ABout the Ohio Herb Center
One of the Herb Capital of Ohio’s BEST assets is located in the heart of Gahanna! The Ohio Herb Center is the perfect place to experience the world of herbs – gardening, culinary, aromatic, health and wellness. The Nafzger-Miller house (110 Mill St. Gahanna, Ohio 43230), is home to the Herb Center. It is listed in the National Register of Historical Places, with the earliest part of the house dating to 1855. Take a class or workshop on a variety of classes, ranging from Tea Blending and DIY Herbal Cosmetics to Thrifty Herbal Homecare. Or rent the center for a small meeting, baby or wedding shower or group event. Call 614/642-HERB to learn more.
MEET THE STAFF
Amanda Ferguson / Ohio Herb Center Coordinator
Amanda’s experience with herbs started in 1996 after she read Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Healing for Women. In 1997 she decided to start making soap after her daughter wasn’t able to use commercial soap. That put her on a path to start her own small soap-making business. She also started to study essential oils and their uses--which she has continued for 20 years. Currently she is taking courses through the New York School of Aromatic Studies and is the instructor for the DIY Series at The Ohio Herb Center.
Amanda has extensive herb gardens at home and loves spending time in the garden. As an outdoor enthusiast, she is also interested in plant ID, taking classes on Native Medicinal Plants at Rural Action and United Plant Savers. Amanda is a Certified Ohio Pollinator Advocate, has raised/released monarchs and swallowtail butterflies. She loves to talk and teach about the insects that come to our gardens. When she is not teaching classes at The Ohio Herb Center, you can find Amanda on the trail, camping, and researching local flora and fauna.
Jennifer Schneller / Ohio Herb Center Coordinator
Jennifer’s first garden was a patch of lettuce in her mother’s front yard, and she has been fascinated by growing things ever since. She is now a landscape architect who specializes in residential garden design, and is especially interested in the relationship between people and plants. Her interest in herbs developed out of years of helping people grow edibles in beautiful ways.
In her own garden, Jennifer practices what she calls earthy herbalism. It’s not just for us, it’s for the birds and bunnies and skunks and hawks, too. Since all living things depend on each other, including the plants, if you have something for everything in the garden then everyone wins, especially the gardener! Jennifer believes plants are great teachers. She lectures mostly to pass on all that she has learned from them, and if you get her started talking about green growing things, it can be hard to get her to stop.
Our Mission: The Ohio Herb Center strives to offer a place where people can learn to incorporate herbs into their daily lives to enhance wellness and well being. offers a variety of learning opportunities. Whether you are looking for new culinary twists, in-depth gardening advice, wellness information or ideas on how to use your herbs, we offer programs that inspire you to try something new. The Ohio Herb Center is operated and managed by Visit Gahanna (The Gahanna Ohio Convention & Visitors Bureau).