Gold Country Herb Society

of El Dorado County      

April Message from the President

Our April meeting at our new location, Veterans Memorial Building, was great, plenty of room, lots of parking space, easy to find, everyone can hear. We had 29 members and guests present at the meeting. 


We learned of the history of tea, as it is used for a lot of bases for herbal infusions and the #1 preferred drink in the world. Hence the history of this nation and it’s taxation of the import of tea, The Boston Tea Party. How history does repeat itself.


The Boston Cream Pie was enjoyed by everyone who tried it. 


Oh, good grief, I just need to share this with you:

I’m a little tea pot

Short and stout

Here is my handle

Here is my spout

When I get all steamed up hear me shout

Just tip me over and pour me out.


I just had to do it; it was not fair it was stuck in my head and not yours, too. Now how many of you read the words and started to sing them towards the end of it?

We also heard from Jane about some of the history of colonial times and herbs and Sandy Euyen had an extensive list of herbs from colonial times. All of this will be an attachment to the newsletter. Well, maybe not Jane’s as hers was read straight from a book.


Thank you to Donna for going over our member presenter guide lines and simplifying them. Attached along with this newsletter will be the current guide lines. Thank you to all that contributed. This will also be on our website so that when you have a topic to present, you can refer to the website. We love creativity and this allows for anyone to be creative when giving a talk as well as having fun with it.


We will be meeting in May at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, by our “adopt a spot” herb garden to prepare the space for the Fair contest, in June. Please bring any herb plants for the garden and if you have any herbs that would look good flowing out of our wonderful wheel barrow, artfully made by member Martha Fletcher. 


They can be in pots, borrowed for the contest, draping/flowing over the side of the wheel barrow, as well as filling it up and we could put moss in between the pots. etc. We still need round river rocks to outline the walk way, Betty has extra, we just need a truck for transport.


We do need an outline and ideas to share with the Board of the Vet Memorial Building, a plan on paper will do. Any artists it doesn’t have to be elaborate?


Also, this is our plant exchange, if you can, bring some to exchange with other members. Our talk this meeting will be on Cilantro, Michelle Harris will enlighten us about this herb. Chips and salsa anyone, ole.


Oh, and it’s almost Cinco de Mayo, too.


If you have any extra tea bags you would like to donate for the meeting it would be appreciated. We prefer single sealed packets, Leaded or unleaded, Black, green, herbal or anything in between.


See you in May.

--Debbie Winterson


2019 Meeting Calendar

May 3, 2019

Topic: Cilantro/Plant Exchange/Adopt A Spot

Organizer: Michelle Harris

Location: El Dorado County Fair Grounds

                100 Placerville Dr, Placerville, 95667

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm


June 7, 2019
Topic: Field Trip to EverGreen Herb Gardens with
           Candis Cantin
Location: Swansboro Rd, Placerville, 95667
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Bring your own lunch
$5.00 for members, $10.00 for guests

July 12, 2019
Topic: Anise/Hyssop – Herb of the Year
Organizer: Betty Albert
Location: Placerville
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm

August 2, 2019

Topic: Basil

Organizer: TBD

Location: Veterans Memorial Building

                130 Placerville Dr, Placerville, 95667

                Park in lower parking lot behind the building

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm


September 6, 2019

Topic: TBD

Speaker: Shilo Nielsen from Front Yard Nursery

Location: Veterans Memorial Building

                130 Placerville Dr, Placerville, 95667

                Park in lower parking lot behind the building

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm