Plants were selling quickly at the annual Illinois Valley Herb Guild Garden Faire sale Saturday at St. Bede Academy.
Among some of the most popular plants were the “old basic” herbs, such as dill and parsley.
“We ran out of those right away,” said Lorraine Terando, an herb guild member.
Terando said the herb sale features some organically grown herbs that are often difficult to find from local retailers.
While plants were selling quickly, gardeners may want to slow down when it comes to planting them at home because of this year’s weather, said Gwen Bray, president of the herb guild.
“It’s the first real spring we’ve had in a long time,” Bray said.
Compared to recent years, when gardeners have had plants in the ground early, Bray said people will need to watch the weather before jumping into the garden this year.
Bray also said many people are becoming aware of herbs for more than just their culinary uses.
A bit of herbalist wisdom says the each person has three plants that are particularly beneficial to him or her, she said.
“Usually the ones you’re most attracted to are best for you,” she said.
The sale expanded a bit this year with introduction of an apothecary, Steve Marcellis of Ottawa, who knows the benefits of herbs and essential oils.
Marcellis was selling his handcrafted soaps and herbal products, while teaching people about natural herb remedies.
“Herbal products and essential oils have therapeutic value,” he said.
He said many of the herbs and essential oils he uses in his products go beyond cosmetic uses and can provide other benefits, from pain relief to deterring insects.