Make a May Basket Workshop

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April showers bring May flowers, as the saying goes.  Use those flowers to make a beautiful May basket.  Learn more about May baskets at the May 11 meeting of the Chesapeake Bay Herb Society from member Mary Jo.

She will discuss the history of such baskets and give a demonstration and workshop on decorating of your own basket.  If you are interested in making your own, bring a basket or container filled with wet floral foam.  (If your container doesn’t have a liner, lay a piece of plastic on the bottom and wrap your foam in Saran wrap or something that you can poke holes into.)  Any other means that you usually use to anchor flowers is fine, too.  Bring flowers, herbs, plants — whatever you would like to decorate with and whatever is available in your yard and garden or at your favorite floral shop.  Remember to bring enough to fill the container that you are using.  A pair of plant shears will be helpful.  She will bring extra boxwood if anyone needs filler.

Kubeluis moved to the Eastern Shore in 1999 along with 100 of her favorite plants and herbs from her Bowie garden.  An amateur gardener for several years, she found many kindred spirits here on the shore and joined the Greenthumb Garden Club in St. Michaels, took the Master Gardening Class in 2003 and has continued to volunteer and garden in the area and her own home.

“I have always loved mixing herbs in my perennial gardens for their beauty and aroma.  Since joining the CBHS in 2004, I have discovered the enjoyment of cooking with herbs as well as learning of their medicinal and restorative value,” she says.

The society usually meets the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at Christ Church, 111 S. Harrison Street, Easton.  Meetings include an herbal potluck dinner, a short business meeting and a presentation on an herb-related topic.  The theme for the May meeting is herbs for the zodiac sign Taurus (mint, thyme, violet and lavender).

CBHS was formed in 2002 to share knowledge of herbs with the local community.  The group maintains the herb garden at Pickering Creek Audubon Center.

For more information, call (410) 827-5434 or visit www.ChesapeakeBayHerbSociety.org.

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