Wild Yam, mother of the pill,
Changed us more than most herbs will. ~Jim Duke
Jared Gulliford, Garden Director
Jared became interested in herbs as teenager following a variety of illnesses and generally weak immune system. With real results, his love and reverence for plants grew. He continued to study herbs and food medicine with encouragement from his brothers; volunteering, interning, and working at various farms and gardens along the east coast. He first volunteered at the garden in 2012 and began attending the weekly music sessions, drawn to the pairing of Duke’s tangible research to herbal folkloric traditions and beliefs. He is excited for the opportunity to further his education, produce medicine, and teach others.
Helen Lowe Metzman, Director Emeritus
Helen has tended to and educated others about the medicinal plants of Jim Duke’s Green Farmacy Garden since 2006. In addition to her time spent in the garden, Helen worked part time for the Howard County Maryland Department of Recreation and Parks in the Natural Resources Division as a Natural Resource Specialist and an Environmental Educator. The study of natural history, botany, and art has been her lifelong passion, and she is able to integrate these passions in her work in the garden and for Howard County. Helen is a graduate of the University of Vermont and the Tai Sophia Institute’s Master of Science Program in Herbal Medicine.
Andrea Miller, Garden Curator
Andrea has been exposed to plants and gardening her whole life. Her fondest memories are of her gardening with her grandmother in Appalachia Ohio where she is from. Andrea enjoys spending time with her dog on her grandparent’s farm in Ohio where native medicinals thrive. She is currently living in Maryland with her cat, Kiwi, where she manages the MUIH herb garden and works at the Green Farmacy garden.
Elana Eve Metzman, Garden Curator, Medicine Maker/Experimenter
Andrea Miller and Jared Gulliford buttercupping it up