Wild Yam, mother of the pill,
Changed us more than most herbs will. ~Jim Duke
Garden Director, Medicine Maker, & Workshop Facilitator
My intrinsic passion for nature has been evolving ever since I was a young child. Growing up I spent my time in the backyard or surrounding woods, exploring every rock, plant and creature that crossed my path with amazed curiosity and wonder. Enchanted by all things wild and free, I can never get enough of the natural world through experimenting, playing, learning, and Being. Decades into my deepening appreciation, my zeal for all things ancient and earthly continues to grow. I am forever enthralled by the magic of nature among us beheld by exploring the forests & fields, and nurturing my own plots of plants. I have been studying herbalism as well as brewing botanical delicacies & medicines for myself and loved ones for nearly a decade; my heart & soul are full knowing I will forever be a student meandering along the glorious green trail. I am filled with gratitude and joy to be a member of The Green Farmacy Garden team on this next step along my plant path. It is a great honor and delight to spread Jim Duke’s vision to bring his book The Green Pharmacy to life, and continue to inspire and touch the hearts of countless to come. It brings me immense joy to host guests to be friends at the garden and create everlasting connections. Offering workshops, tours, volunteer days, and sharing the Garden with others brings me endless delight. I hope to meet you in the Garden!
May we keep Earth’s wild places protected, the gardens lush, medicine in the people’s hands, and curiosity & appreciation in the hearts❦
Events and Communications Manager, Head Gardener, Medicine Maker, Workshop Facilitator
Head Gardener, Medicine Maker, Grants & Mutual Aid Coordinator
Michelle is our newest gardener at GFG! She volunteered with the garden for several months after her herbal apprenticeship with Wild Ginger brought her to the garden for a tour, and accepted the part-time position as assistant gardener in February 2020. Michelle is a community herbalist and gardener who has been studying with plants since 2013, and whose work is founded on mutual aid, social justice, and community liberation. She is elated and grateful to work in the healing garden and learn from her peers, humans and plants alike. She sees herbalism and plant-human relationships as a deeply human practice, that connects us to each other, the earth, and our history, and that holds hope for the future of humanity to heal the parts of humanity that have been poisoned by capitalist white supremacist violence. She has loved working with spring seedlings, late-summer flower harvests, and tropicals, and teaching workshops!
Helen Lowe Metzman
Director Emeritus, Workshop Facilitator
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.
GFG Staff and Volunteers through the years
Andrea Miller and Jared Gulliford buttercupping it up