Susan Betz is pleased to present these topics to garden groups and audiences in 2019.

To learn more & reserve your time, please contact Susan.

2019 Herb Program Topics

People, Plants  & Pollinators: The Herbal Connection

As gardeners, we are often reminded of the vital role that pollinators and beneficial insects play in our landscapes and food supply. There is a lot of information about pollinator-friendly flowers, but what about herbs? Herbs are super multi-tasking plants in and out of the garden. They have something of value to offer people and pollinators alike. Their flowers and fragrant foliage attract and support a diverse variety of wildlife species including native bees, honey bees, butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds.

Incorporating herbs into your yard and garden will rapidly increase bio-diversity and ecological function, giving extra value to your natural spaces. Discover the herbs to grow to support and nourish your family and the pollinators and other beneficial creatures in your backyard and beyond.

Neighboring With Nature: Native Herbs for Purpose and Pleasure

Let nature be your guide! We can all make a difference by changing the way we approach garden design, planting, and maintenance. The amazing diversity of native herbs can offer something of value to satisfy the mind, body, and spirit of every type of person.

In this presentation, Susan will discuss which native herbs can be easily integrated into an existing garden or landscape. How to utilize them for flavor, fragrance and other handy household uses . She will cover basic permaculture concepts and design strategies from nature for problem solving and building healthy sustainable outdoor spaces.

Herbs: Pretty and Practical Players in the Home Garden and Landscape

Herbs are pleasing and pleasant plants that readily adjust to home gardens and foundation plantings.Their flowers, foliage, fragrance, and shapes can add interest and beauty to both formal and informal gardens. Whether your pastime is growing vegetable gardens, practicing the culinary arts, experimenting with aromatherapy, or beautifying your floral gardens, herbs can play a functional, eco-friendly role in your garden. Learn about propagating, growing and harvesting herbs for your personal pleasure and use.

Thymely Tips & Sage Advice

Parsley ,basil, sage rosemary and thyme and lots of other herbs as well! Drying and preserving your herbal harvest for health, wellness ,culinary and aromatherapy. Topics include; blending herb seasonings, vinegars, drinks, fragrant potpourris, mixed with a good measure of green household hints. Samples and recipe handouts are included in this presentation.

Growing Herbs in Containers

Many people have limited room in which to create and enjoy a garden. For them containers are the ideal choice. Pots, tubs, window boxes, troughs and baskets all offer a variety of creative planting opportunities. Learn the tips and tricks on how to successfully grow herbs for use and delight in containers. Plant combinations, container styles and materials, potting mixes, fertilization, and watering requirements will be covered in this presentation.

 

Magical Moons & Seasonal Cycles: Stepping Into the Circle of the Seasons

Phenology is the study of the timing of natural periodic events in the plant and animal world influenced by the local environment, especially weather, temperature, seasonal cycles and climate. Plant and animal life cycles are predictors of reoccurring events in nature, examples include the first dates of budding and blooming flowers, insects hatching, bird migration and fall color. In pre-colonial America, the cycles of nature directed the American Indians’ daily tasks, economy and celebrations, Understanding “nature’s calendar” helped ensure their survival and kept them in harmony with the natural world. Phenology was not only a well-honed tool, it was plain common sense.Passing seasons were measured by the monthly phases of the moon and assigned descriptive names to each full moon, alluding to notable recurring natural events taking place during that month. Drawing from her own decades of gardening experience and nature study Susan will share tips on how to use “nature’s calendar” to help you know when to plant and perform seasonal garden task and preventive measures to control unwanted weeds and emerging insects.

Susan would love to speak with your group! Email her at michiganherbs007@me.com to get started!