Talks for 2020
Our talks take place on the 4th Tuesday of the month (unless indicated otherwise below)
Our meetings start at 7.30pm, and are held at Abbots Leigh Village Hall BS8 3QP
You don't have to pre-book seats - just turn up
Each evening starts with the opportunity to enjoy a cup of herb tea, meet people with similar interests and swap ideas.
You can become a member at any of our meetings, or simply come as a visitor (£5 per meeting) without joining.
THE WONDER OF PLANTS
Our 25th anniversary year begins by celebrating plants in their many dimensions. Herbalist and founder member of the West of England Herb Group Ann Freeman looks at themes and highlights from our memorable talks and outings.
Zara’s Chocolates of Southville is renowned for excellent chocolate and delicious, innovative flavour combinations. Zara will look at herbal flavours for chocolate, and the local history of her craft. With sales.
May 19th (3rd Tuesday)
MYTHICAL HERBS OF GREECE
Professor Helen King is a classicist with a particular interest in the history of medicine, and the author of many books. Join her on a herbal journey through the Greek myths.
AN EVENING IN THE HERB GARDEN
We mark 25 years of the Herb Group with an evening of herbal joy in the Western Herb Garden at the University of Bristol Botanic Garden. Join us for food and refreshments and to dedicate a seat in memory of our founder, Paddy Dadd. 7.00pm start, members only.
July 21st (3rd Tuesday)
INKS FROM PLANTS
Botanical artist and designer Babs Behan runs Botanical Inks, a natural dye studio in Bristol. She discusses how to transform locally foraged wild plants, garden produce and plant waste into dyes and inks.
HERBAL SOAPS AND BATH BOMBS
Lucy Litchfield tells us about the natural, ethical products she makes from high quality ingredients, such as her goats' milk soaps and vegan bath bombs. Each is designed with the benefits of aromatherapy in mind. With sales.
November 17th (3rd Tuesday)
HERBS FOR STRESS
Medical herbalist Chris Roe of the Hedgeroe Apothecary will discuss the effects of stress on the body, how our temperament can influence our reaction to stress, and how we can use herbs to mitigate its effects.
December 1st (1st Tuesday)
AGM AND CHRISTMAS SUPPER
A herb-themed bring and share supper to round off the year, preceded by a short AGM.