Schedule 2012 - 2013
September 2, 2012
water color painting
class with Lorna
October 7, 2012
November 4, 2012
Yoga in the Garden
December 2, 2012
Holly Berry Tea
January 6, 2013
Happy New Year
January 26, 2013
Rose Pruning Event
visit the OCHS
9 am - noon
in Santa Ana
February 3, 2013
Please bring tea
sandwiches or a dessert
March 3, 2013
Sq. foot Gardening
April 7, 2013
Time: 10 am
May 5, 2013
Pearson's Herb Farm
Alta Vista Botanical Gardens
June 1, 2013
Our meetings are free to guests. Please join us at the next meeting and speak to the membership chairperson about joining. Membership for the OCHS is only $20 per person or $30 for two members at the same address annually. Membership includes a monthly newsletter, discount on our field trip, and access to the OCHS library. The OCHS does not prorate dues and memberships expire in May.
The OCHS meets September through June on the first Sunday of each month at 1:00 p.m. The meetings are located in the Quilt Room or Carriage Barn at the
Click Here for a membership application.
3101 W. Harvard, Santa Ana (Orange County),
Go to www.heritagemuseumoc.org for more information.
Directions to the Museum
The OCHS is a garden club that promotes an interest in the knowledge and use of herbs for educational purposes.
Meeting may include:
The OCHS has a small library of herbal books available for members to check out. Library books are checked out for one month and are due at the next meeting. For a list of library books click on the books.
- Herbal Presentations
- Herbal Crafts
- Tea Parties
- Field Trips
Links of Interest: Links to Botanical Gardens, Arboretums, Nurseries, and Garden supplies.
Garden Events Calendar: Workshops, classes, garden shows, plant sales, etc. in and around Southern California.
Great Herbs to Plant this Spring:
Most herbs can be planted year round in Southern California..
- When Spring arrives so do the potted herbs at Nurseries and Garden shows. So this is a good time to plant and replace perennial herbs while there is a good supply.
The following plants should be in good supply; catmint, catnip, chamomile, chervil, feverfew, lavender, lemon balm, lemon grass, lemon verbena, marjoram, oregano, rosemary, sage, St. John's Wort, sweet woodruff, tansy, tarragon, thyme, and winter savory.
- Plant annual herbs, too. e.g. basil and summer savory.
- Herbs can also be planted by seed as early as March. Nasturtiums, garlic chives, mints, and basil grow well from seed.
- Give old woody herbs a good trim. New growth contains more essential oils and is preferred in cooking and potpourri.
- Cut chamomile, lemon balm, lemon grass, marjoram, mint, oregano, salad burnet, sorrel, St. Johns Wort, and water cress almost to the soil line.
- Cut chives to 3 inches above the ground after blooming.
- Cut thyme, sage, santolina, and southernwood by 1/3.
- Cut catmint, catnip, feverfew, lemon verbena, rosemary, rue, and tansy to half the plants original height.
- Prune lavender lightly and remove dead foliage by March or wait until July. Add mulch to the soil around lavender.
- Fertilize your herbs with an organic fertilizer.
- During the spring add compost or mulch to So. California soil, which is alkaline in pH. Compost and mulch will help to aerate the soil and lower the pH. Compost and mulch will also help the soil retain water. Do not add lime (Calcium Carbonate) to So. California soil because it will make the soil even more alkaline. Soils in the mid-west and mountain regions are acidic and need to be supplemented with lime to raise the pH.
- Keep new plants watered well. California doesn't always get April showers.
- Control snails and slugs, before they take over your herb garden.
- Eliminate weeds, roots and all, before they flower. Weed seeds can last for several years.
- At 12 noon on June 15th set your sundial for 12:00 to get an accurate time reading throughout the summer.
- Use Spring prunings to make potpourri.