Colonial Herb Garden Tea Tasting

09 Jun 2022 1:11 PM | Anonymous member

Colonial Herb Garden Tea Tasting at the 18th century reproduction  Tate House Garden

1270 Westbrook Street, Portland, ME 

June 23 @ 6:00 pm    Rain date June 26 @ 3:00 pm

Colleen Griffin, resident of Stroudwater Neighborhood, will offer a program focused on how European colonists used the herb garden for culinary and medicinal purposes.  Her talk will also include information about how the Wabanaki people used particular plants such as the needles of white pine trees to benefit health.

The presentation will be followed by a tasting of three natural and herb teas: white pine tea, lemon balm-lavender tea, and dandelion root tea, supplemented with fresh herbed butter cookies. Participants are encouraged to bring along a teacup for the tasting (BYOTC).

Presenter Colleen Griffin has a degree in horticulture and a passion for herbal medicine. She has taken several courses in growing, drying, and preparing medicinal herbs, and is a registered horticultural therapist practicing in Southern Maine.  She is currently an independent contractor working with the Dempsey Center for Quality Cancer Care and is a volunteer for the University of Maine‚Äôs Master Gardener program.  She formerly worked with the Bonny Eagle School district running a greenhouse program for special needs students in grades 6-12. 

Cost is $15 for the general public and $12 for Tate House Museum members. Advance ticket purchase is required and can be obtained by visiting

The program is limited to 25 people and tickets will not be sold at the door.


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