NORTH CANTON  Big hats, summer dresses, decorative tea cups and tea pots, shopping and lots of conversation was the order of the day at the annual Summer Garden Tea fundraiser hosted by the Herb Society at the Hoover Historical Center in North Canton.

The tea is held in the Hoover Banquet Hall inside Walsh University’s Hoover Park, which is surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens and a waterfall.

The talented members of the Herb Society provided their guests with herbal cuisine and hot and cold teas. Members of the Herb Society organize and plan the event, make all the items on the menu and serve the guests.

This year’s menu included, among other delectables, chicken salad in a cup, cucumber bites, pepper jelly, zucchini pie and, of course, hot and cold tea. Cream wafers, grape salad, lemon bars and other sweets were also part of the menu.

"We usually limit the number of guests to 128 and we usually raise $2,500 in ticket sales," said Ann Haines, operations coordinator of the Hoover Historical Center. "Guests are also able to enter a raffle for themed gift baskets and shop in our Unique Boutique, which is filled with live plants and tea and garden items donated by the Society’s members."

The Summer Garden Tea was started in 1999 by Maryanne Stigerwalt as a way to raise money for the Herb Society to maintain the herb gardens just outside the Hoover Historical Center. The event has been held on a Sunday since the beginning. This year the group changed it to a Tuesday.

Sandee Haverty, co-chair for the event, said, "I hope everyone keeps in mind for future teas that we have changed the day of the week to Tuesday because it has been such a tradition for us to hold the event on Sunday."

The speaker of the day was Master Gardner Jeanne Poremski who talked to the group about bulbs. Attendees could also take a guided tour of the gardens.

Next year’s event is scheduled for Sept. 12. Those interested in more details can call Haines at 330-490-7435 or email her at