Language of Flowers is topic at Thursday Walt Meade talk

Roxbury — Vesti Snyder, owner of Sage Rose Herbs, located in Binnekill Square in Margaretville will give a free lecture/demonstration on “The Language of Flowers” on Thursday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. in The Walt Meade Gallery of the Roxbury Arts Group on Vega Mountain Road.
The talk will be very hands on, with demonstrations on how to make bath salts or bath blends, and flower sugars with rose and lavender (Victorian favorites). There will be foods made from flowers available for tasting.
Vesti, who is taking herbalist certification classes with Rosemary Gladstar, will have lavender, rose petals, rose hips, calendula petals, jasmine buds, etc. for sale so that those who attend the lecture/demonstration can make the flower-based foods at home. Recipes will be provided.
Vesti was born and raised in Delaware County. Her love of nature and herbs comes from her father who was a woodsman. He grew ginseng patches, wild crafted and hunted for food for the family table.
She graduated with honors from SUNY Delhi with an AAS in Culinary Arts. She worked for many years at Café on Main Restaurant in Margaretville. Sage Rose has been open since April 2008, but Vesti has dabbled in herbal therapies for years, and cooked with herbs her whole life, the more so after culinary school. Sage Rose is a member of Pure Catskills, Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce and we started an herb group in Margaretville.
The lecture is in conjunction with The Flower Show, a group exhibit of paintings and photographs by regional artists in The Walt Meade Gallery through March 14.
Gallery hours are Tues-Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. 607 326-7908.