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Dill will star at this year's Herb Day

Believe it or not, a week from today is the first of May, and Herb Day to boot.

Herb Day, an annual celebration of herbs sponsored by the Sedgwick County Extension Master Gardeners and the Herb Society of South Central Kansas, will be from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 1 at the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center, 21st and Ridge Road.

The event is free and provides information and seminars on selecting, planting, maintaining, cooking and decorating with herbs. Special attention will be paid to the herb of the year, dill.

Plant vendors from around the region will have herbs and other plants and garden-related items for sale, and the Kansas Grown Farmers Market will be open in the parking lot. The master gardeners will have a plant sale in the demonstration garden, and an herbal brunch will be available. There will be an activity for children to take part in, and a garden magazine sale as well.

Here is the schedule of seminars:

In the Sunflower Room:

* 8 a.m., "Dillicious" (cooking with dill)

* 9 a.m., drying/preserving herbs and canning pickles

* 10 a.m., cooking and baking with dill, by master chef Chris Miller and dietitian Paula Miller

* 11 a.m., butterflies, caterpillars and host plants

* Noon, "Confessions of a Crazy Bread Maker"

In the Demonstration Garden:

* 10:30 a.m., composting: the black gold of the garden

In the Meadowlark Room:

* 8:30 a.m., On the Herbal Hunt

* 9:30 a.m., Herbs and More at Cowtown

* 10:30 a.m., meet for a tour of the arboretum on the grounds

* 11:30 a.m., making and planting a seed ball

* 12:30 p.m., herbal infusions and more.

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