Saturday workshops explore growing, using herbs

Neighbors

May 19, 1999|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

AT GALLOPING GOOSE Farm, the herb garden and greenhouse are the stage for Thymely Activities, a series of herb workshops this spring given by proprietor Diane Hale.

The farm, at 4326 Maple Grove Road, is also home to sheep and a beginning vineyard.

From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Hale will introduce novice herbalists to the lore of culinary herbs with the easily grown parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. The workshop includes cultivation, harvesting and drying for later use, plus samples to take home.

Herbs to attract hummingbirds and butterflies will be featured June 5. Butterflies, beneficial insects and birds are attracted to fragrant herbs.

Workshop participants will learn how to grow those herbs that earn return visits by beneficial creatures.

A workshop June 12 will be devoted to lavender and its many products. The fragrant lavender is a long-standing element in foods, cosmetics, bathing and potpourri. Workshop participants will learn lavender cultivation, drying blossoms and retrieving essential oils, and then taste lavender punch and cookies. They can take sprigs home for the bath and potpourri.

Workshops are 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays and cost $5. Requests for specific workshops are welcome.

Information: 410-374-6596.

Scholarship fund raffle

The Women's Club of Hampstead will offer a 50-50 raffle Saturday during Hampstead Day activities.

Look for the club's booth next to Roy's Clock Shop, opposite Jiffy Mart. The annual raffle benefits the club's scholarship for graduating high school seniors.

Tickets are $1 or six for $5.

Members of the club will offer baked items for sale.

The club is part of the General Federation of Women's Clubs.

Calling woodland gardeners

Lend a hand at 1 p.m. Sunday at Pine Valley Nature Center in Manchester, where everyone who enjoys rustic trails and native garden plants is invited to bring tools and enthusiasm for a spring cleaning.

Pine Valley Nature Center is at 3400 Wilhelm Lane, off York Street. Its several acres of woodland, pond, and meadow are adjacent to Manchester Elementary School.

The center depends on volunteer help for its programs and maintenance.

Lumberjacks are needed with wood-cutting tools. Gardeners can spruce up the many flower beds near the nature center. Hardy workers are needed for trail clearing. If you're a jack-of-all-trades, you'll be rewarded with plenty of challenging tasks.

Children are welcome to accompany parents or adults who will supervise them.

Pack a snack with the tools.

Beverages will be provided by the center.

Information: 410-374-3395.

Manchester Day expanding

Manchester Day, the town's annual celebration, will be held June 5. A wine tasting will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at Cygnus Wine Cellars, 3130 Long Lane, Manchester.

Cygnus is featured in the new state guidebook "Discovering Maryland Wineries," and recently released a dessert-style wine, Port of Manchester. Meet winemaker and owner Ray Brasfield while teasing your palate with wines crafted in the heart of Manchester.

"We want to expand the scope of Manchester Day to be a little more educational, cultural and historical. We got a start last year and will continue to build on that," Brasfield said.

Volunteers are welcome. Call Cygnus Wine Cellars at 410-374-6395.

Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 5/19/99

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