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The Austin Herb Society is dedicated to educating members and the community about herbs, including propagation, landscaping, history and folklore, plus culinary, medicinal, and decorative uses of herbs.

Upcoming October Program

Pollination and Pollinators

Valerie Bugh 

October 3, 2023 10:00 am, Zilker Botanical Garden auditorium

free to attend and open to the public,  more details on Events page Monthly Meetings

If you've seen these guides to Texas Butterflies, Spiders and Insects, then you've seen Valerie Bugh's work!

While bees are the first resource that comes to mind when pollination is mentioned, no ecosystem is simple; complexity demands multiple solutions to the issue. We will look at the various animals that interact with plants in this process, and discuss the expenditures, risks and compensations.


Valerie Bugh is a local naturalist specializing in the arthropods of the Austin area, with interests in taxonomy and photography. She runs the Fauna Project at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, leads insect/wildflower discovery walks, teaches entomology and plant classes, provides insect/spider identifications, gives talks to local organizations, and is the author of pocket guides to "Butterflies of Central Texas," "Spiders of Texas" and "Unusual Insects of Texas."

News of Interest

AHS member Judith Craft wins Volunteer Legend Award!

The RecognizeGood organization honored our own Judith Craft at a ceremony with an award, a brick on the Butler Trail at Lady Bird Lake and a $1000 check to Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy. 

She has been cultivating plants and students' minds for over 30 years with AHS & ZBG.

Stay tuned for more details on the Say Thanks, Austin campaign that happens in January and gives Team Judith Craft a chance for a $10,000 donation in her name by rallying folks from all over to cast Thank You votes. 

See the video about Judith's amazing volunteer work

and Judith's award ceremony:

For all the details and more photos:

About Austin Herb Society & Zilker Herb Garden

Since 1982, the Austin Herb Society has been educating members and the community about herbs, including propagation, landscaping, history, folklore, and culinary, medicinal, and decorative uses of herbs. While our members are united by an interest in herbs, they are also a diverse group of individuals: from gardeners and herbalists to cooks and business owners.

AHS members design and maintain the Zilker Herb Garden—a dazzling landscape of color and fragrance that has become a centerpiece of Zilker Botanical Garden. Here, visitors can touch, taste and smell their way through nearly 200 varieties of herbs, depending on the season. Bees and butterflies dot the beds of basil, lavender and calendula. There are classic culinary herbs like rosemary, mint and thyme alongside herbs revered for their health attributes, including aloe and echinacea.



In addition to hands-on learning in the Zilker Herb Garden, members enjoy:

  • Monthly meetings with expert speakers on diverse topics

  • Educational workshops & seminars throughout the year

  • Study groups focused on culinary herbs and herbal products

  • Field trips to unique gardens and herb-loving businesses

  • Delicious herbal refreshments at in-person meetings

  • Fellowship with interesting & informed herb lovers

Interested in learning more about the
Austin Herb Society
or becoming a member?

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