Doak House Museum to present workshops about culinary and medicinal herbs

Posted on 20 March 2013 by

The Doak House Museum is offering opportunities to learn about growing, preserving and using herbs for culinary and medicinal purposes as part of workshops scheduled for May.

The museum, located on the Tusculum College campus, is offering “Selecting and Growing Culinary Herbs” from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, May 10, and “Medicinal Herbs” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 11. Individuals may attend one session or both.

“Selecting and Growing Culinary Herbs” will cover such topics as selecting herbs, growing specifications, harvesting for immediate use, preservation and using herbs to enhance food. The workshop will also include an opportunity to taste and smell various herbs. An assortment of potted herbs will be available for each attendee to take home.

“Medicinal Herbs” will explore selecting, growing or purchasing dried herbs for use to make medicines. Participants will make teas at the workshop to taste and will have the opportunity to taste several tinctures at the workshop. Workshop attendees will make salves and lip balm to take home. The session will include a demonstration of aromatherapy – how aromas can help elevate, alter and enhance moods.

Attendees at both workshops will be provided handouts that will include instructions and other herbal information.

The session about culinary herbs will be taught by Sandee Cook, Big Spring Master Gardener and community herbalist, and Joy Moore, a Northeast Tennessee master gardener.  Cook will also teach the medicinal herbs workshop.

The cost for the “Selecting and Growing Culinary Herbs” workshop is $20. For the “Medicinal Herbs” workshop, the cost is $25. Individuals attending both workshops will be charged $40.

Space in the workshops is limited. To reserve a space in one or both of the workshops, contact Leah Walker at the Doak House Museum at 423-636-8554 or

The workshops are made possible in part by a grant from the East Tennessee Foundation’s Arts Fund for East Tennessee and assistance from the Big Spring Master Gardeners and the UT Agriculture Extension Office.

The Doak House Museum and the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library are operated by the Department of Museum Program and Studies of Tusculum College. In addition to the museums, the department is responsible for the College Archives and offers one of the few undergraduate Museum Studies degree programs in the country. The two museums are also part of the National Historic District on the Tusculum College campus. Follow the museums on Facebook and Twitter to learn the latest news and upcoming events or visit its Web site at to learn more about the variety of programs offered at the museums.

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