SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - On Saturday April 13 at 2 pm, the South Plainfield Public Library welcomes back educator, author and certified herbalist Gert Coleman to present her program: Starting an Herb Garden.  Want to grow herbs in your garden, in containers, or in a sunny window? Learn how to choose, grow, and use herbs to attract beneficial insects, repel pests, add pizzazz to recipes, remedies, and crafts, and add color and scent to your lives. If you would like to learn how to start an herb garden and what to choose, please join herbalist Gert Coleman for this hands on program. 

Passionate about herbs, Gert Coleman loves, grows, eats, and reads avidly about them. Retired Associate Professor of English at Middlesex County College in New Jersey, she is three times past president of the Staten Island Herb Society and has helped maintain their Colonial Herb Garden at Conference House Park for over 30 years. She gives workshops and lectures on herbs and nature writing. She and her husband have 106 acres in upstate NY where they are fixing up yet another old house and planting herbs, flowers, trees, and at-risk native plants. She edits the IHA Herb of the Year books (Cilantro & Coriander; Hops: Brewing and Beyond; and Agastache: Anise Hyssop, Hummingbird Mint, and More), and frequently writes about the legends, lore, and poetry of herbs. She is also a member of the Herb Society of America, the North East Herb Association, and United Plant Savers. This program is presented free, but registration is required.  To sign up for the program call the library at 908-754-7885 or stop by.