Ocean Springs Herb and Garden Festival

The Herb and Garden Festival planned March 21, 24 and 25 in downtown


Springs will feature all-free programs this year with well-known speakers
governing a range of topics from cooking and healing with herbs to tips
gardening in the South.

Named Best Event by the Mississippi Main Street Association, the festival will offer alternative medicine lectures, tours of local herb gardens at private homes, guided herb walks downtown, live music and children's activities. Vendors will be offering herbal products, ethnic foods, plants, books and fine arts. The event is being sponsored by Directions Inc. and the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, call the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce at 875-4424.


The Herb and Garden Festival will kick off with a lecture by Dr. Charles C. "Dr. Chuck" Mary III at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at the Ocean Springs Community Center next to the Walter Anderson Museum of Art on Washington

Ave. Dr. Mary, who practices complimentary medicine at the Mary Clinic (www.maryclinic.com) in New Orleans, will discuss issues such as

  • chelation therapy
  • bio-oxidative medicine
  • alternative cancer treatments and vitamin supplementation.

Mary has a popular syndicated radio program, Ask Dr. Mary, that can be heard locally on WTIX, 690 a.m., at 9 a.m. weekdays.

Saturday & Sunday

Events will be held at the area near the Depot and in Marshall Park. Keynote peakers include Norman Winter and Dr. Robert Fortier-Benson. Winter hosts a daily radio show and a weekly television news segment, and writes a garden column, all titled "Southern Gardening." His award-winning "Southern

Gardening" television news segment is seen weekly by over 450,000 viewers on 20 stations across the state. Winter's "Southern Gardening" radio program is heard daily on Mississippi Public Radio and several independent stations.

Winter will be speaking at 1 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday.

Dr. Robert Fortier-Benson, MD, CCN, D.I.M., is the founder of the Center for Functional Medicine in Mandeville, La. and Gulfport, Miss. He is certified in anesthesiology, pain management, clinical nutrition, anti-aging medicine and naturopathy. He recently received a Doctorate of Integrative Medicine from Capital University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Fortier-Benson will be speaking Saturday at 2 p.m.

The following free lectures and demonstrations are scheduled:
Marshall Park lectures Saturday, March 24:
  • 10 a.m. Teresa Finkbeiner, owner of Coyote Moon Herb Co., "Herbs to Reduce Stress"
  • 11 a.m. Monica Castenada, "Macrobiotics: A Total Healing System Based on Nutrition"
  • Noon. Music with Tom Beavers
  • 1 p.m. Norman Winter, "Tropical Gardening In your Own Backyard".
  • 2 p.m. Dr. Robert Fortier-Benson, "Herb Use and Preventative Health Care".
  • 3 p.m. Chance McDavid, Harrison County Extension, "Container and Raised Bed Gardening".
  • 4 p.m. Music
Depot lectures, Saturday, March 24:
  • 10 a.m. Karen Hollingsworth, owner of Little Biloxi Gardens, "Herb Propagation and Care".
  • 11 a.m. Kathy Homsey, "Cooking With Flowers". Edible flowers are a delight to the eye as well as the palate! More than a hundred dishes from your flower garden.
  • Noon: Ron Cox, "Growing Plants the Organic Way".
  • 1 p.m. Nancy Hollingsworth, "Pamper Yourself, You Deserve It!" Tips of using herbal aroma therapy products to feel and look great.
  • 2 p.m. Lee Sharp, Southern Fruit Fellowship, "How to Produce Superior Fruit and Nut Trees through Grafting".
  • 3 p.m. Dee Mitchell, "How to Make High-Quality Handmade Soaps".
  • 4 p.m. Lynda Baker, "Native Mississippi Medicinal Plants, Healing With Nature's Bounty."
Sunday, March 25, Marshall Park lectures
  • 11 a.m. Norman Winter, "Color In The Garden and Landscape".
  • Noon. Music with Tom Beavers.
  • 1 p.m. Monica Castenada, "Feng Shui: Making a Blue Print for Success."
  • 2 p.m. Mims Carter, "Tips for Pond Gardening."
  • 3 p.m. Betty Sue O'Brian, "The Eyes Have It". This lecture on will explore how iridology is being a tool used to discover health strengths and weaknesses, information people can use to nurture their weaknesses with the proper herbs, vitamins and health practices.
  • 4 p.m. Music
Sunday, March 25, Depot lectures
  • 11 a.m. Yoga instructor Harriett Leckich, "How to take better care of your body through yoga". Demonstrations by Hope Landis, Marni Herrington and Cheryl Catrabone.
  • Noon: Theresa Finkbeiner. "Herbs for Women."
  • 1 p.m. Ron Cox, "Growing Plants the Organic Way"
  • 2 p.m. Jayson Suttkus and Margaret Moore. "Reiki (ray-key) For Healing and Health". Reiki (ray-key_ is a technique that aids the body in releasing stress and tension by creating a state of deep relaxation that promotes healing and health.
  • 3 p.m. Nancy Hollingsworth, "The Herbal Gourmet". Tips for cooking with herbs.
  • 4 p.m. Russell Williams, landscape designer with Greenwood Landscaping Co., "Landscaping With Southern Heirlooms and Native Plants".

The Herb and Garden Festival will also include tours of the following gardens Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.:

  • *Henry-Moran Home, 206 Washington Ave. The home of John R. Henry and Connie M Moran is a European cottage-style garden edged with blue flagstone in gentle curves. Plants and colors schemes were chosen according to light a soil conditions. A rear veranda and deck overlooks the garden that includes tarragon, mint, rosemary, winter savory, specialty basils, and lavender.
  • *The Burrows Home, 209 Washington Ave. The gardens at the home of Dan Burrows reflect the owner's favorite colors, pinks and reds. Dan's philosophy is to try and keep his garden looking like spring the year round.
  • *The Sandbloom's Home, 401 Ward Ave. Owner Britt Sandbloom's home is named "Fridhem," which means Home of Peace. The garden features a water gardens that Britt says make her feel closer to nature and at peace.
  • *Shadowlawn Bed and Breakfast, 112A Shearwater Drive. A water garden with tropical fish and a waterfall made from river rocks highlight the gardens at Shadowlawn. The new gardens designed by German landscape artist Erich Rossner are helping made Shadowlawn a Southern garden showplace.