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Wilson will offer year-round herbs class

May 02, 2007

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Wilson College will offer a unique new class for the herb-lover or anyone who wants to learn about the many ways herbs can be used throughout the year, from cooking and decorating to medicinal uses and more.

The first three classes in the "A Year of Herbs" series will be June 16, July 21 and Aug. 25. The Saturday classes will run from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Lortz Hall, Room 110.

· June 16: Thyme will be the focus of this class. Students will explore thyme's history, cultivation and many uses in the kitchen. They also will try their hands at creating their own bouquet garni - herb bundles typically used to flavor soups and stews.

· July 21: Scented geraniums, a favorite of Victorian gardeners and named 2006 Herb of the Year, will be the topic.

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· Aug. 25: For pesto lovers everywhere, basil - the topic of this class - is a key ingredient in the healthy pasta sauce, as well as a number of other Italian dishes. Easy to grow indoors and out, the tropical herb has been grown for more than 5,000 years and is a perfect complement to tomatoes.

Through speakers, demonstrations and hands-on activities, students will explore the history of herbs, how to grow them, decorating with herbs and their culinary and medicinal uses. Additional classes will be announced later, and will cover such topics as garlic, rosemary, lavender, mint.

One class will focus on decorating and cooking with herbs for the holidays.

The class will be taught by Chris Mayer, a Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturist, master gardener and home horticulture educator. Mayer has a degree in horticulture from Temple University and recently completed a degree in environmental studies from Wilson College.

Each class is limited to 18 people and the cost is $25 per class.

For more information and/or to register, contact Wilson's Office of Continuing Education at 800-421-8402 or 717-262-2025, or email Wilson Enrichment Programs Coordinator Mary Foltz at mfoltz@wilson.edu.

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