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Seminar: "Make Mine Mediterranean: An Herbal Cruise"

  • Roots and Branches 1115 South Main Street West Bend, WI 53095 United States (map)
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We are excited to be adding a fifth free seminar to the Roots and Branches calendar of events!! We invite you to jump on board for a cruise through Mediterranean herbs with Carrie Hennessey of Johnson Nursery.  

"The lands surrounding the Mediterranean Sea are rich in herbal history. Many of the standard kitchen herbs we use today originated in this region and influenced culinary traditions around the world. We will sail into 9 different herbal ports; some familiar like Oregano and Basil, some exotic like Za'atar and Saffron. Our journey will end with a jaunt through the "Mediterranean Diet". " Source: Carrie Hennessy

All seminars are free and open to the public. Reserve your space below or contact us at 262-335-5083 with questions.

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Professional Biography Provided by Carrie Hennessy

I grew up in southern Wisconsin, just one mile from my grandparents’ dairy farm. Being able to run freely around the rolling hills and farmland of Green County instilled a deep love of nature at an early age. But it wasn’t until my parents gave me my own raised bed in our family vegetable garden for flowers and herbs that I realized a whole world of horticultural potential! Every year I could change the design and experiment with new culinary herbs and flowers.

A chance encounter with a Horticulture major when I was in high school inspired me to turn my love of gardening and design into a career. I received a bachelor’s degree in Horticulture and a minor in Art at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. My work experiences included time at several renowned botanical gardens (Olbrich Gardens, The Paine Art Center & Gardens, and the Better Homes & Gardens Test Garden). My art minor came in handy when I started doing freelance design, eventually becoming a full-time landscape designer and salesperson.

I was thrilled to join Johnson’s Nursery in the spring of 2008. I knew first-hand how great their plant material was and that I’d be surrounded by incredibly knowledgeable people who enjoy plants as much as I do. Besides being the lead landscape designer for residential and softscape projects, Johnson’s Nursery has encouraged me hone my public outreach skills (something I picked up from my botanic gardens days).

As a professional horticulturist and designer, I have presented a wide range of topics to local garden clubs, libraries, educational institutions and local news stations. In addition, I am a primary contributor on the Johnson’s Nursery Knowledge-base at www.johnsonsnursery.coman online repository of articles and videos (featuring yours truly). My goal is to show that plants are awesome and that gardening doesn’t have to be overwhelming or complicated. It’s easy to take control of your own yard, with a few professional tips.

In my spare time, I like working in my own garden (even more so now that I have a toddler curious about what is growing in the yard), creating new container plant displays with each changing season, reading, hiking, trying new recipes, and going to Brewers baseball games with my husband.


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