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Workshop Spotlight: THE HERBAL GARDEN


Learn the basics of seed starting, planting, maintaining, and harvesting some of our most common herbs. There will also be an overview of "weeds" and how to use them. This is a hands on class. Please bring gloves and trowels if you want to participate.

Hetty Mayer-MacDowell

Hetty lives in northern Illinois, where she works her amazing 1/3 acre plot of land, converting it into a mini green oasis. She has worked with plants and herbs since the late 70's. Hetty has taken this knowledge of plants and herbs and combined it with her other passion for volunteering by working as a Master Gardener at the Lake County Extension Office of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. This will be her 9th year with the MWHF. When she is not in the garden she works as a massage therapist, Reiki practitioner and priestess in the Chicago area.

Join us for the 11th annual Midwest Herb Fest, August 4-6, 2017 Register Now

  • Learn

To identify wild medicinal plants. Herbal uses, contemporary and historical

Herbal Medicine Making

  • Explore

Herb Walks

Tree Walks

Self guided tours

  • Entertainment

Live music - River Glen on the mainstage

Fire Spinning - varied artists, Mamma Beth the Fyre Wytch (poi+), KC Wilkerson (dart) & more.

  • Open Events

Labyrinth walk - facilitated by Jackie Lakey.

Drumming - at the bonfire.

Auction - fund raiser, donate items or services to raise money for our herb trail and other projects.

  • Get Back to Nature

Primitive camping

RVs welcome (sorry, no hook-ups).

Private clothing optional area secluded from event activities,

(must be 18 and over, or be accompanied by parents)

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