Monday, August 1, 2011

Two More Herbal Events This Season!

Although it's been a great season for sharing about the herbs around here, it's been a very dry season for the herbs themselves in my garden. The lack of vibrancy that comes from a happy and well watered plant community is visibly lacking this year as all the plants seem to be waiting for some good regular watering from above. I do my best with the hose to keep my newly planted and non-local plants going, but it really is no comparison to a good shower, and the plants know it. My elderberries seem to be dropping before they fully ripen. Fortunately, the native and wild herbs are among the most hardy of plants, and will not only be fine, but often act as if nothing is out of the ordinary at all (I don't hear the dock complaining).

Time moves on in the garden and with the ripening of the black walnuts I am reminded that fall will soon be here. Fall is a whole new season for gathering the medicinal herbs. Some folks from the herbal home health series classes have asked me to add a class on roots. I love the idea, but I just can't see how to fit a whole new class into this season. However, I am adding a Fall Herb Walk, in which we will look at what is best to gather in the fall of the year, and hey, maybe we'll even dig up a couple roots. See below for details.

I've also been asked to do a children's class. I love this idea, and really enjoy sharing the plants with the children. I don't have time to do anything in depth this year, but I am adding a storytelling hour for the end of August. If there is an interest in deeper exploration of the useful plants, I may offer either an herbal children's series or an herbal camp for children next season. Please let me know what you want to see offered. My goal for these classes is make the herbs accessible in your lives so you can benefit from their many gifts. Opening the door to the world of the healing plants is a magical experience, and one that changes your life forever. I love to offer the key to that door to those curious about what is on the other side.

Children's Herbal Storytelling Hour
An hour of storytelling in the garden for young people interested in the wild plants growing in their back yards. We will meet a handful of the most common weeds, hear the stories about them from different times and cultures, and learn a few of their uses.
Cost: $5 per child
Sunday, August 28 from 10 to 11 am
This is a gentle and fun introduction to the herbs for children
*Parents are welcome to attend the storytelling, or relax in the shade for an hour. 
(hey, bring your knitting!)

Fall Herb Walk
You may be putting the garden to sleep, but it's still harvesting season for many herbs. Roots, barks and seeds are best harvested in the fall of the year. We'll look at some wild herb folks are likely to find growing around their yard, as well as a few medicinal plants from the herb garden. As always, interested young people are welcome to attend.
Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for young people
Sunday, October 2nd from 10 to 12 am
Please wear boots if you have them, as we may be walking in wet areas.

All classes will be in my garden in Cochranville, Pa
To register for these events, please e-mail me at

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