Talks for 2023
Our talks take place on the 4th Tuesday of the month (unless indicated otherwise below)
Our meetings start at 7.30pm, and will be conducted either in person at Abbots Leigh Village Hall BS8 3QP or by Zoom. Some talks are prearranged to take place by Zoom, while others may move to Zoom if the Covid situation changes - check this website shortly before each meeting for confirmation.
PLANTS FOR THE 17th CENTURY HOME - by Zoom
Acclaimed botanical author Margaret Willes tells us about 20 fascinating, lesser-known herbs from her recent book, The Domestic Herbal. This talk is a chance to learn about their interesting uses and cultural significance.
Herb Group members will receive free access to this Zoom meeting (annual membership gives you free entry to all meetings in 2023 and costs just £24 - join here).
Alternatively, to attend this specific Zoom event, you can buy a ticket for £5.
AROMATHERAPY TIPS FOR HEALTHY AGEING
In a change to our original speaker, we welcome aromatherapist Victoria Kubiak, who will give us some hints and tips for the use of aromatherapy to stay healthy as we grow older. Victoria will discuss various oils for issues such as circulation, arthritis and chest congestion, as well as simple massage techniques. This meeting will also include a plant sale.
HOPS FOR DIVERSE FLAVOURS
Hops are a herb with a long history. Local microbrewery The Portishead Brewing Company will bring beer samples for us to learn about the different flavours of hops, while herbalist Ann Freeman will tell us about the plant's many herbal uses (with sales).
18th July (3rd Tuesday)
AN EVENING OF HERBS IN THE BOTANIC GARDEN
PRESERVING HERBS FOR DECORATION AND FUNCTION
Bristol-based flower grower, forager and arranger Lily Bloom Floral will show us practical ways of harvesting and preserving herbs to maintain their colour, texture and scent, with ideas for using them creatively as well as for food and health.
17th October (3rd Tuesday)
GUT HEALTH AND FERMENTED FOOD
21st November (3rd Tuesday)
SUPER SOUPS FOR WINTER SUSTENANCE - by Zoom
Relax at home on a dark evening, while members of your committee share some favourite herby soup recipes on Zoom. Perfect for warming winter lunches!
Non-members who wish to attend this evening should email email@example.com before 12th November for details of how to pay, in order to be sent the Zoom link in time for the meeting.
5th December (1st Tuesday)
AGM AND CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
A herb-themed social evening, preceded by a short AGM.