Garden Club Speaker to Demonstrate Growing and Use of Herbs on April 9

Karen O’Brien will be the Bedford Garden Club’s guest speaker at a program called “Herbs Beyond the Basics: 10 Herbs Everyone Should Know and Grow” on Tuesday, April 9. Courtesy photo

Submitted by the Bedford Garden Club

“Herbs Beyond the Basics: 10 Herbs Everyone Should Know and Grow” is the topic of the Bedford Garden Club’s program on Tuesday, April 9, which is free and open to the public.  

The talk will be held in Fellowship Hall at the First Church of Christ, Congregational in Bedford (25 The Great Road). A social period with refreshments will begin at 9:30 a.m. After a short business meeting starting at 10 a.m., guest speaker Karen O’Brien will be introduced for her presentation.

Gardeners and cooks alike know that basic herbs, such as parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme, can be found in many gardens or on kitchen window sills, and are used frequently in all sorts of recipes, not only for consumption. But Karen O’Brien of Green Woman’s Garden will go beyond the basics to explore 10 lesser-known herbs that should be included to make a great herb garden.  Culinary, fragrant, and ornamental, these herbs will add a new dimension to the garden and kitchen. 

Samples will be offered showing a variety of ways that fresh herbs can be used (cooking, home-made decorations, in the landscape, for fragrance, etc.).   

O’Brien’s business, the Green Woman’s Garden in Richmond, NH, sells herbs and native plants, and she conducts workshops using herbs and flowers in cooking, decorating, and in the landscape. Among the products she makes using these natural materials are liqueurs and green cleaning products.  

She has been a gardener for more than 40 years and is certified as a Master Gardener. She also is actively involved with The Herb Society of America and the International Herb Association, serving on their boards.

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