.


Susan Belsinger is a culinary herbalist, educator, food writer, and photographer who is passionate about herbs and her work—sharing the joy of gardening and cooking through teaching and writing—and inspiring others to get in touch with all of their senses, especially smell and taste. She loves coming to the Ozark Folk Center where her creativity is unleashed; she gets to work and play with the garden gals; create menus and recipes, cook and eat for special events; visit with the folks whom she considers good friends; hike in the Ozarks; paddle and cool off in the Buffalo; enjoy the great music, crafts and wildlife; take lots of photos and be inspired by like-minded individuals. She is a firm believer in mixing business with pleasure.


 Tina Marie Wilcox has been the head gardener and herbalist at the Ozark Folk Center's Heritage Herb Garden in Mountain View, Arkansas since 1984. Tina contributes articles for The Herb Companion. She writes a weekly herb and garden column entitled “Yarb Tales” for the Stone County Leader and the Ozark Folk Center’s weekly e-letter. She is a well-seasoned herbal educator, entertainer and co-author of The Creative Herbal Home.


HSA, Ozark Unit: The Herb Society of America is dedicated to promoting the knowledge, use and delight of herbs through educational programs, research, and sharing the experience of its members with the community. The 18 members of the Ozark Unit, headquartered at the Ozark Folk Center, are currently working to renovate the Center’s Folk Kids’ Mountain Garden established in 2006. Presenters Suzanne Runsick, Dot Sanders and Beth Cooper formed the research and design team that developed a plan which not only educates but provides interactive interpretation via the imagination and wonder of childhood. The Ozark Unit also works annually with the OFC to create a competitive display for the Arkansas Flower and Garden Show in Little Rock. In addition to Ozark Folk Center State Park activities, the unit maintains a historical herb garden at the Calico Rock Museum in Izard County where they host quarterly interpretative events.


Click Below for Registration Form

Special Announcement!

The Cabins at Dry Creek, right here at the Ozark Folk Center State Park, is offering the special rate of only $65 per night (plus tax) on Thursday, October 4th for the Sumptuous Herb Harvest Supper and Friday and Saturday, October 5 & 6th for the Herb Harvest Fall Festival

If you have not already registered for the event, print out the registration and mail it in or call 870-269-3851 with credit card. The Sumptuous Herb Harvest Supper is almost full—Tarry not.

Then, call the Cabins at Dry Creek Reservation Desk at 800-264-3655 and request the Herb Harvest Fall Festival room rate.