Edgewood Communities Presents Spice Up Your Life With Herb Gardening

Do you want to create flavorful dishes like the chefs at fancy restaurants? Do you love the smell of fresh herbs but aren’t sure how to use them? Are you interested in gardening, but just don’t know where to start?

Edgewood Communities on the Lutheran Campus in Jamestown is hosting another seminar in its Best of Times Series. Betsy Burgeson, Master Gardener Program Coordinator for Chautauqua County, along with Sharon Reed, Master Gardener Volunteer and Master Food Preserver will present “Herb Gardening, Spice up Your Life.” This lively and engaging seminar will be held on Thursday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m. in Christ Chapel located on the Lutheran Campus. The program is free. Reservations can be made by calling Patty Eckwahl at 720-9122 or by going online at www.lutheran-jamestown.org.

Burgeson will share the basics of starting an herb garden, beginning with defining an herb and its many uses. She will give tips on how to plant your own herb garden as well as how and when to harvest the herbs. Along with Burgeson, Reed will talk about the preserving and drying techniques of herbs. She will conclude the program with some great recipes that you can use for the herbs you grow. There will be a taste testing with herb infused oils, butters, and vinegars.

“Herbs are the soul of flavor,” Burgeson said.

The seminar will highlight the many benefits of starting your own herb garden. Saving money is among one of those benefits. Growing at home is cheaper than buying at the grocery store. Having your own herb garden gives you control of the growing process and allows you to know exactly what goes into your food. Herbs are a popular form of aromatherapy and provide a natural way to relax and de-stress. Herb gardening can also give your home’s landscape real curb appeal, since many herbs are as aesthetic as shrubs and flowers.

Burgeson holds a B.S. in Earth Science and Biology Education from SUNY Fredonia. She taught high school biology at Panama Central School from 2000-2007. She was hired in 2008 as Chautauqua County’s first Watershed Steward, where she incorporated her love of gardening with educating the public on the importance of water quality. She was instrumental in restarting the Master Gardener Program in Chautauqua County after a 20-year hiatus and has been the Program Coordinator since 2010. Currently there are over 60 active volunteers.

The mission of the Chautauqua County Master Gardener Program is to educate and serve the community, utilizing university and research-based horticultural information. Volunteers are members of the community who have successfully completed 50-plus hours of Cornell-approved training and volunteer a minimum of 50 hours per year.

The Best of Times Seminar Series is sponsored by Edgewood Communities at Lutheran and is focused on providing information and support to help people plan well so they can age well. Edgewood Communities is located on the Lutheran Campus off Falconer Street in Jamestown. Units include one and two bedroom apartments, duplex homes, and the new Smartment Building. For more information about the seminar or Lutheran Housing, call 720-9122 or log onto www.lutheran-jamestown.org/senior-housing.