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Organic Herb Gardens

Spring has been reluctant this year, with March colder and snowier than December and January. But hope springs eternal and it will arrive—and eventually stay longer than two days at a time.

Looking to that sunny future, organic horticulturist Renee Giroux will offer a visual presentation on organic herb gardening Thursday, March 30th at 6:30PM in the Wykeham Room of Gunn Memorial Library in Washington CT.

Whether grown outdoors, in raised beds or containers, herbs are easy to grow. Giroux will provide information about the many types of herbs and edible flowers and highlight the benefits of having herbs for culinary and home use. She will also offer ideas on preparing and treating the garden in new and unconventional ways.

Giroux has devoted fourteen years to the field of horticulture and sustainable agriculture. She has developed greenhouse food systems using a biosphere growing technique and was key in obtaining USDA organic certification for the largest organic greenhouse system in New England.

She is an activist, building community and advancing agricultural practices in the Northwest Corner of Connecticut. Among her missions is designing and installing living pantries in homes and restaurants, growing fruits, vegetables, and herbs year-round for a more sustainable living style. Recently, she installed living pantries at the Washington Primary School, where each grade has its own “farm box” in which the students grow vegetables using controlled environment concepts.

Visit the link below for further information about her work; call the library at 860-868-7586 or email Margaret Ferguson at for further information about the Gunn program.