The Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County is offering a new gardening workshop, “Growing, Harvesting and Preserving Your Herbs.”

This free workshop is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon on June 27 at the EARTH Center located in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick.

The workshop will discuss the basics of designing, planting and caring for an herb garden, as well as container gardening.

The program is free but registration is required by June 24. To register, call 732-398-5262.

“Annual and perennial herbs have long been part of gardening traditions,” says Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “The plants themselves are as varied as their many uses, such as cooking, medicine, fragrance or to add to the color and aesthetic of one’s garden. I know that this will be another great workshop from the Master Gardeners, and an opportunity for all local gardeners to get creative.”

Those interested in the decorative side of herbs will want to view EARTH Center’s herb garden, Circle of Thyme. The Circle is an example of a formal herb garden design. Its 13 themed beds will offer visitors an up close look at the variety of herbs available to gardeners in New Jersey, and provide inspiration for experienced herbalists and aspiring gardeners alike. The Circle of Thyme also features raised beds to make enjoying the garden easier for those in wheelchairs or less mobile.

“The Master Gardeners’ workshops are one of the things Middlesex County loves most about the Earth Center,” says Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the County’s Business Development and Education Committee. “The Gardeners have done a wonderful job in maintaining and designing this year’s Circle of Thyme themes, and I know those participating in the herb workshop will find the material and the herb garden to be engaging and informative.”