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Herb Society Cultivates Learning, Friendships

This pink coneflower is among many blooms found in Herb Society member Pauline Henry’s garden in St. Clairsville. (Photo) by Tiffany Bumgardner)

Many find tending to gardens in the warm months of the year to be relaxing and an enjoyable way to pass the time, and members of the local Herb Society are among those who relish getting their hands in fresh dirt and watching plants bloom under their care.

It isn’t about being knowledgeable, said club president Jeanie Wright.

“We do not claim to know everything, and the society is about learning. I often get behind someone who is more knowledgeable than I and ask what a certain plant is,” Wright said.

She spoke about the group during the club’s annual visit to members’ personal gardens, which rotates every year between Ohio and West Virginia members.

This year, members toured Ohio gardens and were treated to a visit to member Lee Ann Cox’s herb garden on National Road in St. Clairsville. In addition to Cox’s garden, members visited five-year Herb Society member Pauline Henrys garden on Walnut Avenue.

“I love being a part of the Herb Society,” said Henry, an herb and gardening enthusiast. “In my garden, you will see how I live. I take special joy in having my morning coffee in the garden, turning music on and watching the birds.”

Members took in the rich, vibrant colors of her plants, the fountain within her garden and the wonderful layout of her garden oasis.

The Herb Society meets at 10:30 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month in the Garden Center at Oglebay Park in Wheeling.

“We usually get here at 10 a.m. and work in the herb garden at Oglebay for a half an hour, getting our hands dirty and chatting before the meeting,” said Wright. “This group never fails to amaze me how much fun they can be!”

She said the society has about 30 members and is open to anyone who wants to join.

“We gladly welcome any new members with or without knowledge on herbs and gardening,” according to both Henry and Wright.

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