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76th Annual Educational Conference of the Herb Society of America

6/15/2009 11:13:10 AM

Tags: HSA, Herb Society of America, Herb Conference, My Garden, Travel

P.Crocker

Culinary herbalist, cookbook author, writer and food photographer, Pat Crocker is passionate about food and herbs. Visit her at www.riversongherbals.com.

How should I communicate the joy, peace, friendship, grace and love I experienced at the recent Herb Society of America Educational Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan?

With few words and many pictures.

The annual event represents for me, an opportunity to spend time in beautiful gardens with some of the country's most experienced gardeners, chefs, artists, writers and botonists. At the two-day conference we learn from each other, from intensive seminars, from workshops and from touring gardens.

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This year, we visited some public and private gardens in beautiful Michigan. As always we were greeted with warmth and enthusiasm.

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On both the pre- and post-conference garden tours, there were both quiet and secret places for humans

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…and birds.

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There were serious teaching gardens..

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…and there were places of pure whimsey.

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We saw cottage gardens...

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…Asian-inspired gardens...

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…and the 4-H Children's Garden at MSU.

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We ate..

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…and we drank.

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And as always, the herbs were in focus.

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