2019 SPEAKER & WORKSHOP* SCHEDULE  
*(See separate Workshop Schedule)​

The 21st Annual Pennsylvania Herb & Garden Festival
Friday April 5, 2019   11:00am - 5:00pm
& Saturday April 6, 2019   9:00am - 5:00pm

York Expo Center - Memorial Hall
334 Carlisle Avenue, York, PA  17404 

Friday, April 5, 2019

11:30 - Melissa Vertosick-Harry
Owner of Leaf & Twig LLC, Herbalist and Certified Health Coach
"Herbal Tisanes, Restful Sleep, and Creative Rituals"
Looking for the perfect combination of herbs to create your own herbal infusion in order to achieve a restful night of sleep? This program is your answer. Melissa Vertosick-Harry, herbalist and owner of Leaf & Twig LLC will guide you on a journey of exploration. She will share how she hand-crafts her teas, and the various herbal ingredients she selects specifically to create a restful and relaxing blend. This informative lecture will provide a background in relaxing herbs and offer guidance so you can create your own unique formula for a great night’s sleep. Discover how the combination of utilizing a herbal infusion coupled with an evening ritual can support your efforts to enjoy a blissful night of sound sleep.

12:00 - Susan Morris
Owner of Sue Salves, Herbalist
​"All Things Calendula"  (WORKSHOP)​  SOLD OUT
There are many ways to create healing products using calendula. In this workshop we will explore the healing properties of calendula and make calendula lotion bars and lip butter. 

12:30 - Jessica Walliser​
Horticulturist, Freelance Writer and Radio Host
"Container Gardening Complete"
Jessica is the co-host of The Organic Gardeners, an award-winning program on KDKA Radio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a former contributing editor for Organic Gardening magazine and a regular contributor to Fine Gardening and Hobby Farms magazines. Walliser’s gardening columns for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review have been enjoyed by readers for over ten years.
Jessica is the Author of three best selling garden books - Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your
Garden, Good Bug Bad Bug and Container Gardening Complete.
Jessica's lectures will focus on her new book Container Gardening Complete which features
everything you need to know to successfully garden in a small space, including step-by-step
directions, photographs, and information on more than 125 plants.

1:30 - Caren White
Master Gardener, Member of The Herb Society of America Delaware Unit
"Growing Herb Blends"
Fresh ingredients deserve fresh seasonings. Learn how you can grow, dry and mix herbs from your garden to create classic herb blends like Herbes de Provence and Fines Herbes, as well as more common blends such as Poultry Seasoning and Italian Seasoning.

2:00 - Martha Hoff
Owner of Five Points Farm Market & Greenhouse
"Herb Container"  (WORKSHOP) 
Come and join this fun and informative workshop. We will be planting 5 herbs of your choice in a galvanized bucket.  During the workshop instruction on growing, maintaining and harvesting the herbs will be discussed. So grab a friend and come join us for this fun workshop! 

2:30 - Susan Belsinger  FEATURED SPEAKER 
 Nationally known Herbalist and Speaker, Culinary Herbalist, Educator, Food Writer, Author and Photographer
"The Art of Flavor"​
 Susan will discuss how scent + taste = flavor and help you sort through some of the chemistry of herbs and why we react to them the way that we do. During this Powerpoint presentation Susan will discuss how she goes about smelling and tasting herbs and will describe some of her favorite herbs. She will help you experience and learn through a hands-on fragrance and flavor profile through the tasting of a leaf of six different herbs representing the four celebrated tastes: sweet, sour, salt and bitter, as well as pungent and umami.

3:30 - Joseph Kiefer
Triple Oaks Nursery & Herb Garden
"Pollinators and the Plants they Pollinate"
Slide show talk featuring the most popular pollinators; Monarchs, Honey Bees & Hummingbirds with colorful slides of bright and exiting blooming plants that they visit in your garden that you can grow! ​



Saturday, April 6, 2019

10:00 - Jessica Walliser​
Horticulturist, Freelance Writer and Radio Host
"Container Gardening Complete"
Jessica is the co-host of The Organic Gardeners, an award-winning program on KDKA Radio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a former contributing editor for Organic Gardening magazine and a regular contributor to Fine Gardening and Hobby Farms magazines. Walliser’s gardening columns for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review have been enjoyed by readers for over ten years.
Jessica is the Author of three best selling garden books - Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your
Garden, Good Bug Bad Bug and Container Gardening Complete.
Jessica's lectures will focus on her new book Container Gardening Complete which features
everything you need to know to successfully garden in a small space, including step-by-step
directions, photographs, and information on more than 125 plants.

10:00 -  Mike Larkin
Mike Larkin of Mike Larkin Designs  
"Succulent Container"  (WORKSHOP)  SOLD OUT
Each participant will make a 6” hypertufa container (a mixture of portland cement peat, and perlite ). Three small succulents and or houseplant, and specially made potting will also be provided for participants to take home and plant when their hypertufa pot has cured.​

11:00 - Martha Hoff
Owner of Five Points Farm Market & Greenhouse
"Herb Container"  (WORKSHOP)   SOLD OUT
Come and join this fun and informative workshop. We will be planting 5 herbs of your choice in a galvanized bucket. During the workshop instruction on growing, maintaining and harvesting the herbs will be discussed. So grab a friend and come join us for this fun workshop! 

12:00 -  Susan Belsinger  FEATURED SPEAKER 
 Nationally known Herbalist and Speaker, Culinary Herbalist, Educator, Food Writer, Author and Photographer
"The Art of Flavor"​
 Susan will discuss how scent + taste = flavor and help you sort through some of the chemistry of herbs and why we react to them the way that we do. During this Powerpoint presentation Susan will discuss how she goes about smelling and tasting herbs and will describe some of her favorite herbs. She will help you experience and learn through a hands-on fragrance and flavor profile through the tasting of a leaf of six different herbs representing the four celebrated tastes: sweet, sour, salt and bitter, as well as pungent and umami.

1:00 -  Mike Larkin
Mike Larkin of Mike Larkin Designs  
" Kokedama - Moss Planter" (WORKSHOP)  SOLD OUT
Kokedama is a form of Japanese garden art. These spherical planters are formed around the roots of plants, covered in a sheet of moss, and wrapped in twine.  
 At the workshop you will choose from one of several indoor house plants to create this unique moss planter. Planters can be fitted with a hook so that they can be hung or placed on a saucer in a sunny window.  

1:30 - Susan Morris 
Owner of Sue Salves, Herbalist
Aromatherapy: "Enhancing Your Health Through the Use of Essential Oils" 
Sue Morris will guide you to easily understand how aromatherapy treats every system in the body. You will learn how essential oils work in the body and learn ways to powerfully enhance your health, aiding positive mental and emotional states. Sue will offer recipes using essential oils for health conditions such stress, mental fatigue, memory and insomnia as well as tips for for creating natural cleaning products in the home with essential oils, helping you to limit your exposure to harmful chemicals. This talk is bound to change the way you take care of yourself!

2:00 - JoAnn Bowman
Owner of Wee Folk Gardens
 "Miniature Herb Garden" (WORKSHOP)
Come join our workshop in creating a miniature herb garden with a twist.
We will be adding little critters and nature to our amazing little garden.
Items will include the choices of miniature bees, rabbits, squirrels, birdhouses, fences
along with natural elements to create this beautiful mini garden.

2:30 - Joseph Kiefer
Triple Oaks Nursery & Herb Garden
"Pollinators and the Plants they Pollinate"
Slide show talk featuring the most popular pollinators; Monarchs, Honey Bees & Hummingbirds with colorful slides of bright and exiting blooming plants that they visit in your garden that you can grow! ​


3:00 - Martha Hoff
Owner of Five Points Farm Market & Greenhouse
"Succulent Barrel Planter" (CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP)
Make a cute little 6" plastic barrel planter. It is a perfect project for an adult and child to do together. You can keep the planter for yourself or give it as a gift. This is a great chance for your child or grandchild to play in the dirt and watch something grow! 


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