Sunday, June 7, 2015, 9 am – 4 pm at Olbrich Botanical Garden                                 To see a video about last years Herb Day 2014 click here.   

Help us celebrate the wonderful benefit of herbs!

Attend a FREE mini-herb conference featuring classes for adults and kids, guided herb walks through the amazing Olbrich Botanical Gardens and a kid guided tour where kids start seeds to plant in your garden, learn about salve making, fill a lavender sachet to take home or make some bath salts. You can also shop at the Herbal Marketplace to purchase medical plants, salves, soaps, tinctures and books.

Herb Day is a public educational event celebrating the importance of herbs and herbalism. The goal is to help raise public awareness about the significance of herbs in our lives and the many ways herbs can be used safely and creatively for health, beauty care and culinary enjoyment.

Come talk to some like minded plant people, and contribute your energy to this fine event. There is plenty to do for grownups and kids.

See the MHI Schedule for more details.

Rise and Shine with Spring Tonics


Monday, May 18  |  6 PM
at the Pinney Branch Library, 204 Cottage Grove Rd., Madison

Spring engages our senses, inspiring us to stretch and move after a long winter of stagnation. This May, join herbalists from the Madison Herbal Institute for a panel discussion on herbal spring tonics to find out how plants support us in this seasonal change. David Milbradt will contrast Winter, Spring and Summer energetics and talk about how the Chinese concept of the liver is related to growth and renewal. Kathrine Alexander will give a Western approach to clearing winter stagnation focusing on how to use what grows in your yard.

Spring seed and seedling exchange



Monday, April 20                                                                                                            6PM at the Pinney Library on Cottage Grove Rd.

To celebrate spring’s awakening, the Madison Herbal Institute is hosting a seed and seedlings swap. This year, we ask those who bring seeds and seedlings to share how they start their seeds, and to enlighten us with their stories of gardening and seed saving. We hope you’ll join us for an evening of laughter, lively personalities, tea and tales.

March meeting

Rose Casy


Monday, March 16, 6PM at Pinney Library on Cottage Grove Rd                                  “Topical Herbal Applications”       presented by Rose Casey

Herbs can be used internally and externally. Tonight we will focus on the external or topical use of herbs. Learn how to prepare and use herbs in a wide array of applications, i.e. facial toners, eyewashes, cleansing scrubs, salves, poultices, and more. Tonight’s class will focus on several herbs and ways to prepare and use them topically on the body as a useful method for absorbing their healing properties. Your personal stories on how you use the plants topically will enrich our evening together.

February meeting

Kathy Eich 3

Monday, February 16, 6PM at the Pinney Library on Cottage Gove Rd.                 Presented by herbalist Kathy Eich                                                                                Plants for the Lymphatic System and It’s Role As the 5th Humor

The lymphatic system and herbs that support it are a mystery to many. But understanding this fascinating system, and using it as a window into dysfunctions of the immune system, reproductive system, circulatory system, digestive system and eliminatory system can be enlightening.

In her talk, Kathy will give a brief Materia medica of plants for good lymphatic health, and describe what an herbal alterative is. She will address common maladies of the lymphatic system, such as poor immunity, hemorrhoids, and breast tenderness and swelling, as well as some less common issues, like swelling of the spleen and malabsorption syndrome. Herbal strategies will be mentioned for each.

January meeting

Dave pic 2

Tuesday, January 20, 6PM at Pinney Branch Library on Cottage Grove Rd                      “Fabulous Fungi” presented by David LaLuzerne                                                           Fungi are everywhere in our world, from the mushrooms that are part of our diet, to dyes used for making our clothes colorful, to digesting oil spills and also for medicines to keep us healthy. Herbal pharmacist David LaLuzerne will present a slide show to show you all the wonderful ways that fungi are important for a healthy life. You’ll be amazed at the many ways fungi make our world a better place to live. (Please note the Tuesday date instead of the usual Monday.)