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IV Herb Guild to host event on Saturday

Illinois Valley Herb Guild members Lois Steil and Kathleen Ellis check in the basil inventory in preparation for the guild’s annual plant sale and herb faire.
Illinois Valley Herb Guild members Lois Steil and Kathleen Ellis check in the basil inventory in preparation for the guild’s annual plant sale and herb faire.

PERU — The Illinois Valley Herb Guild will host its annual plant sale and herb faire from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the gymnasium at St. Bede Academy.

More than 60 varieties of herbs will be available, from common herbs like basil, rosemary and lavender, to more unusual species such as stevia and borage. For those new to herb gardening, herb guild members and master gardeners from Illinois Extension will be on hand with expert advice.

“Collectively, we have a great deal of herbal knowledge,” said Gwen Bray, herb guild president, “so guild members can help you choose the right plants for the conditions of your garden. Besides, a lot of herbs are low maintenance.”

In addition to the plant sale, other vendors will be selling garden plants, pottery, jewelry, photography, textiles, antiques, yard art and other gardening accessories. There will also be a food booth featuring homemade baked goods, including Father Dominic homemade herb bread, as well as food and drink for lunch.

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