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Celebrate 10th Annual HerbDay in Austin on May 2nd
FestivitiestoIncludeHerbWalks,HerbTalks,Children'sActivities,andMore
(AUSTIN,Texas,April21,2015)OnSaturday,May2nd,thenonprofitAmericanBotanicalCouncil(ABC)willcelebratethe10thAnnualHerbDaywithavarietyofherbaleducationalactivitiesincludingpresentationsfromlocalandnationalherbalexperts.

TheHerbDayeventoccursatABC’shistoricheadquartersthehistoricCaseMillHomestead,6200ManorRoadinEastAustin,from10a.m.until4p.m.Itisfreeandopentothepublic.

HerbDayactivitiesincludeherbalist-ledtoursofABC’sexpansive20+medicinal-andculinary-themedgardens.Theinternationally-knownexpertherbalistsincludeBrigitteMars,herbalist,author,nutritionist,andteacherfromBoulder,Colorado,andMarkBlumenthal,ABC’sFounderandExecutiveDirector.

Thefirstherbwalkwillstartat10:30amandwillbeledbylocalherbalistandauthorNicoleTelkes,DirectoroftheWildflowerSchoolofBotanicalMedicineinAustin.CarlosHernandez,long-timeAustinherbalistandOwnerandFormulatorforBio-StarBotanicals,willleadthesecondherbwalkat1:15pm.Eachherbwalkwilllastapproximately45minutes.

Theday’sfirstherbaltalkwillbeginatnoonandbepresentedbyMars,anherbalistwithmorethan40years’experienceinnaturallifestyles.Mars’talkwillcover“NaturalRemediesforMentalandEmotionalHealth.”WellknownamongAmericanherbalistsandherbstudents,Ms.MarshastaughtatNaropaUniversity,BaumanCollegeofHolisticHealth,andNaturalChef,TheSchoolofNaturalMedicine,JustfortheHealthofItSchoolofReflexologyandHealingArts,BoulderCollegeofMassageTherapy,EsalenInstitute,Kripalu,andatanIcelandichealingartsschoolcalledHeilsumeistraskolinn.

ABC’sBlumenthalwillbeginspeakingat2:30pmon“HumorousHealth:ConventionalandAlternativeMedicine,PharmaceuticalDrugs,Diet,andLifestyleasSeenthroughCartoons.”

Inadditiontotheherbwalksandherbtalks,participantswillhaveplentyoftimetoexploreABC’smedicinalandculinaryherbgardensontheirown.ABCwillalsoholdaplantsalethroughouttheday.

“ThisisagreatwayforHerbDayvisitorstoaddtotheirowngardens–orpossiblystartone–whilesupportingABC’sessentialnonprofiteducationalmission,”saidJennyPerez,ABCEducationCoordinator.“TravisCountyMasterGardenerswillbeonsitetoanswergardeningquestions.”

“Children’sactivitieswilltakeplacethroughouttheday,”saidTobyBernal,ABC’sGardener.“Therewillbeamaypoledance—alwaysfunforyoungandoldalike–andaplantingstationforkidstostarttheirowngardenprojectsfromeitheraseedorastarterplant.Therewillalsobelivemusicthroughouttheday.”

Refreshments,books,andmembershipinformationwillbeavailableinadditiontofreesampleissuesofABC’shighlyacclaimed,full-color,scientific,quarterly,peer-reviewedjournal,HerbalGram,andothereducationalliterature.

HerbDayissponsoredlocallybyABCandPeople’sPharmacy.

AboutHerbDay

HerbDayisacoordinatedseriesofindependentlyproducedpubliceducationaleventscelebratingtheimportanceofherbsandherbalism.HerbDaywasinitiatedbyfivenonprofitorganizationswithinterestsinherbsandherbalism(theHerbDayCoalition)toraisepublicawarenessaboutthesignificanceofherbsinthelivesofmillionsofpeopleworldwide,aswellasthemanywaysherbscanbeusedsafelyandcreativelyforhealth,beautycare,andculinaryenjoyment.TheHerbDayCoalitionincludestheAmericanBotanicalCouncil(ABC),AmericanHerbalistsGuild(AHG),AmericanHerbalPharmacopoeia(AHP),AmericanHerbalProductsAssociation(AHPA),andUnitedPlantSavers.TheHerbDaycoalitioncanbecontactedhere.