JONESVILLE – Leading others towards new ways to use native herbs is something Jonesville resident and author Susan Betz offers through a variety of presentations.
Betz will present a hands-on teaching approach to the joy of growing and using herbs for pleasure and purpose in home landscapes and gardens at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22 in the Matthaei Botanical Gardens Auditorium, 1800 N. Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor.
Tickets are $20 per person and seating is limited. Preregistration and payment information are available at www.annarborfarmandgarden.org. The parking fee is waived for attendees by bringing the space number to the sign in desk. All proceeds from this AAF&G event will benefit the Student Internship Endowment at Matthaei Botanical Gardens.
Betz is an author, garden communicator, lecturer, and conservationist who has specialized in herbs and native plants for over 35 years. She is a member of the Michigan Herb Associates, International Herb Association, Garden Writers Association, and the Ecological Landscape Alliance. A life member of The Herb Society of America, Betz serves on HSA’s Native Herb Conservation committee and the Green Bridges committee, the Herb Society’s sustainable garden initiative.
In her presentation “Herbs: For Pleasure and Purpose,” Betz will speak on herbs as being adept at multi-tasking in and out of the garden. Participants will learn fundamentals of choosing herbs that blend with and complement their lifestyle and home landscape.
Publicist Katie Elzer-Peters said Betz loves to lead listeners toward new ways to use native herbs for purpose and pleasure, whether in the garden, kitchen, wildlife areas, or the rest of the house. Betz offers a variety of popular presentations and can also prepare custom talks. Her new book, “Neighboring with Nature: Native Herbs for Purpose and Pleasure,” will be available for purchase at the event.
The book is all about partnering with the world around you for a beautiful, functional garden, Elzer-Peters said. It’s full of information about how native herbs provide essential habitat for humans and fellow creatures, as well as information about growing and using 21 native herbs indoors and out.
“It’s filled with delightful quotes, stories, and anecdotes, as well as actionable info,” Elzer-Peters said.
Jane L. Taylor, Founding Curator, Michigan 4-H Children’s Garden, Michigan State University, said
“Neighboring with Nature” is a superb resource and reference for people of all ages who are interested in increasing their native herb plant palette to provide natural communities for pollinators.
“It’s sure to educate, enlighten, and encourage you to grow some of our wonderful native plants,” Taylor said in a release. “Let this book be your guide and enjoy becoming a nurturing native plant gardener to create and enhance the wildlife ecological corridors in your neighborhood.”
For more information about the speaking event or about the book, visit: www.annarborfarmandgarden.org.