Herb Plants for sale at HerbFest In Addition To Being Non GMO, Locally N.C. Certified Organically Raised From Organic Root/Seed Stock.  

    Herbs are grown organically and in most situations we always try to use organic seeds for our herbs.   Also organic heirloom vegetables grown organically from organic seeds.

    Below are examples of some of the herbs we have offered at previous herbfests. This is by no means all inclusive as many broad groups such as "rosemary" may actually be comprised of 10 different varieties but this list is just to give you an idea of what to expect. Also we try to add in as many unusual rare herbs as we can find each day of the herbfest although those herbs are usually limited to no more than 90 plants each day. 

    We can not gurantee which plants we will have when other than we always stock large amounts of basil ( over 5,000 plants with most being Italian, Genovese ) and rosemaries.   Our growers are always dependent on the sun and the heat.  If there is plenty of sunshine prior to April 15 then lots of basils etc.  If not, during the 2 each 3 day weekends of the HerbFest,  new plants are taking off if plenty of sun so we restock and bring on new varities as they emerge or wait for the younger plants to mature during the festival.  It is not unusual for some of our herbs to double in size in less than 24 hours on the herb tables.  

     90% our herbs are "hardened off" before arriving.  That simply means the greenhouse sides are opened for minimum 24 hours, sometimes for several days, so the herbs and vegetables can acclimate to the outside climate and insure their survival once planted. 

 

 
   
 
List of Herbs & Vegetables:
 
Basil-Italian, Genovese, Thai, Greek Columnar, Flat Leaf, African Blue, 
Stevia
Cardoon
Parsley- Flat leaf Italian, Curly Cress
Lovage
Marjoram
Lemon Grass
Vanilla Grass
Lemon Verbena
Fennel - Florence & Bronze
Anise Hyssop
Arugula
Lettuce Bowls
Scented Geraniums - 5 - 25 Varieties
Oregano - Bristol, Greek, Hot & Spicy, Kents Beauty, Italian, Santa Cruz
Watercress
Feverfew - Double White
Calendula
Nasturtiums
Marshmallow
Self Heal
Chicory
Epazote
Chervil
Rosemary-Blue Spire, Gorizio, Salem, BBQ, 
French Tarragon
Mexican Tarragon
Tarragon
Lavender Cotton
Lavender- Munstead, French Provence, Hidcote, 
Thyme-Wooly, French, English, Lavender, Coconut, Lemon, Lemon varigated
Sage - Beergarten, Garden, Tri-Color, Golden, Purple,
Salvia - Clary
Pineapple Sage
Patchouli
Cilantro-Coriander is seed
Coriander
Culantro
Lamb's Ear
Savory
Summer Savory
Winter Savory
Mints-Spearmints, Peppermints, Mother of, 
Pineapple Mint
Chocolate Mint
Salad Burnet
Orange Mint
Lime Mint
Kentucky Colonel Mint
Sweet Woodruff
Heirloom Tomatoes 
Heirloom peppers 
Heirloom Eggplant 
Heirloom Squash
Holland Bulbs
Apple mint
Artemisia
Santolina - Gray & Green
Wormwood
Eucalyptus 
 
Pre planted Herb Bowls
Pre planted Lettuce Bowls
 
Various Perennials - Not grown organically or from organic seeds at this time   
 


Southern Peonies 


   
    Peonies are classic perennials north of the Mason Dixon line and one of the true heirloom heritage plants so many folks enjoy.  It's hard, if not impossible to leave the harsher Northern climates ( above Zone 6) and not dig up or take cuttings when moving South to reestablish the peonies one has grown up with, or whose family grew up with.   It's natural, we all do it. 

    The problem though is the colder weather varieties will not survive the warmer weather of Zone 7 and more.   After watching helplessly as the peonies die and fade away many people accept "peonies will not live in the southern U.
S." but that is not true.  The right varieties of peonies do very well in the South and are true perennials meaning they live and come back year after year getting larger and more established as they do in the North.  Because of the multiple cultivars, the abundance of different color and flower combinations the flower is a must for the Southern garden.

   Many Southern gardeners do nothing to their peonies when the weather gets cold and simply ignore them.   Others make sure the last lawn cutting of the season is one where the peonies are cut down for the winter season.  Either leaving alone or cutting down is fine as the peonies will reemerge in the spring as the climate warms up.  Peonies are made for the South so don't give up, but choose the warm weather hardy varieties and cnjoy being back home in your garden and landscape. 

     We would like to thank the below sponsors for their contributions to helping Wake Forest join the America In Bloom program.   These individuals and businesses are what make the Wake Forest community such a desirable place to live, work and play.


Contributors:

Wine 101

HerbFest 2016 Dates are: April 22, 23 & 24 -  April 29, 30, & May 1.


 


The Wake Forest HerbFest Does Not Sell GMO altered plants.  We support local North Carolina growers.  Our perennial offerings are specific to Zone 7's here in the Piedmont areas of N.C.

  "What is different about Herbfest plants and most mass merchandisers or grocery stores?"  They are not genetically modified -- see this article by cardiologist on the connection of GMO foods and autoimmune disorder." 




Tentative HerbFest Schedule of Events (Subject to Changes)

Events are free, no admission charge, pets welcome, children on leash please :)

Vendors, free entertainment, enjoy historic downtown Wake Forest


Location:  525 South White Street, Wake Forest, N.C.  27587


Schedule of Events -  Subject to Whims & WEATHER:

Friday, April 22 , 9 a.m - 6 p.m..  - HerbFest Opens + Largest selection of Non GMO organic herbs, heritage tomatoes, heirloom vegetable plants & local grown perennials for our climate,

Saturday, April 23, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. -  Franklin Academy Day - Students from Franklin Academy High School will provide free activities for children including face painting and entertainment for attendees subject to weather.

     
       * 10 am - 2 pm  Free Kid's Face Painting - by Jamie Moore's High School Art Students

       * 11  a.m.- 1 p.m. 
Free Live music that will include the FA band, maybe two small combo groups, maybe small choral groups and maybe the rock band.  Led by Tony Robinson, Band Director FA High School
  
        


Sunday, April 24 - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. -  Bring the family and enjoy the day.  Our Sundays tend to be very laid back and easy going so come on out.


Second weekend schedule below:


Friday, April 29, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. - New plants in stock so check to see the latest new arrivals.

Saturday, April 30 - 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. -

Sunday, May 1 - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Last day to buy - come on out.


Herbs & Plants remaining are donated to various charities, schools, beautification projects.   Thank you for your support.