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General Meetings & Special Events Schedule

General Meetings of the Herb Society of Manitoba are usually held at the Assiniboine Park Conservatory located at 15 Conservatory Drive in Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and are generally held on the third Monday of each month except July, August and December. There is the odd exception to the third Monday rule and the location so check the schedule below. Information is added regularly, so check back often.

Meetings generally begin with a brief presentation of Herb Society business, then there is a short break. The Hospitality Committee provides herbal goodies for everyone to try during the break. Right after the break, the speaker begins their presentation. Sometimes the order is reversed depending on the speaker and topic. Upcoming speakers are listed below.  Clicking on "MORE INFO" will bring up a flyer (if one is available) for the meeting.

If you have questions, or you want to volunteer at meetings or events, please feel free to contact us at: herbs@herbsocietymb.com.

Notice to our Guests
The Herb Society of Manitoba charges guests $5.00 to attend presentations given at General Meetings. Our annual HerbFest event is free to all! Our AGM and our Christmas Party/Holiday Potluck is open to members only. We thank you in advance for your interest in our programming and look forward to seeing you!

Mission Statement
The Herb Society of Manitoba is dedicated to promoting knowledge, use and enjoyment of herbs through education, programs, research and sharing the experience of its members with the community.

MONDAY, May 15, 2017


The Many Yields of the Urban Landscape



Natalie Elizabeth, Urban Eatin'





Join Natalie Elizabeth of Urban Eatin' for a new twist on the home garden. Drawing primarily from her experience in garden design, homestead living, herbalism and traditional food preservation, Natalie will present gardens that incorporate both form and multiple functions. Come take a walk through the garden seasons and explore the vast potential of urban spaces from habitat to harvest.

Natalie hails from a family farm in southern Manitoba where she could often be found crouched in the dirt, overturning rocks. Throughout the years she has bounced back and forth between remote locations and densely populated urban areas building green spaces for plants and people. Some of her favourite things to share and learn are: traditional food processing skills such as fermentation, soil microbiology, seed saving, herbal medicine, and the cultural history of farming around the world.

To assist in our ongoing effort to be environmentally friendly,
please try to remember to bring your own mug for your herbal tea.
May's herb of the month is Ginger.

Doors open 6:30 pm | Meeting 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm | Doors close 9:00 pm

Yearly Membership: Individual $25; Family: $30; Corporate $100
Admission:  Members - FREE; Non-member - $5

Upcoming Meeting Dates

MONDAY, June 19, 2017
June's herb of the month is Garlic.
Annual General Meeting & Potluck Dinner (Members Only).

Previous General Meetings and Special Events - 2015/16

MONDAY, September 21, 2015


Using crystals and quartz in and around plants, plus
how to attract birds during the winter



Sherrie Versluis, The Preferred Perch Wild Bird Specialty & Gift Store



Sherrie will bring a selection of bird feeders and foods to show us how to attract the best wild birds of the season. She will also bring a selection of rocks and crystals and will show us how using these with our plants can keep them healthy and more productive.

September's herb of the month is LEMON BALM.

MONDAY, October, 19, 2015


The Health Benefits of Oils and Vinegars



Bev Penner, Prairie Oils and Vinegars





Owner Bev Penner and her husband were on a culinary tour in Portland, OR, where they discovered an oil and vinegar tasting room. They fell in love with the freshness of the extra virgin olive oil and the wonderful flavours of the aged balsamic condimento as well as the tasting experience. From this holiday the idea to open their own tasting room evolved.

"Our goal at Prairie Oils & Vinegars is to educate each customer by allowing them to experience what high quality olive oil should taste like. But, we also educate the customer on Why it tastes better! We’re not just a retail store, we’re an experience!"

Bev will be bringing samples of her oils and vinegars to the meeting for tasting and purchasing. Bev can suggest wonderful pairings, which would make a great Christmas presents or Host/Hostess gifts for the upcoming holiday season.

October's herb of the month is CALENDULA.

MONDAY, November 16, 2015




This annual Christmas party is a favourite with our members.

DATE: Monday, November 16, 2015  
TIME: 6 :00 pm          Doors Open
7:00 - 7:30 pm  Potluck and Socializing
7:30 - 8:15 pm  Workshop
8:30 - 9:00 pm  Clean-Up
PLACE: Assiniboine Park Conservatory, Winnipeg, MB  
Attention Herb Society Members...
- Bring a Herbal Goodie to share with your fellow Herb Members
- Bring an item for Alpha House...   Click here for the Alpha House Wish List
**This Event is for Members Only**
Memberships can be purchased or renewed prior to the event.
Membership: Individual $25; Family: $30; Corporate $100
(All other events open to the public for $5 guest fee.)

November's herb of the month is SCENTED GERANIUM.

MONDAY, February 15, 2016


The Importance of Bees, Threats to Bees and
How Urban Beekeeping and Gardening Can Help



Chris and Lindsay Kirouac, from Beeproject





Chris Kirouac has been keeping bees along with his wife Lindsay for 7 years under the Beeproject banner. Beeproject was originally started as an experiment after Chris took the Beekeeping for the Hobbyist course at the University of Manitoba.

What was once a small hobby project of only 5 hives has morphed into a small business of closer to 140 hives kept mainly in the Gimli area along with a few hives tucked away in the City of Winnipeg. Chris has also been working with the Manitoba Agriculture hive inspection program, visiting apiaries around the province and aiding wit disease identification and surveillance.

Urban beekeeping is where Bee Project's focus and passion has been for the last few years. Working with city councillors and businesses in Winnipeg there is great opportunity to engage the public and promote the wellbeing of pollinators in this way.

February's herb of the month is LAVENDER.

MONDAY, March 21, 2016


Gardening with an Emphasis on Herbs



Mandy from Mandy's Greenhouse





Mandy's Bio:
"I am a self-taught gardener (as are many of you…) I have a sincere love for all living/growing things be they animal or plant. I have experimented (and sometimes succeeded…) with all types of manure, insects, diseases, fertilizers, soils and amendments. I have also grown quite a few house plants, namely African Violets and Streptocarpuses, then roses, raspberries, strawberries, tons of perennials flowers, lilies, some trees & fruit trees, grapes and now finally alpine/rock garden varieties and heritage vegetables."

March's herb of the month is ANISE HYSSOP.

MONDAY, April 18, 2016


Growing Mushrooms at Home



Ken Fosty, Certified Arborist


Learn to grow specialty mushrooms in your backyard. Do you have access to oak branches? Learn how to ‘plant’ the mushroom spawn and grow your own Shiitake mushrooms on oak logs. Hands-on demonstration will show how to inoculate the logs with mushroom spawn. A biological process you’ll love – growing your own mushrooms backyard style. Mushroom Grow Kits will be available for sale following the hands-on presentation.

April's herb of the month is SAGE.

MONDAY, May 16, 2016


Essential Native Plants for Butterflies, Birds, Bees & Pollinators



Shirley Froehlich of Prairie Originals





Shirley started Prairie Originals 26 years ago in 1990. It is now located on a 5 acre site near Selkirk, Manitoba. Prairie Originals grows plugs, pots and seed of over 120 varieties of Prairie Wildflowers & Grasses, Woodland Wildflowers, Native Shrubs and Vines. These are available for home gardeners, school grounds, naturalization projects, parks, commercial properties and landscaping projects.

herb of the month is LEMON VERBENA.

MONDAY, June 20, 2016


**Members Only**  **Members Only**  **Members Only**


  • Member Idea Sharing

  • Herb Identification Game

  • Bring a potted plant for the "Plant Exchange"

Potluck Dinner...
Please bring something to share with your herbal friends.


June's herb of the month is CATNIP.

HerbFest 2016

Enjoy Herbs Year-Round
Sunday, August 21, 2016
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Event Tent at the Assiniboine Park Conservatory

Co-hosted by the Herb Society of Manitoba
and Assiniboine Park Conservancy

Learn about the benefits and uses of herbs and how you can enjoy them in your home year-round!  Enjoy activities for both adults and children!

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
(Event Tent and Herb Garden)
Yummy treats at our Café Bake Sale.
Lemonade Stand, Herb Plant Sale, Kids Craft Table.
Guest Speakers. Vendors selling herb-related products.
Herb Society of Manitoba info table. Guided Tours of Herb Garden.
Herb Society of Manitoba cookbooks, aprons and t-shirts will also be available for purchase.

Speaker schedule:
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
(Conservatory Foyer)
1:00 pm  Bob Shearer, "Russian Tarragon"
2:00 pm  Bob Krul, "Tea"
3:00 pm  Mick Mansfield, "Square Foot & Vertical Gardening"

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
(Event Tent)
Almost Urban Vegetables - Bruce Berry
Aurora Farms - Louise May
Devils Creek Herb and Berry Farm - Bob Shearer
Double P Farms - Peter Penner
Green Action Committee – Composters
Natural Fragments - Dawn Kitching
Sage Garden - Dave Hanson
Susan Haywood
Heather Taniguchi

Previous General Meetings and Special Events - 2016/17

MONDAY, September 19, 2016


Culinary Herbs for Health and Healing



Karen Peters of KarenFood

Website:  karenfood.blogspot.ca  

Karen Peters has always been in the kitchen, it seems. As a student in Germany, she apprenticed at a Bavarian and then Italian restaurant, earning her red seal. Karen worked as a chef in Turkey. Her other interests lead her to also learn about the foods of Korea, different regions of India, China and Morocco. In each of these regions, food is seen as the key to health and medicine. She holds a Masters of Environment and had her field work in Kerala, South India. Karen has been a food educator for a number of years, from seed saving and gardening to food security programs as well as having a top restaurant, featuring her foods.

September's herb of the month is Perilla.

MONDAY, October 17, 2016


How do you like your grass? Juiced, of course!



Omer and Ann Marie Gautron


Whoever would have thought that one could DRINK greens? Wheatgrass packs a powerful punch in a small volume. Omer and Ann Marie will share their experience with growing and juicing wheatgrass.

Living in small town Manitoba, they have the space and ability to grow greens all year long. They have had fun experimenting with different growing systems to produce their own greens from seed – from lettuce to wheatgrass.

To assist in our ongoing effort to be environmentally friendly,
please try to remember to bring your own mug for your herbal tea.
October's herb of the month is Peppermint.

Doors open 6:30 pm | Meeting 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm | Doors close 9:00 pm

Yearly Membership: Individual $25; Family: $30; Corporate $100
Admission:  Members - FREE; Non-member - $5

SATURDAY, October 22, 2016

Herb Society of Manitoba 20th Anniversary Celebrations

We are turning 20 this year and we are celebrating!
Please join us... ALL ARE WELCOME!

MONDAY, November 21, 2016





This annual Christmas party is a favourite with our members.

DATE: Monday, November 21, 2016  
TIME: 6 :00 pm          Doors Open
6:30 - 7:30 pm  Potluck and Socializing
7:30 - 8:30 pm  Speaker & Demonstrations
8:30 - 9:00 pm  Clean-Up
PLACE: Assiniboine Park Conservatory, Winnipeg, MB  
TOPIC: The Fascinating World of Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar  
SPEAKER: Lise Belanger, Frescolio Fine Oil and Vinegar Tasting Bar.
Lise will be bringing a variety of oils and vinegars for us to sample and purchase. Please note that Frescolio will only accept cash.
WEBSITE: www.frescolio.ca  
Dawn Kitching - Natural Fragments
Susan Haywood - miscellanous
Kelly Johannsen - crafts
Attention Herb Society Members...
- Bring a Herbal Goodie to share with your fellow Herb Members
- Collecting donations for Alpha House
**This Event is for Members Only**
Memberships can be purchased or renewed prior to the event.
Membership: Individual $25; Family: $30; Corporate $100

November's herb of the month is DANDELION.

MONDAY, January 16, 2017


How to Grow Sweet Potatoes in Manitoba



Tiffany Grenkow, Winnipeg Sweet Potato





Learn how to grow sweet potatoes in Manitoba. We will discuss everything you need to know from growing tips and tricks to curing and proper storage of your own sweet potatoes.

January's herb of the month is Wild Strawberry.

MONDAY, February 20, 2017


The Mixology of Herbology



Melissa Makarenko, Chef de Cuisine from Resto Gare





Chef Melissa Makarenko was born and raised in Winnipeg. Her passion for cooking was substituted with Jazz and music while studying French immersion. While studying Microbiology at the University of Winnipeg, Melissa rediscovered her passion for cooking. She enrolled in the Culinary Program at Red River College, graduating (2005) with honours and several completion awards. After graduation she started her career with Fairmont hotels and resorts, beginning with Fairmont Winnipeg. She continued to compete in culinary competitions throughout the city and won the jeune Chain des Rotisseurs and represented Manitoba at the Nationals. Melissa has a passion for Canadian cuisine and decided to travel to learn and explore local ingredients and flavours. She joined the team Algonquin Hotel in St. Andrews by-the-Sea in New Brunswick (2008) where she stayed for two years. She also had the opportunity to work at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal as Sous Chef. It was here she learned the meaning of perfection in the dining experience. Passion afoot, Melissa moved west to work at Chateau Lake Louise in the Rocky Mountains.

Melissa moved home to Winnipeg to bring her knowledge, experience, and passion back to her roots. She has applied this to Resto Gare, to bring home cooked food to an experience and flavour that patrons cannot forget. Her theme is “Comfort Food with a French Flair and elegance”. Great dining experience is about fresh ingredients that are available locally.

February's herb of the month is Basil.

MONDAY, March 20, 2017


Square Foot and Vertical Gardening



Mick Manfield


Mick immigrated to Canada in 1999 after a 23-year career in the British Army and learned to garden in England alongside his Dad and Granddad.

He gardens on a 1-acre lot in Lockport where he grows plants in a Square Foot Garden that measures 32 ft. x 32 ft. In this garden, he grows 50 different varieties of vegetables, salads, herbs and fruits.

Mick completed his Square Foot Gardening Teacher Certification in October 2011 in Austin, Texas and completed the Master Gardener and Master Composter certification in 2012. He is passionate about gardening and learning new gardening techniques.

In 2013, he won the award for the best Square Foot Garden in the Instructor Category of the Square Foot Garden Organization, and in 2014, he won the Rural Category of the Manitoba Garden Makeover Competition.

Mick's garden has been featured twice on the Manitoba Master Gardener Association Garden Tour and is open for visitors throughout the growing season.

Over the last 5 years he has presented Square Foot Gardening techniques to gardening clubs, small businesses, greenhouses and at Gardening Saturday, and we are looking forward to his presentation to our herb society members and guests.

March's herb of the month is Fennel.

MONDAY, April 24, 2017***


Uses for Herbs in Your Garden



Dawn Kitching from Natural Fragments





***NOTE: Fourth Monday of the Month.

Dawn enjoys growing or wild harvesting the leaves, flowers, roots, etc. to make the oils that go into making her handmade products.

Dawn practices Chi Nei Tsang, Cranio Sacral Therapy, Iridology, Lymph Drainage Therapy, Visceral Manipulation and Reiki. She is a certified Medical Intuitive and Quantum Practitioner.

April's herb of the month is Echinacea.

If you would like to volunteer at General Meetings or have an idea you would like to share with us for a Speaker or Workshop, please contact us at: herbs@herbsocietymb.com.

To contact us for more information,
either write to the following address:

     Herb Society of Manitoba
     PO Box 61004 RPO Grant Park
     Winnipeg, MB R3M 3X8

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Any information on this site is NOT intended to prescribe or diagnose in any way. The intent is to offer general information about herbs including information about their historical and current use. Those who are sick should consult with their doctor.

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