Tours and Workshops

Public Tours:

Saturday, April 15th, 10 am – noon

Thursday, May 4th, 6 – 7:30 pm

Saturday, May 13th, 10 am – noon

Tuesday, June 6th, 6:30 – 8 pm

Saturday, June 17th, 10 am – noon

$15 – 20 per person sliding scale, give what you can ~ no one turned down for lack of funds

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Volunteer Days:

starting in April through October, we will be having volunteer days on most Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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Foraging & First Aid with Abby Artemisia*

Saturday, June 17th 2 – 4 pm

sliding scale $20-25/person, 2-4:00

Let’s take a meander through the amazing gardens and beyond, learning which plants you can grow in your garden or wild harvest for everyday ailments and health support. We’ll discuss the basic tips and tricks of plant identification, safe and ethical foraging practices, tools, preservation, and formula making. Bring your notebook, camera, field guides, and dress for the weather.

Abby Artemisia*  Founder of the WANDER (Wild Artemisia Nature Discovery, Empowerment, and Reconnection) School, Botanist, Herbalist, & Professional Forager, Abby Artemisia, lives on the edge of Pisgah National Forest in the Black Mountains of North Carolina. She learned about plants playing in the woods, working on organic farms, an herbal apprenticeship, a bachelor’s degree in Botany, and running her own tea business. She teaches about plant identification, native plants, and working with plants for food and medicine in her Wild Apprenticeship Program and throughout the country. Abby’s mission is to inspire reconnection with nature to empower a healthier world with many stewards.

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Plant Family Patterns Walk with special guest Marc Williams

Saturday, September 23rd, 2 – 4 pm

Plant Family Patterns can greatly aid in demystifying the “green wall” of species around us. Approximately 300,000 species of flowering plants are known to global science. These species have been grouped into around 15,000 genera and close to 500 flowering plant families. About 200 flowering plant families grow in the temperate world where it annually frosts and or freezes. You will know something significant about the majority of plants that you see in the temperate world if you learn the top 30 families around you. It is often possible to guess whether a plant is edible, medicinal, or poisonous simply by the family it occupies. However, some exceptions are important to know as well. We will engage in a walk and talk around the legendary Green Farmacy garden of Jim Duke where we will delve into the major plant families of the Southern USA. Students will reinforce plant identification skills by observing family patterns such as leaf, flower and fruit types. Uses including edibility, medicinality, craft, wildlife promotion and landscape beauty as well as potential invasiveness will be discussed. Participants will gain a more holistic understanding of the major plants comprising the Southern US flora and their potential ecological and ethnobotanical applications.
Fee: $15-25 Sliding Scale

SuperNatural Sodas, Magical Meads, Local Liqueurs with Special Guest Ethnobotanist Marc Williams

Sunday, September 24th, 1 -4:30 pm

Come join us at the legendary Green Farmacy garden of extraordinary ethnobotanist Jim Duke for a class on the ancient art of brewing beverages. We will sample various drinks while also crafting a mead and reviewing step by step directions for making your own special sodas and liqueurs. This class will empower each student to reclaim the wonder of uniquely created items to please any palate! A plant walk and foraging tour will also be part of the educational offerings. Please help spread the word to people in the area!

Fee: $25-40 sliding scale

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