Sculptor, Mary Albrecht in 2000 at dedication of "Rosemary: Goddess of Herbs," donated by Austin Herb Society

Mary Albrecht (1930-2007) had a long career as an artist, sculptor and designer. For many years she was active in various art organizations in the Dallas area, including the Texas Fine Arts Association and the Texas Society of Sculptors, of which she was a founding member. Her interests extended to writing with memberships in Sisters in Crime and the Austin Writers League.

Judith Craft proposed placing a statue in the center of the herb garden to then AHS president Ellen Zimmermann. The board decided to hold a competition to choose which of several designs would be best suited for the space. Mary's entry of "Rosemary," which stands in the center of the herb garden, won by a huge margin. Through the Austin Community Access Cable television, Mary took classes in film production and made a short film about the construction of the Rosemary statue. Sadly, all of her activities were cut short by a progressive illness.

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Zilker Botanical Garden
2220 Barton Spgs Rd.
Austin, TX 78746

Mission Statement

Provide education and encourage the cultivation and use of herbs for their beneficial purposes: medicinal, culinary, aromatic, as well as landscaping. Provide charitable and volunteer support to our non-profit community and community projects.

The Austin Herb Society, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) member- supported, nonprofit operating under the umbrella of the Austin Area Garden Council.