Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Herb Day 2011 in Urbana, IL

The third Saturday in January, is the time for the yearly Herb Day, hosted by the University of Illinois, Urbana – Champaign. The event is held at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center, in the city of Urbana. Eric and I went for the first time, two years ago, enjoyed ourselves, immensely, planned on going last year, but the weather conspired against us. I was so disappointed as Susan Hess was scheduled to be one of the speakers! Well, this year, when Eric and I started making plans to go, he offered to treat us to overnight accommodations, which I readily accepted! It takes us two hours to drive there, so after leaving our home at 5:30 AM and attending the conference until 4:00, it was going to be a treat not to drive home in the cold and dark, like we did last time. Besides, Eric’s best buddies from college, Jackie and Brad, live close to Urbana and it would give us a chance to visit longer with them:)

There is a nice vendors room and we went there first, after checking in to the event, and getting our name tags and notebooks with the schedule of events and flyers about each presenter. These notebooks are just chocked full of recipes, information and nicely done pieces about each speakers speech. So we have 45 minutes. Let’s go stroll through the vendors area.

One of my favorite vendors Is Carolee Snyder and Chris Ferguson of Carolee’s Herb Farm. Eric and I have this farm on our list of places to visit:) We both got one of these gorgeous t-shirts, Carolee designed.


Farmbrook Designs were another vendor. Made me resolve to try my hand at the art form of hypertufa this year. There were such lovely pieces! 



There was a total of 15 vendors, and something for everyone:) From beautiful art work, to plants and seeds, tools for gardening, sheep poo fertilizer, books, lotions and potions and more!





I will be telling you more about Herb Day over the next few days.

Herbal Hugs to all who visit Comfrey Cottages!


Anke said...

What a fun event, I bet you learned a lot while attending. And how nice, that you didn't have to drive home afterward.

Comfrey Cottages said...

It was fun, Anke. I will be posting more about it! It was bliss just to crash at the hotel this year and not rush home. Like a mini vacation! xx

Rita M said...

Nice that you stayed two days Leslie.
It did look nice, you certainly had fun.

Hugs to you my friend :)

jdmiller said...

I so wanted to go this year, but it was not in the cards. I plan to get it on my calendar for next year, however.

Comfrey Cottages said...

Hugs to you dear Rita!! xxx It was a real treat to spend the night away from home:) A bed all to myself, with no kitties or hubby! lol I really spread out in the bed! lol xx
So very nice to meet you Joyce! I am following your blog now also:) xx Hopefully we can meet at next years event

ErikTyler said...

It nice to be able to get away for even an overnight. Leslie & I both enjoy these events we go to, & always learn something new. It was great to be able to visit with my friends & Brad made a good stew for dinner. We both got wonderful watercolour pictures from Jackie also, she's an artist. Very good time all around. ~ Erik

*Ulrike* said...

That sounds like you had a lot of fun Leslie, and also was best not to have to drive back home!

Charla said...

This is awesome!