There’s no time like fall in Ohio to celebrate the harvest season! As Ohio’s Herb Capital, Gahanna offers a multitude of Herbal Trail experiences that celebrate all-things-herbal with options ranging from garden tours and culinary celebrations to hands-on workshops.
The crown gem in Gahanna’s Herb Capital crown is the Ohio Herb Education Center. The Center is located at 110 Mill Street, in the Nafzger-Miller House—listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Center includes a great gift shop, parlor and kitchen and is used for classes, parties, meetings and rentals.
But perhaps the Center’s best asset is its knowledgeable staff. Want to learn about planting or harvesting herbs and plants? Just ask. Need inspiration for some cool DIY garden-inspired holiday gifts? They got this.
This fall, the Ohio Herb Education Center Staff has a stellar line-up of classes that are open to the public. Registration is required (and limited) and fees apply for most classes. Below is a sampling of some of the upcoming classes being offered. Call 614/342-4380 to learn more.
Drying Days at the Herb Center. Harvest and prepare herbs for drying, guided by Herb Center staff. When to harvest, what to harvest, and proper harvesting techniques will be demonstrated as herbs are processed. This is a hands on experience that takes place largely in the on-site drying shed. (Free) 10 am – 12 pm. Tuesday, Sept. 15/ Friday, Sept. 25
The Symbolic Language of Flowers. Historically flowers have special meanings, and have traditionally been used to send secret messages. For instance, sending someone violets meant that you were faithful to them. Decipher “the Language of Flowers,” and create a uniquely handcrafted keepsake that has a special meaning to share with a friend or loved one. 1-2 pm Saturday, Sept. 19. $35
The Fruits of Autumn: Preserving a Bountiful Harvest. Preserving is a great way to capture autumn’s bountiful herbal harvest. Many fall fruits are rich in vitamins, which help strengthen our immunity going into colder weather. Tart characteristics in fruit pair perfectly with sweet flavors in preserves, jams and jellies. Along with nutritional benefits, special focus will be placed on traditional and native fruits such as rose hips, hawthorn berries, elderberries, raspberry leaves and juniper berries. Learn how to make a simple preserve, and leave with the knowledge of how to preserve and share your own harvest. 1-2 pm Saturday, Sept. 26. $25
Luscious Lip Balms & Luxurious Lotions. In this 2-week course, learn how to make your own lip balms, bath bombs, and body lotion with natural ingredients that can easily be located at your local grocery store. Each week covers one body care item that highlights the importance of each ingredient. Participants receive supplies for class use and instruction on how to create your own body care products to enjoy at home. Take home sample sizes of what you made, along with references for additional all natural skincare recipes. Cost includes the full series. Classes may not be purchased individually. Space is limited. 6:30-7:30 pm Tuesdays, Oct. 20 + 27. $50
Cooking with Herbs and Mushrooms. It’s mushroom season! Too often relegated to garnish, mushrooms can be the centerpiece for a meal, as well as a complement to either vegetarian or meat dishes. Become acquainted with a number of mushroom varieties available and differences in taste and seasonality. Explore various methods of preparation, as well as well-known and not-so-well-known herbal seasoning partners. Recipes provided. 1-2 pm Saturday, Oct. 24. $35
Discover the full listing of upcoming classes offered at the Ohio Herb Education Center.