ILLINOIS VALLEY HERB GUILD
The Illinois Valley Herb Guild will host its annual plant sale and herb faire from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 12, rain or shine in the gymnasium at St. Bede Academy.
More than 50 varieties of herbs will be available, from common herbs like basil, rosemary and lavender to more unusual species such as pennyroyal and patchouli. Most herbs will be sold in 4-inch pots for $3.50, with bay trees and scented geraniums selling for slightly higher.
For those new to herb gardening, herb guild members wearing bright green T-shirts will be on hand with expert advice. St. Bede student volunteers will help carry plants to the car.
Vendors will be selling garden plants, essential oils, jewelry, alpaca fleece products, photography, textiles, handmade pottery and wood crafts, yard art and other gardening accessories. The St. Bede Academy Science Club will be selling heirloom tomatoes and other vegetables they started from seed, as well as handcrafted birdhouses. There also will be a concession stand with food and homemade baked goods and St. Bede baker Fr. Dominic, “The Bread Monk,” will have herb breads for sale.