Celebration of herbs at Old Economy on Saturday 10/27/12

Written by Doug Oster on .

The gardens at Old Economy Village are amazing. Their annual herb workshop offers lots of great information. Photo by Doug Oster

Old Economy Village is one of my favorite places and their yearly herb workshops are filled with information from the experts. Here are the details of this year's event. Check out the video at the end of this post for more about the gardens of Old Economy Village. Pat Leiphart, who is one of the instructors at this year's event is featured in the video.

Herbes de Pittsburgh XI - Herbal Harvest

at Old Economy Village

270 Sixteenth Street

Ambridge, PA

Saturday, October 27th from 1 – 4 p.m.

Come celebrate the end of the garden season and the Herbal Harvest with the
Western Pennsylvania Unit, The Herb Society of America.

Learn tried and true methods as Unit members Ruth Rouleau and Patricia Leiphart
discuss techniques for harvesting, preserving and winterizing your herbs. Attendees
may then choose from one of two workshops where they will use herbs and spices
creatively in cookery and craft projects that will surely delight the senses.

The herbal craft workshop features Andrea Jackson and Peggy Trevanion as they share
their knowledge of simple, but effective uses for herbs in the home. Participants will
blend their own Lemon Rose Bath Vinegar and Moth Chaser Potpourri Sachets.

If cooking is your interest, Betsy Hollweck and Nancy Hanst have brewed some good
ideas for aromatic tea rubs to use on meats, vegetables and tofu. Tidbits of these three
foods will be tasted. And participants will get hands-in experience mixing one of the

Get a head start on your holiday season shopping at the Unit’s Herbal Market where
the Rose (2012 Herb of the Year) will be featured in many of the handcrafted items,
ornaments, dried herbs, potpourris and much more. There will also be an array of
delectable herbal baked goods as well as a used book table featuring gardening and

Admission is $20.

Choose one of two workshops - Herbal Crafts: Lemon Rose Bath Vinegar and Moth
Chaser Potpourri presented by Andrea Jackson and Peggy Trevanion or Aromatic Tea
Rubs presented by Nancy Hanst and Betsy Hollweck.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required to select the workshop you wish to
attend. Reservations are recommended no later than October 26th, 2012.

Checks made out to Western PA Unit, HSA may be sent to Margaret Campbell, 1999
Powell Road, Cranberry Township, PA 16066

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Proceeds from this event will help support Unit educational programs and the herb
gardens members maintain at Mellon Park in Shadyside (PA) and at Old Economy
Village, in Ambridge (PA).

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. Committed to protecting our global environment for the
health and well-being of humankind and all growing things, The Society encourages
gardeners to practice environmentally sound horticulture and does not advise,
recommend or prescribe herbs for medicinal use.


In addition to being members of the Western Pennsylvania Unit, The Herb Society of
America presenters for Herbes de Pittsburgh XI have a vast collective knowledge of all
things herbs.

Ruth Rouleau caught the love of plants from her mother. She has been President of
Edgewood Garden Club, became a Master Gardener and taught the Master Gardening
Course on herbs for 19 years. She credits her love of herbs with being a member of the
Western Pennsylvania Unit of The Herb Society of America since 1975. Working in the
Unit's Elizabethan Garden in Mellon Park since 1975 with other members has taught

her a great deal about growing, harvesting, and using herbs. Ruth served as Unit
Chair for five years. She has enjoyed opportunities for research at the Hunt Institute for
Botanical Documentation. In 2008 Ruth was honored to receive the Helen de Conway
Little Medal of Honor awarded by The Herb Society of America.

Patricia Leiphart has been the museum educator at Old Economy Village until retiring
in 2003. A Penn State Master Gardener, Patricia is currently the coordinator for master
gardener volunteers at Old Economy Village. The Western PA unit of The Herb Society
of America has a Medicinal & Dye Garden at Old Economy Village, and Patricia has
been in charge of it for about 10 years. In the herb garden you will find the medicinal
and dye plants that the Harmony Society would have used when they lived at Economy
(1824-1903). She has been a Western PA unit member of the Herb Society of America
since 1995

Nancy Hanst is more cook than gardener, but she loves herbs in both roles. She’s just
finishing the fourth year as an instructor in Slow Food Pittsburgh’s “Of Course U Can”
series of lessons/workshops .And she freelances as a writer for Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
and TABLE magazine.

Betsy Hollweck has been working with and selling herbs and spices since 1991. From
2003-2009 she operated a tea store, Marktfrau, in Wexford, where she sold over 140
different loose teas, and a variety of teabags. She spends her time now wholesaling
teas, as well as delivering to private customers, and working with Slow Food Pittsburgh.
She has been a member of the Western Pa Unit of the Herb Society of America since

Andrea Jackson is a Master Gardener and nurse and frequently lectures on herbal
topics to garden clubs and professional organizations. In addition to being a Western
PA Unit member, she is also a member of the Piccadilly Herb club and the American
Herbalists Guild.

Peggy Trevanion is a Penn State Master Gardener and retired medical librarian who
believes in using what we grow in our gardens. For the past 30 years she has been
growing and preserving the harvest of her garden on the edge of North Park – this
includes culinary pesto, vinegars, jellies and fragrant potpourris, wreaths, ornaments.
She also assists in the design and maintenance of herb gardens in Mellon Park, North
Park, and UPMC Passavant. Peggy currently serves as the Chair of the Western Pa
Unit HSA and has been a member since 2004.


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