The Herb Society of America (HSA) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that focuses on educating its members and the public on the cultivation of herbs and the study of their history and uses, both past and present. The motto of The Society, “For use and For Delight,” is taken from the 17th century herbalist, John Parkinson.
The Society maintains a library at its national headquarters, produces a variety of publications and educational programs, coordinates networking and learning opportunities, and awards grants to researchers and educators. Projects of The Society include fostering plant collections, investigating promising herbal plants, and supporting an intern at the National Herb Garden, located at the National Arboretum in Washington D.C. This garden was a gift from HSA to the nation in 1980.
The Society also sponsors a variety of educational opportunities, including national and district (regional) symposia, and local events held by units across North America.
The Society’s national headquarters is located in Kirtland, Ohio (near Cleveland) adjacent to the Holden Arboretum. A Lake County farmer, Henry Earl, constructed the building in 1841.