Formed in 1987, the NorthEast Seacoast Unit is one of 46 units of the Herb Society of America. We are a 501 (c) 3 tax exempt organization dedicated to promoting the knowledge, use and delight of herbs.

The Society is interested in the history, cultivation and uses of herbs as flavoring agents; as medicinal, fragrant and dye plants; as ornamentals in garden design; as household aids, and as economic plants supplying products for modern industry. We are also committed to protecting our global environment. We encourage all gardeners to practice environmentally sound horticulture.

Our meetings are usually held in the evenings on the last Tuesday of the month in the Portsmouth, New Hampshire vicinity. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in growing and/or the use of herbs. Both experienced and novice gardeners are welcome. Our members volunteer their time and expertise to actively support the unit’s programs and projects.


• Sponsor an annual lecture series on various herbal topics held
  at Strawbery Banke Museum

• Participate in a monthly Herbal Study Group (members only)

• Hold an Herb Plant Sale and Market Place offering a wide
  selection of herbs and herbal products in May

• Volunteer to help maintain the Herb Garden at Strawbery Banke

• Support local public herb gardens as well as the Internship
  Program at the National Herb Garden in Washington DC

• Participate in Portsmouth’s Annual Fairy House Tour in
  September by building fairy houses for the herb garden.

• Fund a $1,000 horticultural scholarship for a second year
  student attending UNH Thompson School

• Participate in the Strawbery Banke Museum NH Fall Festival
  where we answer questions in the herb garden and help visitors
  make complementary herbal sachets and tussie-mussies.

Upcoming Events

  • Sat. May 13 9am to 1pm: Shop at our Annual Plant Sale and Marketplace
    held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 22 Fox Run Road, Newington, NH. We will have a large selection of herbs, native plants, scented geraniums, perennials and annuals.
  • Tues. May 23 at 7pm: Wicked Weeds
    Not all plants are benign, some herbs can be deadly and are associated with spells, incantations and the black arts. Other plants have developed methods of protection, from spines to skin irritants. Join us as Karen O’Brien, from Green Woman’s Garden, explores wicked weeds and discusses their historic uses for both good and evil. She will also delve into those pernicious plants that bedevil the gardener, such as bindweed, tickseed, and other obnoxious weeds.

Become a Member

  • Have all of the benefits of being part of a national organization while working locally with other members to promote the knowledge, use and delight of herbs. Membership is open to anyone interested in growing, using or studying herbs. We welcome both experienced and novice gardeners. Meetings are usually held on the last Tuesday evening of the month. For more information, click here to download the membership brochure.

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  • Disclaimer:
    It is the policy of the Herb Society of America not to advise or recommend herbs for medicinal or health use. Please consult a health care provider before pursuing any herbal treatments.