Elderberry, thyme to star at Herb Day

04/27/2013 7:18 AM

04/27/2013 7:20 AM

Chef Jason Febres of Taste & See and John Brewer of Wyldewood Cellars will be the guest speakers at this year’s Herb Day, on May 4 at the Extension Education Center, 21st and Ridge Road.

Elderberry is the herb of the year this year, and thyme is the regional herb, so they will receive special attention among the herbs that will be celebrated at the 18th annual Herb Day. The event will include seminars, demonstrations, a box lunch sale by the Herb Society of South Central Kansas, vendors selling herbs and other plants and garden items, an activity for children, a hosta sale by the Wichita Hosta Society, a plant sale by the master gardeners, a sale of garden magazines and books, and door prizes.

The Kansas Grown Farmers Market will be taking place in the parking lot from 7 a.m. to noon.

Febres will give a cooking demonstration, and Brewer will give a talk about elderberries. Hours will be from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., and admission is free.

Advance tickets to the master gardeners’ garden tour, which will be from May 17 to 19, will be for sale for $8, $2 cheaper than they will be afterward.

Here is the schedule of seminars, demonstrations and a tour:

Seminars in the Sunflower Room:

•  8 a.m.: Thyme to Cook
•  9 a.m.: Enjoying Elderberries, From Growing Through Processing, with John Brewer of Wyldewood Cellars
•  10 a.m.: Drought-Tolerant Herbs
•  11 a.m.: Cooking Demonstration by Jason Febres, chef at Taste and See Restaurant

In the Demonstration Garden:

•  8:30 a.m.: Composting
•  9:30 a.m.: Making More Herbs: From Seed to Cutting
•  10 a.m.: Arboretum tour on the grounds
•  10:30 a.m.: Thyme to Sit, about using an old chair as a container for thyme
•  11:30 a.m.: Refreshing Herbal Beverages.

Herb Day is sponsored by the Extension Master Gardeners and the Herb Society of South Central Kansas.

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