Formed in 1987, the NorthEast Seacoast Unit is one of 47 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 through educational programs, research, and sharing the experience of our members with the community.

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.

We:

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

• Participate in a monthly Herbal Study Group (for 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 Museum.

• 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

• 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 about the herb garden, help visitors make complementary herbal sachets and Tussie-Mussies and sell our herbal products and crafts.

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, January 27: Saving Seeds and Harvesting History
    A tremendous amount of information is held within the confines of a seed. Not only its genetic makeup and characteristic traits make a tomato taste like a tomato, but also the plant’s natural and human-selected evolution play their parts. Why are only certain varieties available from the seed companies? Why are backyard gardeners enamored with heirloom vegetables? Olivia Saunders from UNH Cooperative Extension will answer these questions while telling the story of the American seed industry. She will also go over seed harvesting basics so you can become a seed saver yourself.

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.

  • 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.

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