As a part of the Herb Society of America, the NorthEast Seacoast Unit is dedicated to promoting the knowledge, use and delight of herbs through educational programs, research, and sharing the experience of our members with the community.
Formed in 1987, we are a nonprofit corporation in the State of New Hampshire. Although we may be one of the smaller units of the Herb Society of America, our ratio of active members to members makes us one of the more active units in the Society!
We are located on the seacoast of New Hampshire and most of our meetings are held in the Portsmouth vicinity. 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 which is held at
• Strawbery Banke Museum
• Hold an Herb Plant Sale and Market Place offering a wide selection of herbs and
• herbal products in May
• Participate in Portsmouth’s Annual Fairy House Tour in September
• Support local public herb gardens as well as the Internship Program at the National
• Herb Garden in Washington DC
• Fund a horticultural scholarship for a student attending UNH Thompson School
• Participate in the Strawbery Banke NH Fall Festival where we give tours of the herb
• garden, help visitors make herbal sachets and Tussie-Mussies and sell our herbal
• products and crafts.
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.
One of the more fun projects that the Unit does is to build herbal themed fairy houses which are placed in the herb garden at Strawbery Banke Museum during the Fairy House Tour which is held every September in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The Fairy House Tour is a fund raiser for various local non-profits including Strawbery Banke and draws thousands of visitors each year.
Last year we turned the herb garden into a fairy habitat and built four structures: a lounge area, an eat-in-kitchen, a bedroom and a bathroom. We incorporated as many herbs as we could into the design of each structure. We used dried angelica and lovage stems for framing for several structures, sage and golden rod for roofing and shingles, bay leaves as chair cushions, lavender and yarrow as decorative accents in the rooms.
This year we turned the herb garden into a fairy marketplace. We built a tea house, an herb shop, a yarn shop, and a dress shop. The tea shop sold herbal teas, had tables made out of sand dollars and tea pots made out of acorns. The yarn shop had a loom made out of twigs, a spinning wheel made out of orange peel, walnut shell bins filled with sheep fleece and milkweed seedpod bins filled with plant dyed yarns.
The herb themed fairy houses are a big hit and draw a large crowd of visitors into the herb garden. It is great fun to create the fairy houses and even more fun to watch all the children – young and old- enjoy our creations!
Thanks to everyone who shopped at our 2013 Herb Plant Sale and Marketplace. Proceeds from this event will support our lecture series and a UNH scholarship for a horticultural student. Our next plant sale is scheduled for May, 2014. Details will be posted as they become available. We hope to see you there.
• The Herb Society of America
• New England Unit of the Herb Society of America
• Connecticut Unit of the Herb Society of America
• The National Herb Garden
• Strawbery Banke Museum
• Massachusetts Horticultural Society
It is the policy of the Herb Society of America not to advise or recommend herbs for medicinal or health care use.