Western Reserve Herb Society


The Western Reserve Herb Society (WRHS), a non-profit organization, is a unit of The Herb Society of America. WRHS is dedicated to promoting the knowledge, use and delight of herbs through educational programs, research, and public outreach.

 Updated 6/23/2018

Now in Bloom in the Culinary Garden: Salvia sclarea (Clary sage)

Have you ever noticed a plant that was new to you and wondered what kind of plant it is, why is it in this garden and what are it’s uses? Clary sage is just such a plant that one of our members, Kate Williams, noticed in the Culinary Garden Section of the WRHS Herb Garden, Cleveland Botanical Garden, almost twenty five years ago. She loves this plant for it’s architectural shape and gorgeous flowers, that bloom June to late August, and is an excellent border plant. Salvia sclarea has a long history of use as a medicinal herb, but current uses are primarily as an herbal flavoring for foods, muscatel flavoring for wines, vermouths and liqueurs and as an aromatic additive to soaps, perfumes and cosmetics. And it is loved by Pollinators, especially Butterflies. This plant is propagated from seedlings or seeds.  Do not confuse this plant with Salvia horminum that has the same common name- Salvia sclarea ( Clary sage). It is a smaller plant.

Photo and commentary courtesy of Kate Williams

Annual May Luncheon

The Honorary Members took center stage at the annual May luncheon as Donna Agan was welcomed into this special group and all Honorary Members were gifted with beautiful tussle mussies courtesy of Unit Chair, Kathleen Gips. The room was lovely with gorgeous centerpieces crafted by WRHS’s talented members.

Photo courtesy of Kathleen Gips

Save the Date:

73rd Annual Herb Fair, Saturday, October 13, 2018

Check out Plans for the 50th Anniversary of the Herb Garden by Clicking on the Garden Tab

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