“That old September feeling left over from school days, of summer passing, of vacation nearly done, books, football in the air; Another fall, another turned page……there was something of jubilee in that annual autumnal beginning…”

                         -- Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose

I do love the autumn…just as Stegner described in the quote above…that old September feeling left over from school days---it has always held a sense of anticipation for me…the return to school and the coming autumn and winter holidays.

For gardeners this can be a busy time of harvesting and preserving and planting! It’s a great time to be making herb butters and vinegars and also pot pourris. To make my favorite herb butter: Combine in food processor 1 pound Irish butter, 2 Tablespoons lemon juice, 3 Tablespoons rough chopped rosemary, 2 T chopped oregano and 4 chopped garlic cloves. This can be frozen in mini muffin pans for easy later use. It’s wonderful not only on breads, but also veggies. Try on sweet corn—yum!


The annual family vacation in Carmel always signals the end of summer and I begin planning my autumn activities and workshops. To mark the summer/fall transition period I am offering a program “Jane Austen Era”. You’ll learn a bit about this extraordinary author and the time in which she lived. We will make a fresh Georgian arrangement of herbs and flowers, a small embroidered (that part is done!) Georgian lady dream pillow, and you will receive in addition to a little program booklet, a Minton china (Haddon Hall pattern) cream soup bowl and saucer filled with lavender and freeze dried rose petals! I can offer this only to 8 people. It’s a very special program and the proceeds will of course go to children’s cancer research in honor of my grandson Alex, still fighting osteosarcoma. Following the workshop will be a Georgian Afternoon Tea.

In addition to the Jane Austin event, I will offer three different workshops in the autumn in my home in Danville, California.


Proceeds to Children’s Cancer Research in honor of Alex McLin: 


SEPTEMBER 24 MONDAY 1030 AM-1:30 PM FEE: $75.00

Enjoy a relaxing time in the company of kindred spirits, using herbs and flowers to create beauty. A Minton china keepsake ($40.00 value) will be a remembrance of this special workshop. Limited to 8 participants.  This workshop is sold out - contact Rebecca to put your name on a waiting list.


OCTOBER 13 SATURDAY 10:30 AM-1:30 PM   Fee: $70.00 

Make a bountiful herbal wreath ---use a bounty of fragrant herbs with a variety of textures to make a stunning wreath. Some wheat and autumn touches may be added if desired. Enjoy an herbal lunch following workshop. All materials provided, but bring clippers!


OCTOBER 21 SUNDAY 10 :30AM -1:30 PM Fee: $70.00

Make a beautiful floral herb arrangement with a real pumpkin. This will last for months as the pumpkin will not be cut. Just refresh your plant material and continue to use. A luncheon featuring pumpkin will follow the workshop. This is always a fun one!


DECEMBER 3 MONDAY 10:30 AM-1:30 PM FEE: 70:00

Make a fragrant holiday wreath of cedar, redwood, juniper, magnolia, boxwood, rosemary. Enjoy a hearty winter soup lunch after workshop.

Payment is due one month in advance of event. It is non-refundable. 

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WHERE TO SEND CHECKS & OTHER QUESTIONS? Email Rebecca at rjbyrom or phone 925 831-1680  

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