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Abington Journal/Joan Mead-Matsui	Shown from left are Susan Jennings, co-chair; Mary Hart, secretary Friends of the Dalton Community Library; and Bonnie Flynn, committee member. Standing same order, Janet Geeza, co-chair; Mary Ann Ketchur, committee member; Leonard Janus, Herbalist; Diana Dakey, volunteer/publicity; and Cynthia Holbert, chairperson Friends of the Dalton Community Library.
Abington Journal/Joan Mead-Matsui Shown from left are Susan Jennings, co-chair; Mary Hart, secretary Friends of the Dalton Community Library; and Bonnie Flynn, committee member. Standing same order, Janet Geeza, co-chair; Mary Ann Ketchur, committee member; Leonard Janus, Herbalist; Diana Dakey, volunteer/publicity; and Cynthia Holbert, chairperson Friends of the Dalton Community Library.
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Planting season has arrived and if the garden is looking sparse, or in need of a pick-me-up, May 18, 9 a.m. to noon, Dalton Fire Hall, you will have an opportunity to stock up on herbs and plants at the 4th Annual Dalton Community Library’s Herb and Plant Festival.


A lecture at 9:30 a.m. with Maureen Rogers, “Herbal Remedies for Everyday Mishaps (and a Bit More)” is also part of the day’s lineup. Rogers is part of the largest trade association for the herb industry with approximately 1,000 members in business since 1990, and has spent most of her adult life sowing her passion for herbs and a passion for small businesses. Additional information regarding Rogers is available at herbworld.com.


Master gardeners will also be on hand with handouts and information.


The idea for an herb and plant festival grew out of a desire to find a spring festival fundraising idea for the library and money raised will benefit the Friends of the Dalton Community Library to fund library projects as requested.


Among the herbs provided by Spring Thyme Nursery, Dillsburg, will be Basil, Cilantro, Lavender, Lemon Verbena, Lovage, Mint, Oregano, Parsley, Pineapple Sage, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon and Thyme. And as for the selection of other plants, co-chair, Janet Geeza said you will find, “What our dear contributing friends dig up out of their yards.”


“Last year friends and patrons donated a plentiful assortment of plants such as butterfly bushes, chives, lilies…It is never the same…,” said Geeza.


Herbal-related snacks will also be provided free to festival patrons, with donations accepted. In the past, some of the beverages and snacks have included herbal iced tea, coffee, tea, dips and cookies.


A basket raffle featuring some gardening related items will be held .


Also planned in Dalton May 18 is a two-mile yard sale along North Turnpike Road.


For more information, contact Janet Geeza at 570.563.2606.


 
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