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The Herb Society


The mission of the Herb Society at the Hoover Historical Center is to provide education, experience and enjoyment for the active herb gardener and for the visitors to the Hoover Historical Center at Walsh University. It is also our mission to maintain the beauty of the gardens at the Hoover Historical Center. 



The Herb Society at the Hoover Historical Center, a nonprofit organization, was established in 1984, to maintain the gardens, which complement the grounds of the Hoover Historical Center, original Hoover family farmland. The herb gardens at the Hoover Historical Center were originally established in 1983 as part of The Hoover Company's 75th anniversary festivities. 

In 1997, the Hoover Historical Center was moved inside Hoover Park, 400 yards west of its original location. In the spring of 1998, members of The Herb Society at the Hoover Historical Center designed the new gardens, a beautiful complement to the grounds of the Hoover family homestead. These gardens include:

  • Bettie Garden
  • Butterfly Garden
  • Children's Garden
  • Circle and Fountain Garden
  • Culinary Garden
  • Cutting and Shade Garden
  • Faerie Garden
  • Fragrance Garden
  • Rose Garden


The members of The Herb Society at the Hoover Historical Center plant, maintain and harvest the gardens. March – November, members meet monthly with updates on status of the gardens. An educational program is presented at each meeting to enhance their knowledge of plants and gardening.

They hold workshops creating herbal and floral crafts to sell at the "Unique Boutique" which is held in conjunction with The Herb Society's annual July fund-raiser, the Summer Garden Tea. In addition to crafts, the Society's boutique offers unique garden and tea-related items available for purchase, gift baskets and themed baskets for raffles. Complimentary guided tours of the herb gardens are also a part of this exclusive event.

In 2001, the Center's gardens were entered into Canton Garden Center's Annual Community Beautification Contest. The Herb Society at the Hoover Historical Center was awarded the Award of Excellence in the Commercial category for the outstanding design, maintenance and beauty of the Center's gardens.

All members must meet the requirements of the organization bylaws and a membership fee is paid annually.

New members, called "provisionals" are sponsored by a current member of the group and have bylaw requirements to fulfill during their first, the "provisional" year in the Society, to achieve active status.

For information, please contact Ann Haines, Operations Coordinator, Hoover Historical Center at ahaines@walsh.edu or 330-244-4667.


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