2015 PA Herb & Garden Festival Speakers 

Joe Manotti has been gardening over 25 years, with the last 10 years exclusively using the Square Foot Gardening method. He became a Certified Instructor through "The Square Foot Gardening Foundation" and was taught by Mel Bartholomew, inventor of "Square Foot Gardening". Joe enjoys teaching people how to grow their own fresh fruits and vegetables. Joe's company Your Garden Solution, enables gardeners to grow more in less space, while saving them time, water and seeds in the process.

Sue Morris, creator of Sue’s Salves and the “Planting and Living by the Moon” calendar has been making remedies from organically grown plants she grows in her central Pennsylvania garden for more than 12 years. Sue has been offering workshops at the PA Herb & Garden Festival as well as The Mother Earth News Fair and many other events to help others understand the connection between plants and health care as well as the connections that plants have to the planetary energies. She is a unique resource for this kind of knowledge and happy to share it with others. 

Susanna Reppert Brill - Susanna and her husband David Brill are the owners of The Rosemary House, one of America's oldest herb shops.  The Rosemary House opened in 1968 by her mother and is located in Mechanicsburg PA.  Both she and her husband are graduates of David Winston's School of Herbal Therapeutics.

Blake Romano owner of North Mountain Nursery LLC, located in Newville PA.  Blake grows vegetable seedlings, annuals, perennials, herbs, cut flowers and produce the organic way.  He uses the method of "Companion Planting"  to attract good insects and eliminate pests without the use of chemicals.

Tina Sams - Editor, publisher, and writer of The Essential Herbal Magazine for the past 14 years. Skilled in soap making, medicine making, foraging, and wildcrafting with herbs, but enjoys all aspects of herbalism. Reintroducing native plants into the family woodlands and creating an edible yard (permaculture-lite) are current long-term projects.  Tina is the author of a book titled "Healing Herbs" which will be released in March 2015. Please follow this link for additional information on where the book can be purchased.  Tina will also be available at the show to sell and autograph books.

​Barbara Steele is a nationally known herbalist, who has presented herbal programs from the east coast to the west coast. She lectures, demonstrates and entertains her love of green growing health giving herbal plants to gardening clubs, herbal symposiums and botanical groups. Recently she has been the featured speaker at the York Pennsylvania Herb and Garden Festival presenting the Herb of the Year selection. Another venue has been “Commonground on the Hill”, McDaniel College, Westminster, Maryland where Barbara has presented a full week of “Botanical Art”, “Everything you Want to Know About Herbs” , and “Garden Design” over the past years. Barbara and her husband Roger owned and operated Alloway Creek Gardens, a well known mid-Atlantic herb and plant business located just south of Gettysburg PA. for 38 years. The nursery closed in 2014 and Barbara is pursuing her art and spending time in her own garden and well as presenting programs.

​Pat Sweetman is a long time member of The Herb Society of America becoming the founder of The Mason Dixon Unit in 2000.  A 24 year member of "Partners In Thyme Herb Club of Pennsylvania/Maryland' and a Penn State Master Gardener.

Narah Tomboc - Narah's career as a compassionate bodyworker began in 2008 in a cutting-edge chiropractic office in Lancaster, PA. Narah gained hands-on training and clinical experience practicing a highly specialized form of acupressure that recovers vital healing Life Force energy. Since her time practicing in Lancaster, she has grown in experience as a Master Teacher in Lotus Light Reiki & Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki. Completing the Massage Therapy program at YTI, Capital Region, enabled her to become a unique, licensed massage therapist offering services to the Harrisburg area that are deeply healing and intrinsically therapeutic.