Growing and Using Culinary Herbs Master Gardener Educational Program

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A presentation by Master Gardener Phil Roudebush

Growing herbs is often a fairly straightforward exercise but growing the right herbs to use in cooking can be more complex and sometimes overwhelming. Phil Roudebush will talk about growing and using herbs, focusing on their use in cooking and other household purposes. The talk is sponsored by the Transylvania County Extension Master Gardeners and is part of the monthly program of talks and demonstrations that will interest Master Gardeners, amateur gardeners, and the public at large. This is an in-person event, one of the first since Covid restrictions have been eased.

Herbs are commonly grown in gardens and containers for a variety of purposes. For use at home, herbs can be defined as any plant with leaves, stems, or flowers used for flavoring, food, drink, perfume, or medicine. This presentation will provide general information about growing herbs with a focus on the more common herbs used primarily for culinary purposes. You’ll get ideas about how to process and use culinary herbs year-round. Recipes for making various types of herb pesto, vinegar, butter, rubs, and oils will be discussed and provided in a handout.

Phil Roudebush is a Buncombe County Extension Master Gardener and has given a number of talks on culinary herbs. Phil is a native of Indiana and is a retired veterinarian. In the past, Phil enjoyed maintaining a large vegetable garden, herb garden, pumpkin patch, water garden, and a 30-acre native grass hay pasture. He was an Extension Master Gardener in Shawnee County, Kansas before moving to Asheville seven years ago and is now active as a volunteer in Buncombe County.

The talk is sponsored by the Transylvania County Extension Master Gardeners and will be on Tuesday, April 12th, from 10 to 11.00 a.m. and will be held in the Rogow Room in the Transylvania Public Library at 212 South Gaston Street in Brevard. The public is most welcome and there is no charge. Doors open at 9:30 for conversation and light refreshments. An informational handout will be included. Telephone the Transylvania Cooperative Extension at 828-884-3109 for any questions.