The New England Unit is the founding unit of The Herb Society of America. In 1933, seven women formed an educational society dedicated to the study and use of herbs. The Society has grown from one unit to 45, and from the initial seven members to approximately 2,300 members in the United States, Canada and other countries. The National Headquarters is now located in Kirtland, Ohio (near Cleveland). The New England Unit has about fifty members, living mostly in Massachusetts.
The Herb Society of America was founded for the purpose of furthering the knowledge and use of herbs, and for contributing the results of the experience and research of its members to the records of horticulture, science, literature, history, the arts and economics. The motto of The Society is taken from the herbalist, John Parkinson, Herbs "For Use and For Delight." The Society is concerned with the cultivation of herbs and with the study of their history and their uses, both past and present.
The New England Unit of The Herb Society of America is dedicated to promoting the knowledge, use and delight of herbs through educational programs, research and sharing the experience of its members with the community.
The Society is committed to protecting our global environment for the health and well-being of humankind and all growing things. We encourage gardeners to practice environmentally sound horticulture.
Membership is open to anyone interested in growing, using or studying herbs. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, physical handicap, color, religion, sex or national origin. Members of The New England Unit actively participate and support the programs of the Unit and projects of The Herb Society of America by contributing time and expertise. This includes volunteering in the Teaching Herb Garden and helping at our annual Herb Plant Sale. There are many avenues for educational growth, including symposia, workshops, tending public herb gardens, newsletters, lectures and meetings. The membership application form is now posted online.