Gold Country Herb Society

of El Dorado County      

 May Message from the President

Hello to All GCHS members!


The May meeting brought us to our River Walk along the American River in Coloma.  We had a good number of members gathered for our field trip to learn about the herbs in the area. Candis Cantin was our guide for the day.  She did a wonderful job of leading us through the fields pointing out the many plants and herbs growing along the way.  (We also had wonderful weather.)  Candis gave us a printout listing many of the herbs we found with descriptions and uses.  It’s amazing that we can find all these herbs growing wild right under our feet in open fields. 


Thank you Candis for being our guide and sharing your knowledge.


Following our walk, some of us who brought picnic lunches shared treats and continued enjoying the day.   Then, one of the California State Park Rangers offered to take our group on a tour of an Early California exhibit that will be opening for all this coming summer.  It was an unexpected addition to our field trip.  All in all, we had a great field trip and our weather cooperated.


Our next meeting, Friday, June 1, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, brings us to our herb garden at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds.  This meeting has many features.  We’ll be adding all the finishing touches in our garden before the judging takes place during the fair (and removing any weeds that dared to grow in the garden!).  You should bring gardening gloves.  Of course, we are hoping to win cash prizes for our garden. 


Then, Nan Franz will lead us in a presentation on the herb “Poppy”.  (Yes, we have a few poppies planted in our garden and we asked them to bloom during the judging.)


Also, we will be holding our plant exchange.  So, bring any plants you want to share and find good homes for them.  Please label the plants you bring.  We don’t need surprises in our yards.  You can also bring any garden books, pots, and gardening items you want to pass on to others. 


Jane Reed,  our Treasurer, will be starting our collection for the 2018/2019 dues—still only $20.00.  What a deal!


I’ll hand out a Member Questionnaire asking for ideas and request for upcoming 2019 year.  Give us your ideas and requests so we can plan ahead.


Then we’ll finish with snacks of course.  Come and join in the fun.  You can see we will have a full meeting.


On July 6, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, we will be holding our Annual Tea Party.  Patty Roemer and Michele Harris will lead us in the presentation of the herb Hibiscus as we enjoy our teas and the many games and treats planned for the meeting.  This is always a fun day.  Don’t miss it.


We’ve updated our calendar.  Check it out.

See you all at our next meeting June 1 at the Fairgrounds.

 - Carolyn Fallis

2018 Meeting Calendar

June 1, 2018

Topic:  Plant Exchange / Poppy & Rue

Organizer: Nan Franz

Location: El Dorado County Fairgrounds

               100 Placerville Dr, Placerville

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm


July 6, 2018

Topic:  Annual Tea Party / Hibiscus

Organizer: Patty Roemer / Michele Harris

Location: El Dorado Hills Library

               7455 Silva Valley Pkwy, El Dorado Hills

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm


August 3, 2018

Topic:  Hops

Organizer: Nan Franz

Location: Bungardener Winery

                3550 Carson Rd, Camino

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm


September 7, 2018

Topic:  Chaste Tree

Organizer: Donna Foss

Location: Boa Vista Orchards

                2952 Carson Rd, Placerville

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm


October 5, 2018

Topic:  Herbal Gifts

Organizer: Joanne Gamette

Location: El Dorado Hills Library

               7455 Silva Valley Pkwy, El Dorado Hills

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm


November 2, 2018

Topic:  Cinnamon

Organizer: Carmel Ashwell

Location: Boa Vista Orchards

                2952 Carson Rd, Placerville

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm


December 7, 2018

Topic:  Annual Christmas Buffet

Organizer: TBD

Location: TBD

Time: TBD