Enjoy an introduction our native herbs--the plants with aromatic or savory properties used for food, seasonings, fragrances, medicine and even just for their beauty. Learn how to recognize them and find out how to use them.
Sue Arnold is a founder of the Central Indiana Herb Society and a winner of the Herb Society of America Certificate of Achievement. Her personal garden is the first Indiana garden to be certified as a GreenBridges Garden by the Herb Society.
Big Sue was born on a farm in Iowa, and grew up being outdoors as much as she could. Her family gardened both for the enjoyment of trees and flowers and for vegetables and fruits to feed the family. 4-H was a continued learning experience, and she followed her mother as a county and state fair 4-H judge. She didn’t become Big Sue until her niece Little Sue was born. She remains Big Sue as Little Sue is the runt of the family at 5’9”.
She moved to Indiana soon after graduating from Iowa State University in Textiles Merchandising, and has happily remained here. Her serious return to gardening came with early retirement from Countrymark Co-op, giving her the opportunity to attend Master Gardening classes. Her departed husband used to introduce her as "the insufferable advanced gold level master gardener".
She fell in love with her initial volunteering work at the greenhouse at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and has now been on part-time staff there for 12 years. She also coordinates the volunteers for the herb garden at White Gardens, and has worked with chefs and students at the Culinary and Herb Garden at Ivy Tech. She continues to enjoy the outdoors and is a member of the local and state Audubon Societies, the Central Indiana Herb Society and Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society.