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.

Here is a printable PDF version of our programme. You may need to download Acrobat Reader to read this.

January 28th

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.

February 25th

CHOCOLATE!

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.

March 24th

*CANCELLED* HERBS TO SAVOUR AND FLAVOUR

Our very own President, the herb expert, author and broadcaster Jekka McVicar, revisits her passion for herbs in cookery.

April 28th

*CANCELLED* MAGICAL MICROGREENS

Marijo and Jessica Jubic of Metro Greens Farm in Bristol bring us up to date with these young greens that are full of nutrients and flavour, but grown without soil or chemicals. 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.

June 23rd

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.

September 22nd

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.

October 20th (3rd Tuesday)

BOTANICAL FOLK TALES

Story teller Lisa Schneidau, the author of ‘Botanical Myths of Britain and Ireland’, reminds us of our rich heritage of plant folklore.

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.