The Viola species are the January 2022 Herb of the Month for The Herb Society of America and also the International Herb Association’s Herb of the Year™ for 2022. Heartsease (Viola tricolor) is one of the species in this group of herbal plants. This little unassuming flower has symbolized love, death, and rebirth since Roman and Greek times. During those early days, it was believed to be an aphrodisiac and was also used to treat heart conditions. Hence, one of its many names was heartsease.

Recently our members studied the Sempervivum family of herbal succulent plants at a greenhouse. Following the study, we created fall centerpieces with pumpkins and herbs.

President of Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County, Brad Kissam, thanking members of the Pennsylvania Heartland Herb Society for the historic Kitchen Garden at White Horse Tavern, in Historic Morlattan Village, 31 Old Phhiladelphia Pike, Douglassville PA.