Gold Country Herb Society

of El Dorado County      

January Message from the President

 January 4th meeting topic was Maca, the talk was given by Debbie and Lisa. Not too much to say about it. Or should I say, not too much information on the internet about its benefits. We can’t grow it because it’s preferred growing space and place is at 10,000 to 12,000 foot elevation in Peru. I would say, do your own investigation into taking this root/herb. There are contraindications, so read the talk again.


We talked about upcoming places that we may visit, these may be on “the in between” the meetings. For instance, The Herb Society of America meets on the 2nd Sunday of the month at 1:30 at Rodgers Ranch in Pleasant Hill, Ca. I have checked their website out and they have interesting topics for the coming months, which I will go over at the meeting. Car pool anyone?  Then there is Morningsun Herb Farm in Vacaville. Always a favorite.

So many places, if you know of a place that may be of interest, please let me know. We are in contact with Candis Cantin to see when we can go up to her beautiful garden perhaps in June.

We heard from Nan Franz, who got a letter from Virginia Faegan, she wanted to come to the Christmas Party, but her daughter/driver was busy and couldn’t bring her. She is the person that started the Herb Society and loves that we are still going strong.


Carolyn Fallis, sent a note out; Thanking all the Gold Country Herb Society members for the gift certificate to Front Yard Nursery, one of her favorite places.


On February 1, Nan will be giving a talk on – The History of Chocolate/Medicinal Roses.  We will be meeting at: Cielo Estate Winery, 3040 Ponderosa Rd. Shingle Springs, 10:00 a.m. to noon.

This will be our seed exchange as well.  People should bring seeds they’ve gathered in their own garden (or even someone else’s) and leftovers from purchased seeds.  Don’t forget to bring empty envelopes to put the seeds in that you exchange with other members.


March 1 – Elderberry by Carmel Ashwill and we’ll be at Cielo Estate Winery.


April 5 – Boston Tea Party as a theme – interested in pitching in?  Let me know.  Location – TBD


We’d like to welcome three new members to the group.  Lisa Taylor, Martha Fletcher and Susan O’Reilly.


The theme of this year’s Fair is, Wheelbarrows of Fun. Bring your ideas for the garden spot at the Fair Grounds.


I would like you to know about the FREE home composting bins available to you.  One lucky person will have a chance to win one in the raffle drawing, or simply call the Environmental Management Dept. at 530-621-5300, located at 2850 Fairlane Court, Building "C" Placerville, CA. 95667.  You need to make an appointment and sign a pledge.  For more info on composting please go to

We will have a 15 minute talk about the bins and composting at our February meeting, by Timothy Engle from the County of El Dorado, Environmental Management Division.


Yes, we will be continuing the raffle/drawing at the end of the meeting. Cheryl will be in charge

of donations.

 --Debbie Winterson

2019 Meeting Calendar

February 1, 2019

Topic: History of Chocolate/Medicinal Roses

Organizer: Nan Franz

Location: Cielo Estate Winery

                3040 Ponderosa RD., Shingle Springs, 95682

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm

March 1, 2019

Topic: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme

Organizer: Carmel Ashwill

Location: Cielo Estate Winery

                3040 Ponderosa RD., Shingle Springs, 95682

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm

April 5, 2019

Topic: Speaker

Organizer: TBD

Location: TBD

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm

May 3, 2019

Topic: Cilantro/Plant Exchange

Organizer: Cheryl McElhinney

Location: El Dorado Hills Library

                7455 Silva Valley Pkwy, El Dorado Hills

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm

June 7, 2019
Topic: Field Trip
Organizer: TBD
Location: Amador Flower Farm
                22001 Shenandoah School Rd, Plymouth
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm

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