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Reddick Mansion to host herb program

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 11:00 a.m. CST

OTTAWA — At 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, the Reddick Mansion Association will present Introduction to Culinary Herbs, by Holly Hughes, master gardener and the Garden Maiden columnist for “The Times,” Ottawa’s newspaper. The Gardens of the Reddick Mansion include the only certified herb garden in LaSalle County.

Hughes, an organic gardener who lives in Grand Ridge, will discuss how to identify herbs, when and where to plant various herbs and the yield per plant. In addition to demonstrating harvesting and drying processes, she will also talk about the uses of herbs in cooking and baking. Her presentation will focus on three to four perennial herbs and about seven annual herbs. Handouts will be provided.

Participants will also have the opportunity to buy raffle tickets for an herb basket composed and donated by master gardener Marge Renwick. The value of the basket will be at least $75 and tickets will be $3 each or 2 for $5. The winner of the basket will be announced at the end of the presentation.

The presentation will include refreshments. The cost is $8 per person and the public is invited. To register, call the Reddick Mansion at 815-433-6100. All money raised will be used for the preservation and renovation of the Reddick Mansion.

The Reddick Mansion, at 100 W. Lafayette St., was built in 1858, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Sites. It is open to the public for tours and also has meeting/reception rooms available for rent for special events.

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