Speakers in the Courtroom

In the courtroom of the Old Blanco County Courthouse.  Learn a little something in the air conditioned comfort of the Courthouse. 

Friday, June 7

2:00-3:00 p.m. - Herbal Beverages

Who said herbs can’t be used in beverages beyond tea? Not Cindy Merdith from The Herb Cottage. Join Cindy as she discusses the many uses of herbs in beverages for every day use. Get tips for making herbal teas, hot and iced, and receive a receipe for Sparkling Herbal Soda. At the end of the program, there will be herbal sodas to sample.

4:00-5:00 p.m. - Infusing Spirits with Herbs & Spices

Discover how to master one of the latest trends in handcrafted cocktails; herbal infused spririts. Using the special qualities of Lavender, Real Spirits Head Distiller, David Topel will share his expertise. Plan on stopping by Real Spirits at the Real Ale Brewing Company to continue the experience.

Saturday, June 8

11:00 a.m.-12 Noon:

Make Luxurious Lavender Soap

In this presentation, 4th generation Texas soapmker Elin Criswell, a.k.a., The Country Soaper, will demonstrate the time-honored craft and art of soapmaking. Elin refers to her beloved craft, as “the endless experiment.” Join us and you will learn how you too can make your own soap!

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Low Water Gardening Including Lavender

Russ Patterson, Owner of Lavender and Old Lace of Kerrville, Texas. Russ is a former Texas Lavender Association President and Certified Master Nurseryman. He will be sharing his experiences of living for 11 years in the Hill Country and gardening with lavender and other deer resistant, low water plants to create a succession of seasonal color.

3:30 - 4:30

Designing Floral Arrangements using Lavender

Add fragrance, color and meaning to any floral arrangement with the ancient lure of Lavender. Presented by Russ Plowman, Horticulture Instructor at Texas Tech University, Plant and Soil Science Department, and Director of a new study of lavender as an alternative Crop.

Sunday, June 9

11:00 a.m. - Gardening for the Birds, Bees and Butterflies

Every year TXDOT plants thousands of acres of native wildflowers in the Right of Way for pollinator habitat, public enjoyment, and habitat conservation. Through partnerships, public outreach, and education we are helping to promote pollinator habitats and bring awareness of the issues to every corner of Texas. Jacob Eikstead of TXDOT will teach you how to create these habitats at your home.

1:00 p.m. - Cooking With Lavender

Creative cooking with herbs has been a life long passion for Chef Bill Varney, owner or Urbanherbals in Fredericksburg, Texas. Discover how to master the touch of lavender in sweet and savory dishes to create a surprise for any occasion.

3:00 - Geology of the Texas Hill Country (by Mike Deming)

Discover the geologic processes that created and formed and continues to mold the Texas Hill Country.  Learn about Volcanoes, Minerals, Rocks, Fossils, and even Dinosaur Tracks that lie beneath our feet. Find out how geology affects our every day lives.