The History of the Herb Guild


Our Guild was formed in 1978. meetings were held in members’ homes and, as membership grew, it became necessary to hold meetings in larger facilities. Through the years we have met at Ohio Bank Community Room in North Olmsted,; North Olmsted, Rocky River and Fairview Park Libraries; The Community House of Bay Village; and Church of the Redeemer and Prince of Peace Church in Westlake. Currently, our home is The Porter Library in Westlake. We meet on the second Wednesday of each month. Board meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month, and all members are welcome to attend these also. We usually hold a picnic meeting at one of the metro parks.
The purpose of the Herb Guild has been to further our knowledge of herbs while promoting interest in their culture and uses. In order to achieve this purpose, members are expected to contribute their time and talents. We share knowledge with each other and our communities.
We exchange ideas with other herb societies as well. Educational programs are presented at our monthly meetings. Educational trips and seminars are eagerly awaited each year. Many of our members have presented instructional programs to various clubs, church groups, libraries, schools, and other gatherings in the Ohio area. We have prepared displays at county fairs, The Cleveland Botanical Gardens, Y-Camp days, and facilities featuring herbal products. Publications by members and newspaper articles featuring members and their gardens or crafts fill our scrapbooks and albums. In our early years we established an herb garden at Stearns Farm. We currently maintain the herb garden at Rose Hill in Cahoun Park, Bay Village. We continue to see a remarkable interest in acquiring knowledge of all things herbal in the past several decades.
The Herb Guild is incorporated in the State of Ohio, and is a non-profit tax exempt organization. Dues vary for Active and Associate Members. We are affiliated with the Cleveland Botanical Garden, The Garden Clubs of Ohio and many members are also members of The Herb Society of America. The monthly Thyme-Wise newsletter is sent to members.
Our publications have included: Picnic Thyme (1982), Get Acquainted with Herbs (1983), More Culinary Herbs (1984). Our first cookbook An Herbal Celebration (1988) sold two thousand copies. In 1998 our second cookbook was, Thymely Recipes from the Herb Guild. In 2007 a booklet of soup recipes was available at our annual scholarship luncheon held on the First Wednesday in August. Our most recent cookbook Thyme and Again was printed in 2013 to commemorate our 35th anniversary.