The Committee of 100 for the Ozark Folk Center sponsors nationally respected herbal authorities for this symposium. The Craft Village comes alive with purveyors of herbal plants and hand-made products. Special activities may be offered for an additional fee. The full program will be announced by January 30, 2011. Fee: Register before May 6 to save $10. One day, $45 before May 7. $55 after May 7. Two days, $85 before May 7. $95 after May 7.
About Our Speakers
Arthur O. Tucker is a professor of botany at Delaware State University and is coauthor of The Encyclopedia of Herbs—A Comprehensive Reference to Herbs of Flavor and Fragrance. He has published widely on many herbs and essential oils, is an acknowledged authority of the lavenders, and is on the editorial board of Economic Botany and Journal of Essential Oil Research. He is a trusted advisor for many other journals and groups. Succinctly stated, Art Tucker is a rock star in the world of herbs.
Lucinda Reynolds has been gardening most of her life--beginning in Kansas, moving to Texas and then to Arkansas. She was the 2003 Arkansas Master Gardener of the Year and is an advanced Master Gardener Level II as well as a Master Gardener Educator. Lucinda is a frequent speaker at Master Gardener and other horticultural and civic events. She is a member of the American Horticultural Society, the American Hemerocallis Society, the American Rose Society, the Nature Conservancy, the Arkansas Native Plant Society, the National Audubon Society, and Wild Ones (Native Plants, Natural Landscapes). She holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in English.
Herb Society of America—Ozark Unit is an herbal study and active support and volunteer group headquartered in the Heritage Herb Garden.
Susan Belsinger loves her work as a culinary herbalist, educator, food writer, and photographer whose articles and photos have been published in over 25 national publications and 20 + books. Susan is a contributing weekly blogger to Taunton Press’ www.vegetablegardener.com; is a contributing editor to The Herb Companion; and has shot five segments for Cultivating Life on PBS. She has self-published under the name herbspirit: not just desserts-sweet herbal recipes; the creative herbal home with Tina Marie Wilcox.
Janet Carson serves as Extension Horticulture Specialist with the State Office of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. Ms. Carson’s first book, In the Garden was released June 2010. She serves as the Coordinator of the Arkansas Master Gardener Program. She writes a weekly column for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and monthly for Arkansas Gardener magazine. Her call-in radio show is aired on the Arkansas Radio Network (ARN) from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Saturday mornings. A television show airs on KARK TV Mondays at noon and Tuesdays at 6:00 a.m. taped at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs.
Dr. Jane Stennett earned her B.A. in Secondary Education at Baylor University at Waco, Texas and taught high school in Midland, Texas. She went on to obtain an M.A. in Speech Psychology at Texas Technological University at Lubbock, Texas followed by a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at International College, Los Angeles, California. Dr. Jane’s 30 year counseling career has included radio, television, workshops and stress-management seminars. She currently serves Rayne Memorial Methodist Church in New Orleans, Louisiana as Church Counselor and Director of Seniors Ministries. She enjoys speaking to garden clubs throughout the South. Dr. Stennett stays grounded and relieves stress by growing all kinds of plants in her own back yard. Aunt Janie launched Tina Marie’s herbal career in 1971 by sending her out to snip chives for a family dinner.
Mary Evans is a lifelong, self-taught gardener. Mary began working as a floral designer and florist in 1980 and became a Master Gardener in Pulaski County in 1990. She worked for 10 years in a retail nursery as assistant manager and plant buyer. She has served on the Arkansas Flower & Garden Show board since 1998 and enjoys show garden design. Mary has been a garden instructor for Arkansas Extended Learning Center since 1996. Mary Evans owns her own gardening business “Garden Makeovers”, established in 2002. Though she specializes in “makeovers”, Mary takes on all kinds of projects, including design & installation, maintenance, herbs, perennials, roses, containers, water, habitats and etc.
Committee of 100 Herb Garden Committee—chaired by Patricia French—supports the Heritage Herb Garden by underwriting herb speakers, planning and hosting our dinner receptions, funding special garden projects and providing guidance and counseling.