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June 2021
Our annual soup tasting month went over with everyone commenting on the three delicious soups they sampled.  Thanks to the committee members who always come up with unique soup themes and produce herbal tastes for all of us to enjoy!

May 2021
A scheduled presenter couldn't make our May meeting so again one of our members stepped up and gave us a stimulating presentation.  Hanna Emke introduced us to 6 herb plants that have extremely powerful healing qualities.  She brought along samples that we could see, feel and smell.  Excellent presentation.

March 2021
We had an unexpected speaker cancellation but members, Helen and  Carmel talked about their experiences with Komubucha letting us know what to do and how to produce this delicious healthy drink.  
Sheila stepped up and gave us her take on Sissinghurst and Barnsley House gardens in England.  
For being a spur of the moment program it was a 'bang on' success.

Check out the beautiful rose bouquets that were on our Sales Table and made by Di Jennings.

February 2021
Our regular meeting started at the centre with the usual program and after tea, we all headed out and enjoyed our visit this month to three very different and unique gardens. Gardens that belong to three of our own members.  
A shout out of thanks goes out to:  Jude and Vic Young, in Avion Terrace, Sandra and Kevin Bly at Monarch Place and 
Isobel Gosling in Waikanae 

During the year we have food, a gift raffle and plants galore for sale for $2.00 each.  

Come and join our friendly 'Herby' group

December 2020
We all enjoyed our Christmas celebration with each other.  The food was brought by all members and what a buffet array.
Quizzes, discussions, and just plain good fun were enjoyed by all. 

September 2020
Mike King gave us an overall view of his work as a wild forager and an introduction to his business 'Finders eaters Foraging'. You can check out this on Facebook and read about his experiments with various spices for ice cream and/or sorbet flavours which are documented on this site.
Hopefully, you all enjoyed his interview on 'Country Calendar' this year!

August 2020
Cannabinoids to combat chronic inflammation and pain;  this was the subject of the presentation in August.  It was interesting when the owners of Hebe Botanicals, Sandy and Steve mentioned how inflammation could be the root cause of so many illnesses and the fact that cannabinoids could be pain relief for so many diseases.  
Also intriguing to know we have different pain pathways in our bodies.           

April 2020
Our meeting included discussions, questions and answers on three common herbs and one to discover and learn about.  We've chosen four herbs we can all review and appreciate more after learning new facts about: blackberry/raspberry, ginger, apple and tataramoa.

August 2019                                     
40th  ANNIVERSARY  Celebrations
Our meeting was led by Beryl Fletcher and well attended.  What a surprise to have some past members share their stories with the current society members.  
What a memorable day it was with a beautiful white and blue cake being served as part of our celebration of 40 years!

July 2019 

At our July meeting Nisa Promchot, a librarian with the Kapiti Coast DC gave us a talk on an initiative she is putting in place at all the libraries in the district.

A seedbox or basket will be available at the library for gardeners, growers, and herbies who would like to contribute spare seeds of herbs, vegetables or flowers to share with others.

Lisa’s positive attitude and enthusiasm for this project were infectious, leaving us with a desire to help spread and protect plants and varieties of vegetables that do well in this area.

For more information, Nisa can be contacted on 04 2964601 

October 2018 Bus Trip

Such an enjoyable for all who came and we visited four different places and ate very well I might add.The first stop was at Eva Orchids, then 100+1 Plants, The Winemakers Daughter for lunch, the Apple Quarters Cafe, and our last stop was Big Mac Slabs.

September 2018

We enjoyed an interesting morning with Cheryl from Mitre 10 bringing along some Italian herbs that can be used on pizzas. Not only displaying the herbs but pizzas were made with some of them for our morning tea!  Thanks, Diane for bringing along the pizza bases both thin and gluten-free based crusts.

Sweet treats displayed above were brought by Marie so we had quite a delicious tea..   
Robyn stayed with the theme of Italian herbs and gave us a running commentary on oregano.

August 2018  

Kapiti Herb Society Inc held its 39th AGM on 14th of August to report on the activities for the year 2017-18 and prepare for the coming year. 

All the current committee members have agreed to stand again and their election en masse was accepted by the meeting.

The morning proceeded with Herb of the Month, sorrel, by Mary Dwen and an amusing summary of the newsletters by Beryl Fletcher. 

Karina Hilterman gave us a PowerPoint presentation on 'First Aid for People and Plants' with information about using herbs for natural first-aid. Karina’s knowledge and the valuable wealth of information was mind-blowing.  Check out the Bay Tree editions to view in detail the presentation.

July 2018

We had an inspiring speaker in Daisy Wood who spoke about a variety of herbs that have a particular value in warding off winter ills.
  She passed around samples of different dried herbs to taste and provided the tea for our morning break. Who would have thought that a blend of elder, linden yarrow and liquorice could make such a delicious tea concoction?


Her talk gave us an example of how delicious herbs could be part of our wellness routine in winter.  Along with the tea ingredients another herb she talked about at length was echinacea and how it protects and enhances the immune system, alleviates cold and flu symptoms.

Garlic also is a low calorie antioxidant and possesses antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.  An interesting anecdote she mentioned will be encouraging to all chock owners…

‘Garlic cloves are ideal to put in the water to protect your chocks against mites’


Our June 2018 was the 'SOUP LUNCHEON'  

We didn't have any speakers and enjoyed the company of our fellow members.


May, 2018
Our guest speaker, Dorothy Kane, an ex-chemistry teacher, brought along a natural fibre jersey
she made with natural dyes. She discussed the process of dyeing while using different parts of the plant then using a fixative to complete the process to create different shades and colours. 
One set of samples was dyed using the same plant with different mordents to show the variety 
of shades that could be obtained. 
When using raw fleece one can create colours using vegetables, flowers, weeds, herbs, or lichens.
Carmel expanded on some of the herbs that could be used for producing a wide range of colours and showed us the plant dying colour wheel.

April, 2018 

We enjoyed the ‘Bounty of Summer’.  Members brought along various jams, (both fruit and savoury), vinegar, pickled cabbage, basil pesto, infused oils and even a fortified sherry.  Tomatoes being a good producer for some this year displaying several sauces and relishes.  We had tastes of chili jam on crackers;  also dehydrated chewy orange and grapefruit slices. What a table display we had with wooden spoons for sampling anything and everything.

December 2016

Our Christmas meeting was held at the beautiful Lavender Creek Farm, located in Te Horo, with 30 members attending.  We enjoyed a welcome cup of punch on arrival.  Suzie White gave us an interesting insight to life on the lavender farm and to the various types of lavender and their uses.  We followed this up with a ramble through her heritage beds answering some rather cryptic questions based on the names of some of the 300 lavender varieties Suzie has growing.  The pot luck lunch was superb, such a wonderful variety of food brought along by everyone.  I can guarantee nobody went home hungry.  That was the end of our programme for 2016, we look forward to meeting up again in February. 

A welcome glass of punch in the gazebo

November 2016
We held a herb potting and propagation workshop.  Members brought cuttings and root divisions from their own gardens to share with others.  The weather was kind to us and we were able to move outside for the rather busy and messy business of potting.  A huge variety of herbs were shared -  mint, parsley, rosemary, lemon balm, calendula, yarrow - even some stinging nettle.
May 2016
The planned talk by Sarah Hodge and Keith Moyle had to be changed due to Keith's wife having an accident and he could not attend. However Sarah did come to see us and gave us a very entertaining talk on creating a wedding bouquet from flowers and foliage she had gathered from her garden. Her style of bouquet is free form and very, very beautiful - but if you want a formal highly structured arrangement this would not be your cup of tea!  Sarah was a delight as usual and she and Keith will present their talk later in the year.  

April 2016
We had a wonderful cooking demonstration this month.  Mena from Sai Spice and Superette in Paraparaumu showed us how to use spices to create two tasty and aromatic Indian recipes.  The first was a drink made from diluted yogurt with spices and coriander added - very refreshing.  The second recipe was for a khydgaree cooked in a pressure cooker.  The aroma of the spices as they were cooked through rice and dhal was mouth-watering.  We were all able to sample both recipes.  Thank you Mena for a very informative demonstration. 
A few of our members are now interested in attending your cooking classes at the Community Centre commencing in June. 

Mena explaining the use of spices in Indian cooking.
Such a shame you can't experience the delicious aromas.

November 2015

The November meeting incorporated an informative talk by Anne Bennett on the history uses and medicinal properties of essential oils, focusing on those that are herb-based. She passed around samples on wooden sticks so we could experience the scents of various oils including bergamot and geranium.

 Anne showing us the basis of aromatherapy.
 Anne addressing the group and passing around oil samples to smell
October 2015
Sarah Hodge giving us a very entertaining talk on propagation using roots and cuttings at the October 2015 meeting, then assisting with the herb identification quiz.
July 2015 - AGM.
Retiring committee members Margaret Dagarin and Carmel Wilkinson receive tokens of appreciation for their contribution to the successful running of the Kapiti Herb Society at the July 2015 AGM meeting.

 Margaret receiving her lifetime membership
 and Carmel receiving her gift

 May 2015                                                         
Annette Lole Karepa gives an entertaining and informative  talk on the wonderous coconut at the May 2015 meeting.