Gold Country Herb Society

of El Dorado County      

 July Message from the President

Our July meeting, held at the El Dorado Hills Library, was our wonderful annual tea party.  Patty Roemer was the tea party coordinator and Michele Harris was the presenter of our study on the herb Hibiscus


All members in attendance had a great time learning about the benefits of this herb.  Michele gave us the history of hibiscus (which is also known as karkade, red tea, red sorrel, rosella, soborodo (Zobo drink), Karkadi, roselle, and sour tea.)  As we drank our hibiscus tea, she explained the many benefits of this herb for hypertension, an anti-inflammatory, a potential chemopreventative agent, a mild laxative, and respiratory and sedative effects.  And, of course the tea was delicious.


Patty led us in many tea party games: How many tea bags in the Mason jar, Have You Ever…(an ice breaker game) and How Many Words Can You Make from “Hibiscus Tea”. 

It was a very enjoyable meeting with good tea, treats, games, and herbal education.  Thank you Michele and Patty for organizing this event.


At the meeting, we thanked Carri Lueck for all her work as chairperson of the 2018 herb garden at the county fair.  We won second prize ($75.00) for large gardens and an award for “The Best Year Round Garden.”  This was fantastic!


Jane Reed has volunteered to take charge as chairperson for the 2019 year.  Of course, we’ll all be there to help her.


Donna Foss said she is now accepting donations for the Ag in the Classroom event coming up on August 11, 2018.   This group is a local, grass roots 

charitable non-profit that provides agriculture-related education programs, resources, and training opportunities.  Donna always prepares a basket of goodies on behalf of the Gold Country Herb Society.  If you have any items to donate, please let her know.  You could bring them to our next meeting on August 3, 2018.


Yes, Jane Reed is still accepting dues for the 2018/2019 year.  You can give your dues money to her at the next meeting.


Our next meeting, Friday, August 3, 2018 will be held at the Bumgarner Winery, 3550 Carson Rd., Camino—10:00 am till 12:00 pm.  Nan Franz will be leading us in the study of Hops—the Herb of the Year.  Non-alcoholic limeade and alcoholic hops infused hard apple cider (both cold) will be served This sounds wonderful!  Hope to see you all there.

 - Carolyn Fallis

2018 Meeting Calendar

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: Rescue Fire Department

                5221 Deer Valley Rd, Rescue

Time: TBD