Society meeting features ‘Shakers and Their Herbs’

Dr. Mary Bellis Williams will present a program on “Shakers and Their Herbs” at the Thursday, April 24, meeting of the Herb Society of America.

The program begins at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Burden Conference Center, 4560 Essen Lane. The cost is $5; free for society members.

The Shakers were important in America because they hybridized valuable crops, vegetables and fruit trees; developed improved farm animal stock; and developed the first viable commercial herb business in America. In the 19th century, medicine was primarily herbal, and the Shakers grew, packaged and shipped herbs all over the U.S. There will be handouts of Shaker recipes and information.

Williams will present a short history of the religious sect and how their faith came to define their work and developed their reputation for great products. There will also be herb plants for sale before and after the meeting. For more information, visit