This year’s Herb Appeal VI - A Garden Tea Party for Kentucky - is being held on Thursday, July 19 at 11:45 am. The wonderful luncheon takes place at the McCracken County Cooperative Extension Service at 2025 New Holt Road in Paducah. Lunch will begin promptly at 12:00 pm. Only 78 tickets are available at $25 each. They may be purchased, by check, at the Extension office. For more information please call 270.554.9520.

Following the luncheon, there will be a plant and craft sale in the Garden Goodies store.

Garden Party Menu

A Garden Tea Party for Kentucky begins with a specialty serving of tea, a scone with clotted cream and homemade jam from Piper's Tea and Coffee Company. The main course is catered by Midtown Market. The grand finale consists of “sweets" created by the Extension Master Gardeners.

Strawberry Spring Salad with Blueberries/ Feta/Almond and Fruit Kabobs

  • 1st Course – (Bottom Tier) Goat cheese & grilled veggies on rosemary bread, pimento cheese on rye bread, watercress and cucumber with aioli on sourdough bread, & chicken salad on Kirchhoff’s walnut bread.
  • 2nd Course – (Middle Tier) Chocolate truffles & cheesecake bites
  • 3rd Course – (Top Tier) Kentucky bourbon pecan tartlets, lemon curd tarts, & Kentucky stout brownie bites

Peter Barnett, owner of Piper's Tea and Coffee Company, will be the featured speaker. Barnett is an Englishman and barista who spent years in the coffee and tea trades in Spain and Australia. He sprinkles his program, which will be about various teas, with humor.

Extension Master Gardeners

EMGs have more than just green thumbs, they are trained in all phases of horticulture by the University of Kentucky and Kentucky State University through the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. Upon completing formal training and passing a written exam, they volunteer their time to assist the McCracken County Horticulture Extension Agent in advising home gardeners.

Brenda Johnson is the current president of the organization. She is certified by the extension service as a master gardener. To become such, she had to attend classes, pass a test, and dedicate a minimum of 30 hours volunteer time (now 40) the first year. Her team includes Kathy Wimberley, Horticulture Agent, and master gardeners, Sherry Dorris, Marianne Halicks, Diane Bach and Jane Junkerman.

MCEMG has reached a giant milestone by marking the year 2018 as one on the move. This 20th Anniversary is a celebratory move to a new location and new barn.

Educating the gardening public, both adults and children, is the primary focus of EMGs. They staff a booth at the local Farmer’s Market; sponsor a standard flower show at the McCracken County Fair each June and operate a telephone hotline for gardening questions during the growing season.

The EMGs also host a free monthly toolbox series on a vast array of gardening topics the first Tuesday of each month and maintain a Speaker’s Bureau. The local centerpiece of their work is the Demonstration and Trial Garden for which Herb Appeal is the sole fundraiser.