All About the Event
Herbstalk is a grassroots, Boston-area herbal conference that takes place every June.
We are a welcoming bunch, and everyone from professional herbalists & practitioners to herbal novices (and people passing on the street) enjoy our events.
Join us for any of the following:
If you wish to attend classes we encourage you to get tickets in advance, as space is limited.
You can also just show up the day of the event to browse the Marketplace, shop and have lunch - entry is free and open to the public all weekend!
What is Herbstalk?
Herbstalk is an educational community gathering offering herbal classes, plant walks and a marketplace. Our intent is to share herbal knowledge with a large audience during the event, and to build community around herbalism and health.
Who comes to Herbstalk?
Herbstalk is for people who love plants. Our attendees come from around New England (and beyond) to teach and attend classes for both herbal beginners and more advanced students. Herbstalk is for anyone who wants to learn more about herbalism and to connect with like-minded folks.
What is community herbalism?
The purpose of community herbalism is to help people learn practical, everyday ways to take care of themselves and their families by using food and herbs. At Herbstalk we hope to create healthier communities through education.
Why do you hold this event in the city?
We are unique as an herbal event because we gather in the city. We want to meet people where they already are and to make herbalism as accessible as possible to people in the Boston area and beyond. Plus, there are plenty of wonderful herbs that grow at our doorsteps and all across the cityscape.
What is your plant-of-the year?
Each year we choose one herb to feature and admire throughout the months leading up to Herbstalk. This year our featured plant is the lovely Rose.
When are tickets available to the event?
Class tickets will go on sale in April. As always, our herbal marketplace is free and open to all!
Where is Herbstalk located?
Herbstalk takes place at The Center for the Arts at the Armory, located at 191 Highland Ave. in Somerville, MA.
The Armory is approximately a 15-minute walk from Davis Square which is on the MTBA Red Line.
You can also arrive by using an MBTA bus that can be caught either at Lechmere (#88 bus) or Davis Square (#90 or #88 bus). Get off at the Highland Avenue and Lowell Street stop. Or you can arrive from Sullivan Square (#90 bus). Get off at the Highland Avenue and Benton Road stop.
What about parking?
Parking at the Armory is limited, so we strongly encourage you to carpool or take public transportation. There is a lot directly behind the building as well as two overflow lots within walking distance. These lots are located at 112 Central St. and 75 Belmont St. Parking is also available at the Somerville City Hall at 93 Highland Avenue. Here’s a map of the parking lot options.
If possible, please take public transportation, bike or carpool. The Davis Square T is only a leisurely 15-minute walk from the Armory. Hubway bikes are available at Davis Sq. and we’ll also have bike racks out front for easy parking.
Is there food for sale at Herbstalk?
Yes! We have a range of vendors providing a variety of delicious food options to accommodate many eating preferences. Check out our Marketplace page to see who will be there!
Where can I stay overnight in the Somerville area?
Here is a listing of some bed and breakfast options in Somerville and Cambridge.
Airbnb.com also provides listings of rooms or apartments for short-term stays.
Couchsurfing is a unique way to stay with locals.
There is a Holiday Inn and La Quinta in Somerville, or a hostel in downtown Boston.