The Herb Society of America is dedicated to promoting the knowledge, use, and delight of herbs through educational programs, research, and sharing the experience of its members with the community. The Delaware Valley Unit of the Herb Society of America meets monthly at the Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum, where we cultivate an International Culinary Herb Garden. We also sponsor several educational programs about herbs locally every year, and conduct an annual Herb Sale the third Saturday every May where one can find the old favorites and many unique herb plants.
Helen Hamilton Receives HSA Certificate of Achievement
In June of 2018, our own Helen Hamilton traveled to the NorthEast District Herb Society of America meeting in Tarrytown NY to receive the HSA Certificate of Achievement for all her many herbal activities. This award was developed in 1976 by the Herb Society of America to honor those people, members of Herb Society or not, who have made significant contributions in various ways to the work of The Society or the world of herbs. Helen has been an active member of the Delaware Valley Unit of the Herb Society of America for many years and has served the group in multiple ways. She currently serves in the position of Program Chair for the unit and has coordinated the annual Herb Symposium in addition to many programs for the unit as well as the public. Until the advent of email, Helen authored and distributed a printed monthly newsletter. For a time she edited the national HSA Newsletter. She has been instrumental in developing our email connections and our HSA connections, providing publicity for all our events.
While the HSA-DVU was at our prior location, Helen actively gardened in one of the two industrial gardens in the US, the other one being at the National Herb Garden in Washington DC Most recently she maintained the India section of our International Culinary Garden. Helen has held our unit together through good times and bad. SHe has attended and actively participated in many District and National Herb Society events, meetings and symposia. She curates a garden of plants of the Bible near her residence in Princeton. Congratulations, Helen!! We are so proud of you!
Virginia Petree Memorial Scholarship
Each year the Delaware Valley Unit of the Herb Society of America awards a scholarship to a student in horticulture at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, PA. This scholarship is named in honor of Virginia Petree a founding member of the unit which at the time was located at the Prallsville Mill in Stockton, NJ where the unit maintained an Industrial Herb Garden. Over the years the unit has had an herb plant sale in May to raise money for this scholarship. Virginia, a retired school teacher, and her husband a veterinarian were very active in the Unit and helped to create the Industrial Herb Garden at the Mill. Many years ago, Virginia and her husband moved to Virginia and did not maintain contact with the Unit. Since the scholarship was named in honor of Virginia Petree, the unit has continued this traditional of awarding a scholarship in her name even after moving the herb garden to the Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead in Lambertville, NJ.