HERB CAPITAL OF OHIO
The Herb Center is located in the City of Gahanna — the Herb Capital of
Ohio — just east of downtown Columbus and adjacent to Port Columbus
International Airport in the heart of Gahanna. The Nafzger-Miller house,
in which the Herb Center is located, is listed in the National Register
of Historical Places with the original structure being built in 1855
and additions made to the home in 1910. The center includes a gift shop,
parlor and kitchen and is used for classes, parties, meetings and
Gahanna was declared the Herb Capital of Ohio by the state legislature in 1972. Jane "Bunnie" Geroux spearheaded the effort and later founded the Ohio Herb Education center. In celebration of this great distinction, the Gahanna Municipal Gardens were installed next to city hall, at 206 S. Hamilton Road, in 1975. They were officially dedicated and named the Geroux Herb Garden in 2002. This beautiful one acre garden features several themed areas including Biblical, Scented, Meditative, Medicinal and Culinary gardens. The gardens are open to the public.
GAHANNA HERB GROUP
The Gahanna Herb Group is a 5-month program that focuses on herbs and their uses. Beginning in January, students will study in depth one herb as well as learn hands-on techniques from the culinary, wellness and craft areas. Herbs will be looked at from botanical, historical, folkloric, wellness and energetic points of view. This cooperative learning environment will also have membership to an online web group featuring reference sources, educational videos, informative guides and access to the Herb Center staff. This learning group is for individuals who would like to dedicate time to earn a deeper understanding of all things herbal. Come and join us at one of our open houses to learn more.
Benefits include: fresh or dried herbs for home practice; exclusive binder for organization and class materials, 10% off all gift shop items, discount on Herb Center classes and unlimited access to online web group.
Fourth Thursdays of the month
Time: 6:30 to 8:00PM
Drop in opportunities may be available after the program has already begun.
To educate the public about the benefits and various
uses of herbs in everyday life. We define herbal education in the
following categories: Tea, Gardening, Traditional Medicines, Culinary
Develop a reputation as an herb resource center for the Gahanna community-at-large, as well as for the state of Ohio.
Provide a unique group experience for tours and other outreach opportunities.
Maintain a retail shop that reflects of mission and values.
Relationships with local businesses and speakers, locally made products
Using resources wisely through reduce, reuse and recycle concepts
High quality education that introduces the public to new ideas