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Welcome to the The Herb Society of America – The Southern Michigan Unit website.  We are the south east Michigan local chapter of the The Herb Society of America.

Our mission, like our parent group’s, The Herb Society of America, is dedicated to promoting the knowledge, use and delight of herbs through educational programs, research and sharing the experience of our members with the community.

Membership is open to anyone who is interested in herbs.

This site will lead you through our events (past and future), feature our Herb Garden at Cranbrook House and Gardens, and provide access to our recipe files.

Our local unit is comprised of about 15 members with over 300 years of herbal gardening experience.  We hope this website will bring you new knowledge and inspiration for the use of herbs and you will come back often to visit.


If you are interested in joining our unit, please send an email with your request to hsasmu@gmail.com.  We would love to have you join us, all you need is an interest in herbs.


Learn, Explore, Grow with us.


It is the policy of our unit and The Herb Society of America not to advise or recommend herbs for medicinal or health use. This information is intended for educational purposes only and should not be considered as a recommendation or an endorsement of any particular medical or health treatment.

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  1. Now that it is fall, I will be making more chili meals. I like my chili spicy, but not so hot that it burns your mouth. Do you have any suggestions for specific herbs or any recipes that you could recommend?

  2. Definitely Chilli weather now !
    We love Nino Savaggio’s chilli recipe. The combination and ratio of the spices is just right, smooth and tasty but not too hot. However, instead of beef I grind my own organic chicken ( in a food processor ) , and use white beans instead of red.
    Serve with chopped red onion, sour cream, grated sharp Cheddar, and crusty bread. Enjoy. Janet.

    • Hi Jo,
      We meet once a month on the first Wednesday of the month.
      We maintain two gardens at historic Cranbrook House and Gardens. May 4th and May 9th are clean up days in the garden.We will be there at 10:00am if you would like to come by for a chat.
      May 6th we are at Telly’s Greenhouse in Troy presenting ‘Container Gardening with Herbs’ at 1:00pm. This is our last class until Fall.
      May 15,16, and 17, we will be manning the herb booth during the Cranbrook House and Gardens annual plant sale.
      June 7th is our last unit meeting. We do work in the garden during the summer and plan outings which include gardens and plants.
      The unit is meeting May 3 and June 7th.
      All of our meetings are open to guests.
      Carol Czechowski, Chair
      Herb Society of America Southern Michigan Unit

  3. The Mount Clemens Kiwanis Club is looking for interesting speakers for their Wednesday meetings. Is anyone available in July?

    • Dear Theresa Marie,
      We do have members who are interested in presenting a program on herbs for your group.
      Which Wednesday do you meet.
      What are your interests?
      Cooking, gardening?
      Historical uses?
      Oh gosh! All of the above.
      Carol Czechowski, Chair
      Southern Michigan Unit

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