ENCINITAS — Cookbook author and herbalist Susan Belsinger will give two presentations at San Diego Botanic Garden’s Herb Festival each day at 1 p.m. March 19 and March 20 at 230 Quail Gardens Drive.
Growing vegetables, herbs and flowers organically, harvesting them at their peak, and bringing them into the kitchen to create healthy, good-tasting dishes is a way of life for culinary herbalist Belsinger. She teaches, lectures, and writes about gardening and cooking, and is a food writer, editor and photographer who has authored 20 books and been published in numerous national magazines and newspapers. She blogs for vegetablegardener.com and has been contributing editor to “Herb Companion.”
On March 19, Belsinger will present “Getting to Know the Mediterranean Herbs,” a visual journey across a hillside in Syros, Greece, which helps “herbies” and gardeners see how these native herbs grow in hot arid climates. She will discuss how to keep the grey and green Mediterranean herbs happy in our own gardens. On March 20, Belsinger will offer a cooking demonstration featuring these hardy, flavorful herbs along with seasonal ingredients of this sun-drenched cuisine.
In addition to Belsinger’s presentation, the Herb Festival will feature speakers on garden and herb-related topics, guided tours of the Herb Garden, Herb Festival Market-place, the A-Z or Herbs information booth, and the SDBG Spring Plant Sale with a multitude of vendors. Back by popular demand is Tomatomania with lectures on culture and care and plenty of tomato seedlings for sale.
A Kids’ Crafts, Community Art Project by Botanical Originals will be offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days. Children can learn about the Herb of the Year, the horseradish, make potpourri “saddle bags” with herbs from the garden, and more.
Everyone is invited to help in the community art project using recycled material, inspired by artist Rodney Rodrigo. Botanical Originals will offer guidance in making bookmarks designed from plant material.
For a $2-off admissions coupon, visit sdbgarden.org.