Herb Festivals: A True Community Event

| 6/16/2009 10:43:01 AM


How can an herb festival in a town of 26,000 draw a crowd that’s well over 20,000 strong? To know the answer to that question, you’ll have to contact Mary Anne Potter, founder of the event that has been growing since 1993.

The festival is held the first Saturday of June, and is hosted by the Sage, Rosemary and Thyme Garden Club. I was fortunate enough to be in Ponca City, Oklahoma, (about four hours to the south of our offices here in Topeka, Kansas) for the weekend and was happy to visit the festival and meet Mary Anne.

Mary Anne
Photo of Mary Anne

The event is held on the grounds of the Cann Memorial Botanical Gardens, a 10-acre historical botanical garden located in Ponca City and donated by Elsie Cann Brown, in honor of her mother, Mary Cann, who loved gardening. I couldn’t help but think, as I walked through the truly lovely, peaceful gardens, that a daughter couldn’t pay a better homage to her mother than this.

Ponca City
Photo by Adam Gault, Oklahoma Today Magazine