The Farms: Cooking With Herbs

Experience Level: Beginner

Learn how to grow herbs in the Central Illinois climate and then taste how they are used in a meal at Cooking with Herbs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3 in the Herb Garden and Mansion Carriage House.

Join Kay Karnes, Master Gardener and Mid-America Gardener panelist in the Herb Garden to begin this workshop, where you will receive a tour of the garden, which is certified by the Illinois Herb Association. You will learn how to grow herbs and receive cooking tips using herbs and spices in various recipes.

Then, sit down in the Mansion Dining Room for an Italian-themed lunch prepared by Leah Bodine of the Greenhouse Cafè.

$45/person. Register here by July 27. All sales are final.

If you will need disability-related accommodations to participate, please email

About the Instructor

Kay Karnes’ love of gardening began at an early age “helping” her father in his vegetable garden and has continued throughout her life.

Kay is a Champaign County Master Gardener, a member and past president of the Illinois Herb Association and has been a panelist on MidAmerican Gardener since 1995. She and her husband, Dave, live on 2.5 acres outside of Monticello. This has given her ample space to pursue her passion and retirement from the University has given her the time. Her areas of expertise are herbs, vegetables and seed saving.

About The Farms

The Farms: An Allerton Folk School, offers classes, workshops, and gatherings focusing on art, outdoor education, science, storytelling, and wellnessAll experiences value hands-on, experiential teaching and learning, and are facilitated by and for the members of the community.

See the complete summer course schedule here.


Aug 03 2024


11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Aug 03 2024
  • Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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