March 17 - March 18, 2017
22nd Annual Herbal Forum at Round Top
Featured Presentations by Angela Chandler, Linda Franzo, Bill McKinley,
Molly Ogorzaly, Henry Flowers
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Coriander / Cilantro - Herb of 2017

22nd Annual Herbal Forum: March 18, 2017
with Optional Workshops on Friday, March 17

Join us as we explore the world of herbs and grow in knowledge and understanding while learning exciting new ways to utilize these plants.

Presenters: Angela Chandler, Linda Franzo, Bill McKinley, Molly Ogorzaly and Henry Flowers  Biographies below.

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Registration fee includes complimentary Saturday lunch and participation in all Saturday events. Registration Fee is Required to Purchase Friday Meals and Workshops. You are NOT included in the Friday Meal or Workshop count until you pay your Registration Fee. An extra fee of $40 per workshop is required to participate in the workshops.

Four workshops are being offered on Friday, March 17, starting at 1:00 pm and again at 3:30 pm. Participation in the workshops is limited to Herbal Forum registrants and is by reservation only on a first-come first-served basis. Each workshop is limited to 20 participants. See description of workshops below.

The last event of the day on Saturday, "Wonderful Ways with Herbs," includes demonstrations by some of our fellow herb enthusiasts on the many ways in which herbs can be utilized--in foods, in crafts, in medicine, and more. If you would like to be a demonstrator for this program please contact Henry at

For information regarding the 22nd Annual Herbal Forum, please contact Henry Flowers, Herbal Forum Director, at or leave a message at 979-249-3129.

Registration for the forum and optional workshops, and reservations for the Friday meals may be made here online by clicking the "View Prices and Purchase" button above or by calling 979-249-3129. Payment may be made with MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express, or by check payable to The James Dick Foundation. Deadline to register is Friday, March 10, 2017.

Overnight accommodations are no longer available on the Festival Hill campus. Visit the Round Top Chamber of Commerce website for lodging in the area.

Cancellation Policy:
A 20% fee will be deducted from all refunds requested on or before March 10, 2017. No refunds can be given after March 10, 2017.

Concert Hall Location: 248 Jaster Rd, Round Top, TX 78954
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Culinary Cultures -The Way of the Bubble!
     Presented by Linda Franzo, Owner of The Passionate Platter

Follow the way of the tiny bubbles to add effervescence to everyday food for a more flavorful and healthy diet. Learn how to use naturally occurring probiotics to ferment cabbage, cucumbers, milk and flour into sauerkraut, pickles, yogurt and bread. Have the "Good Guts" to party! Guests will learn how to ferment and will taste a menu of Easy Peasy Greek Yogurt in Herbal Yogurt Cheese, "Whey To Go" Bread, Greek Yogurt Cup with Honey Drizzle and Fruit, Pucker Pickles and Baby Choucroute Garnie (that's French for sauerkraut and baby sausage). See you in the Food Lab! $40 participation fee (includes materials). Each workshop is limited to 20 participants.

Branching Out: Using Sticks, Twigs and Branches to Enhance Your Designs
     Presented by Bill McKinley, Director of The Benz School of Floral Design at Texas A&M University

Each participant will create a garden-styled floral design using provided materials. Techniques for incorporating sticks, twigs and branches will be highlighted. Participants should bring their own tools for cutting flowers and branches. $40 participation fee (includes materials). Each workshop is limited to 20 participants.

Jammin' and Jellin' with Herbs
     Presented by Billi Parus, Owner of Lavender House in Virginia Beach, Virginia

Are you intimidated by the process of making jams and jellies? Do you want to learn how to successfully make fun and flavorful herbal jams and jellies? If you answered yes to either question then this is the workshop for you. In this workshop, Billi will dispel many jelly making myths and share secrets from the world of professional jelly making. You will learn tried and true successful herb jelly/jam recipes; how to infuse herb flavor in "oldie but goldie family jelly recipes;" and most importantly, how to correct the jelly when it DOES NOT SET!!!  You will make jelly to take home, sample jelly/jam with several foods, and top it off with lots of recipes. $40 participation fee (includes materials). Each workshop is limited to 20 participants.

Making Your Own Self - Watering Containers
     Presented by Angela Chandler, The Garden Academy of Highlands, Texas

A container that waters itself? That and so much more. You can easily and economically build a Self-Watering Container that can grow vegetables, herbs, and small fruits year-round. These containers can be used even where there is no garden - patios, sidewalks, driveways, garden rooms, offices and classrooms. They are the perfect way to extend your garden space quickly during the peak growing seasons. Best of all, you can even garden sitting down! --Registrants will need to bring a few personal tools—a list will be sent a few weeks before the event.-- $40 participation fee (includes materials). Each workshop is limited to 20 participants.


Lucia Bettler is very passionate about herbs and is co-owner of Lucia’s Garden, an earth-centered retail shop that focuses on complementary health modalities, such as meditation, herbs, herbal cooking, and aromatherapy. Her herb garden provides fresh herbs for the ethnic recipes she loves and her love for travel and culinary research adds a rich dimension to her teaching. Lucia is a certified aromatherapist, member of The HSA—South Texas Unit, and is a past president of the IHA.

Angela Chandler is a lifelong gardener with a passion for learning and teaching.She and her husband Fred tend a half acre urban micro-homestead in Highlands, Texas. Angela is a member of the Garden Writer's Association and has been published in local and national print media. and

Henry Flowers is the Garden Director at Round Top Festival Institute and coordinator of the Herbal Forum. He has degrees in Horticulture and Floriculture from Texas A&M University and received the Joanna McQuail Reed Award for the Artistic Use of Herbs from The Herb Society of America in 2009.

Linda Franzo is owner and instructor of Passionate Platter - Cooking Classes & Herb Garden Tours. She is an Advanced Master Gardener of St. Tammany, LA, a member of HSA and currently the chairman of the HSA New Orleans Unit. Linda teaches "Hands-On" seasonal cooking from Garden to Table at her herb gardens and many places around the country. She is an advocate for "edible" school gardens, instructing children on garden techniques and how to cook the food they grow. Linda puts Pizazz in her food and Passion in her gardens!

William (Bill) McKinley, AIFD, CFD, ICPF, is the Benz Endowed Chair and Senior Lecturer at Texas A&M University. He shares his enthusiasm for educating others not only through his higher education classes, but also through seminars conducted at state shows, wholesale house programs, garden club workshops and symposia throughout the United States and abroad. Bill is active in the AIFD (American Institute of Floral Designers), where he has served on their National Board of Directors and is currently the Online Education Administrator, and also serves on the Education Committee, Educational Partner Committee, International Committee and the South Central Board of Directors. Bill was inducted into the Illinois State Florists' Association Hall of Fame in 2009 and was awarded the prestigious AIFD Distinguished Service to the Floral Industry Award in 2010.

Dr. Molly Ogorzaly has a B.S. with distinction in Agriculture from Cornell University, an M.S. in Botany and a Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of Texas. As part of her Master's thesis, she painted the rare and endangered plants of Texas which were later included on the Natural Heritage of Texas map that now graces schools and offices statewide. Her Doctoral dissertation was on the social and academic benefits of teaching gardens at schools and community centers. As Director of Education at Zilker Botanical Gardens for seven years, she was able to promote this cause by building school gardens, developing the Plantmobile to bring this inspiring message out to schools, and spearheading the "Get Growing and Keep Going" symposium which brought many local non-profits with similar missions together to support teachers and teaching gardens. In 2014, the Fourth edition of Economic Botany: Plants in Our World, a college textbook she has illustrated and co-authored with Dr. Beryl Simpson of U.T., was published. Since then, Molly and husband Bob have continued exploring the many ways that we use and celebrate plants worldwide, including recent trips to Spain for the Saffron Festival and Japan for fall foliage and snow scenes, bringing fresh material and inspiration to her "edutainment" presentations.

Billi Parus resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her husband John, where they maintain a large herb garden containing several collections of herbs. She loves to experiment and cook with herbs and lectures on a wide variety of herbal topics all over the country. She stays busy with teaching, running her internet business, Lavender House, and quilting and smocking. She is a member of the Pioneer Unit of The HSA, The Herb Society of the U.K., and is a Master Gardener and Master Food Volunteer. In 2009 Billi was awarded a Certificate of Achievement from The Herb Society of America.

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