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Explore the Bounty of Herbs at McDaniel Farm

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Herbs, those mystical, magical, wild, exotic plants from around the world have been the currency of kings, the pharmacy of healers and the delight of cooks from the dawn of time.# The Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center (GEHC) hosts More Herbs, Less Salt program at McDaniel Farm on August 18 and August 25, 2012, to learn more about these valuable plants.

“Late summer is a great time to focus on garden herbs as they are at their peak for harvest,”# said Catherine Long, history and culture program manager for the GEHC. “If you have not had a chance to visit the heritage herb garden at McDaniel Farm, the More Herbs, Less Salt program will allow you to explore this local treasure.”#

Planted in the traditional style of yesterday”s herb gardens, the heritage herb garden showcases herbs from the medicinal, fragrant, decorative, and culinary categories. Grown from heritage seeds with no artificial fertilizers, the garden flourishes from early spring into late fall. Examples of herbs grown include soapwort, dill, comfrey, lavender, wooly thyme, basil, and the list goes on.

The More Herbs, Less Salt program will provide tours of the heritage herb garden and instruct guests on how to recognize common herbs and understand their many uses. The program will also showcase how consumers can identify and avoid salt in restaurant and pre-packaged foods.

“This is a great opportunity for guests and families to explore healthy seasoning options that are provided by nature and to learn a little about how our forefathers used herbs to resolve some basic needs,”# said Long.

The More Herbs, Less Salt program will run from 10 a.m. until noon on the following Saturdays: August 18 and 25. The cost for admission is $5 per person.# Guests are asked to pre-register and can do so at www.gwinnettEHC.org or by phone at 770.814.4920.

McDaniel Farm is located at 3251 McDaniel Road in Duluth, Georgia. For additional information, visit www.gwinnettEHC.org.