The 2019 Herb Day and Plant Sale is scheduled for Saturday, May 4 at the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center at 21st and Ridge in Wichita. Admission is FREE.
It’s a fun day of activities, education, and talking to the local growers you’re buying from. I highly recommend it. For my family, this event feels like the kickoff to summer.
They always have a fun kids’ activity too, so be on the lookout for that if you have kiddos.
At the educational seminars you can earn about selecting, planting, maintaining, and cooking with herbs. There will be seminars inside in the Sunflower Room and outside in the demonstration garden.
The Farmers Market will be going on outside, where plant vendors from around the region will have herbs and other plants on sale.
You’ll also want to check out the Master Gardener Plant Sale inside the 4H building. The prices are good, and the gardeners are right there to give you good tips for growing them. I heard there will be a garden magazine and book sale going on too.
Lunch will also be available for purchase. Just follow the delectable aromas and you’ll find the concession area (usually in the far corner of the big auditorium).
Really, there are lots of activities and so much to learn. But save some energy – if you’re anything like me, you’ll go home with plenty of work to do in the garden.
Herb Day 2019 Schedule
The Herb of the Year for 2019 is Anise Hyssop! This will be featured in the seminars and demonstrations throughout the event.
Herb Day will be held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Here’s what to expect:
- Seminars in the Sunflower Room
- Demonstrations in the garden
- Plant sale and farmers market
- And more
And look at some of the scheduled talks and demos! These are interesting:
Seminars in the Sunflower Room:
8:30 Anise Hyssop & other Agastaches for Your Garden: Herb of the Year
9:30 Pesto & Beyond (preserving your basil harvest this summer)
11:00 Featured Speaker-Chef Matt Wallen, Executive Chef for the Hyatt Regency, Wichita
Seminars in the Demonstration Garden:
8:00 Composting demonstration & talk
9:00 Planning a Tea Garden & Making Refreshing Beverages this Summer
10:00 How to Attract Pollinators with Herbs
11:00 Thyme for a Terra Cotta Pot Wreath (demonstration)
11:30 The Mint Family has Square Stems-Identifying and exploring the diverse plants in the mint family.
Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019
Time: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Sedgwick County Extension, 7001 W. 21st Street N., Wichita, KS
Cost: FREE admission; bring cash for food and farmers market
For more information, visit sedgwick.ksu.edu