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Herb Day 2015 - Saturday, September 19, 2015
Cheekwood's Botanic Hall
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Register Online below. Early bird registration (between now and August 31st) is $42.
You may also download this registration form, fill it out, and send it in with your registration fee. Registration Form
Herb Day is HSN’s gift to the public each year. We have covered a wide variety of topics over the years and this year we will be learning some of the techniques for giving superb parties and of course, using herbs in our garden-scapes, decorations, and food.
Todd Breyer will be our first presenter. He will inspire us with ideas suggesting different vignettes in the garden and how they can provide a beautiful backdrop for any size outdoor party. Todd began his career as a landscape architect in San Francisco after a period of study in Tuscany, Italy, and has since received numerous awards for his work and has appeared both in magazines and on television. He is the chairman of Cheekwood Botanical Gardens’ Plant Collections Committee and the District 4 Commissioner and immediate past chairman of the Metro Beautification and Environment Commission.
Emily Frith will be demonstrating her herbal culinary skills as she demonstrates some of the dishes in the menu she has planned for our lunch. Emily and Jim Frith were the owners of the Corner Market for 16 years. After that era ended, they stayed in the kitchen, started a thriving catering business, and bought the Catering Company in 2007. In 2011, that business evolved into the Corner Market Catering Company as we know and love today. Emily has provided food for a multitude of parties in Tennessee – all with rave reviews.
Our third presenter, Ralph Null, a Mississippi native, has exhibited floral creations in the White House, at presidential inaugurals, in the windows of Saks and Macy's, and in Neiman Marcus catalogues. He is an internationally recognized leader in floral art and floriculture and has exhibited in London, Oslo, Cape Town, Sydney, and Tokyo, and throughout the United States. Over 40 years ago, Ralph began using landscape materials as opposed to traditional commercial floral materials. This creative approach to naturalism is still the foundation to his designs. Prepare yourself for a delightful journey to the garden and beyond.
Of course, we will have a charming collection of vendors selling products and art objects that will make delightful gifts, whether they are given to others or kept for yourself! Many will make wonderful hostess gifts, and others will make incredible party favors. There will be potters, jewelry makers, botanical artists, and many other vendors with a variety of exciting products. Ralph Null will be selling his secret ingredient that makes his floral arrangements last much longer than one would expect.
Music is another key ingredient to a successful party. The Boomerangs, a popular local band that plays the incredibly danceable songs from the 60s and 70s, will provide entertainment for us throughout the day. Many of us are Baby Boomers (or at least know the BBs) and have raised our children on this style of music. Perhaps some guests will spontaneously demonstrate a few steps for us. Invite your friends and join us for a smashing party!