About Us

The Southern Michigan Unit of The Herb Society of America is a non-profit, educational, horticultural group, which was chartered in March of 1969.  The Society is dedicated to the cultivation of herbs; to research;  to use and delight of herbs through educational programs; and to the sharing of information with the community.   Our Unit members established the Cranbrook House and Garden Herb Gardens and have been responsible for their design, planting and maintenance for over forty years.  We have also contributed to and continue to assist in the development of the National Herb Garden, the Children’s Garden at Michigan State University, and other public gardens.  We regularly run classes at Telly’s Greenhouse in Troy, MI that focus on herb gardening and the use of herbs.

Our Unit meets monthly for a variety of programs including lectures, crafting, demonstrations, gardening, and tours led by members and guest speakers.  We welcome new members who are interested and have any level of herbal knowledge.  We are glad to share our herbal interests with you.

Southern Michigan Unit began as an independent herb study group in April 1968.  The immediate goal  of the study group was to become a unit of the Herb Society of America. And in 1969 they became the 13th unit of the Herb Society of America.  Today the Society has over 45 units.   In 2014 we will be celebrating 45 years as the Southern Michigan Unit.

Our past and present members have included a president of HSA, a HSA Great Lakes District Delegate, and HSA Education Chair.  The Southern Michigan Unit has also had the privilege of editing the “The Herbarist” the HSA national publication.

The Monarda, which is our units signature herb, was chosen as the HSA 2013 Native Herb of the Year.



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  1. Good morning on this cold, snowy, January day. I represent a women’s organization here in Livingston County (i.e Brighton/Howell area) and am seeking someone to come to one of our luncheons to discuss herbs, their uses, ideas for cooking with them; planting and harvesting them, etc. Is there anyone in your organization that might be willing? Our organization has over 200 members, typically at any luncheon we have 80-100 guests and this topic is of great interest to many of our members.

    I would appreciate hearing from someone at your earliest convenience, as I am trying to line up speakers for March or April and must move forward on this quickly Thank you for your attention to this matter .

    Thank you.

    • please let me know about membership of the herb society.
      I was looking for the herb society of Michigan.

      • Dear Toshi,
        The Southern Michigan Unit of the Herb Society of America meets once a month on the first Wednesday of the month to study and learn about herbs. We also conduct workshops and lectures at Telly’s Nursery in Troy. We have maintained two herb gardens at historic Cranbrook House and Gardens for well over 45 years.
        New members do not have to have great herbal knowledge.
        Dues are $70.00 a year. This Wednesday May 3rd at 10:30 is our next meeting. Our last class for this Spring is Saturday at Telly’s
        Nursery at 1:00pm,
        Container Gardening with Herbs. I would like you to be my guest at either or both events.
        Carol Czechowski,Chair
        Herb Society of America Southern Michigan Unit

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