By Phran Novelli

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – ‘Herbs, Health and Happy Hour!’ (They had me at ‘happy hour!’) Herbs taste great with food and make wonderful teas and infusions for cocktails or ‘mocktails.’ But for thousands of years, herbs have also been used medicinally, and for a long time in history, they really were all most healers had to offer. So, it’s no surprise that a new series of classes from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society takes place at the recently-renovated Herb Garden at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia on South 22nd Street.

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On Wednesday May 28th, you can learn to create the ‘Ultimate Urban Herb Garden.’ Future topics in coming months will cover ‘Cooking and Living Well With Herbs;’ ‘Cross-Cultural and Historical Use of Herbs From India,’ and the Director of the Mutter Museum Historical Medical Library will detail the ‘Plants, Poultices, and Poisons of the Civil War.’

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After each class, you’re invited to sip some herbal libations. Details and registration at

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Meanwhile, I’ll be out planting some mint….