French tarragon, herb of the year, to star at Herb Day on May 3

04/24/2014 8:56 PM

04/24/2014 8:56 PM

Hyatt Regency executive chef Paul Freimuth will demonstrate how to cook with herbs, including the herb of the year, at the 19th annual Herb Day celebration May 3 at the Extension Education Center, 21st and Ridge Road.

Freimuth’s seminar will be one of several at the garden party, which is free from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Herb Day will also include herbs and other plants and garden items for sale by vendors, a master gardener plant sale, an activity for children, a garden magazine and book sale, box lunches for sale, door prizes, and the farmers market in the parking lot (from 7 a.m. to noon).

French tarragon has been designated the local herb of the year; it is an artemisia, which is the national herb of the year. But not all artemisias are edible, as French tarragon is.

In addition to Freimuth’s presentation, extension agents Denise Dias and Rebecca McMahon will kick off a summer of Saturday Sampler programs in the Demonstration Garden with tips on growing and cooking with French tarragon.

The event is sponsored by the Extension master gardeners and the Herb Society of South Central Kansas. Members of the groups will give other seminars related to growing and cooking with herbs.

Here is the list of seminars and demonstrations:

In the Sunflower Room:

• Starting a New Garden, 8:30 a.m.
• Chef demo with Paul Freimuth, executive chef at the Hyatt Regency, 9:30 a.m.

Preserving herbs, 11 a.m.

• Summer grilling with fresh herbs, noon

In the Demonstration Garden:

• Composting demonstration, 8 a.m.
• Saturday Sampler featuring French tarragon, 9 a.m.
• Arboretum tour of the grounds, 10 a.m.
• Container Gardening With Herbs, 10:30 a.m.
• Other Artemisias, 11:30 a.m.

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