Classes & Presentations
Theresa Mieseler, the co-founder of Shady Acres Herb Farm, is available for speaking engagements to garden clubs, master gardener groups, societies and horticulture communities. She has over 40 years of experience growing and using herbs. Over the years, Theresa has grown over 500 varieties of herbs and veggies and has taught many classes and workshops on gardening and using herbs.
A list of Theresa's classes and presentations
Beyond Basil, Rosemary and Thyme
Perhaps it's time you expanded and tried growing something different in your herb garden! While many of us grow herbs such as basil, rosemary and thyme, there are other, less common herbs that are well worth growing, too – perfect for bringing exciting and unexpected flavors to dishes and drinks, and beauty to your garden! Maybe you will find a place in your garden and kitchen for these unique herbs. You'll depart with a handout of growing tips, a recipe or two, and a list of herb resources.
The container gardener is limited only by his or her imagination because even the smallest patio or balcony can reap a crop of herbs, flowers and vegetables. There are few plants that do not grow well containers and we’ll discuss those also. A container of herbs is ideal to clip for kitchen use and you will see most herbs and flowers thrive when properly planted in a container with as little as five hours of direct sunlight each day.
Veggies for Small Spaces – Containers, Window Raised Planter Boxes
Grow your own vegetables on your porch, patio or balcony all season long when you choose the veggies that do best in small spaces! As you will see many of your favorite veggies grow productively in containers or raised planters. Learn where to order seed and which containers to use and care for your favorites.
Herbal and Soothing Drinks
Vinegar drinks such as oxymels, shrubs and switchels are a fun way to use your imagination to make tasty drinks with all kinds of fruits and herbs. Shrub drinks, sour and tangy, are a mixture of fruit, vinegar and honey. Imagine a tasty sweet cherry shrub? Switchels, traditionally from the Caribbean islands, were commonly comprised of molasses, ginger and vinegar, water and perhaps rum. Oxymels are typical made with herbs but can also incorporated with fruits – the oldest of the drinks – is a syrup of honey, vinegar and herbs. The now popular fire cider combines hot, pungent, sour and sweet flavors.
10 Easy-to-Grow Herbs for the Kitchen Herb Garden
The lore of herbs is a fascinating journey around the globe. We’ll discuss buying tips and why we should choose organic, non-gmo seeds and heirloom varieties. Discover how to grow, store, dry and preserve the harvest. Think about how great it is to be able to go in the garden and gather your own food and tasty garden herbs to give your culinary dishes a world of wonderful flavors!
Sweet herbs such as lemon verbena, chamomile and mint have a pleasing aromatic flavor or fragrance that triggers our senses. Some of these plants have a history of being used as a kitchen herb to flavor soups, sauces, meats, dressings, salads and teas. Many of these having a relaxing effect on us when drink in a tea. The scent of these herbs can perhaps change your mood - you can’t help but feel good when you absorb the fragrance of lemon verbena!
Creating a Habitat for Birds and Butterflies
Are birds and butterflies attracted to your yard or garden — would you like more? Just like people, birds and butterflies require food, water and shelter and they prefer that it be close to where they live. Invite them to your garden with colorful plants in containers as well as surrounding shrubs. We’ll discuss plant selection, habitat, care and light requirements.
Preserving the Summer Herbal Bounty
See how to harvest and use fresh herbs, feel more confident about having culinary herbs in your life, be encouraged to use them in your everyday cooking by smelling and tasting the herb and making scrumptious treats. Theresa will have samples of dried seasoning blends and individual herbs to smell. We’ll discuss which is the best way to preserve herbs whether it be dried, frozen or made into a pesto.
Growing Heirloom Vegetables
Heirloom vegetables are open pollinated varieties that have become popular again. There are heirloom peppers, kale, eggplant, squash and lettuce. Heirloom tomatoes can be any size, color and leaf shape. Since an heirloom ripening period is staggered, you get produce over a longer period of time.