Tours and Workshops

Beginner Botany Basics

Every Saturday of April 2021, 10:30am-12:30pm

Learn how to use a field guide to identify plants in the wild.

This 4-session course will equip you to use a field guide to determine a plant’s family, genus, and usually species identification.

The first session will be devoted to learning botanical terms for plant parts, which you must learn in order to use the Newcomb’s Field Guide. During the remaining sessions, you’ll develop your proficiency applying these terms and using the guide to identify plants from a variety of families, including:

  • Amaryllidaceae (Amaryllis family)
  • Asteraceae (Aster family)
  • Berberidaceae (Barberry family)
  • Brassicaceae (Brassica family)
  • Lamiaceae (Mint family)
  • Papaveraceae (Poppy family)
  • Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)
  • Rosaceae (Rose family)
  • Rutaceae (Citrus/ Rue family)

You’ll learn some characteristics of these families to help you not only identify, but also learn uses for the plants you encounter.

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Public Tour

Sunday, April 11, 11-1am

Join us for a tour of Dr. Jim Duke’s one-of-a-kind Green Farmacy Garden and see which medicinal plants are already sprouting and blooming.

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Container Gardening

Saturday, April 17, 2-5pm

Expert guidance on growing your own food and herbs in containers; take home a plant baby in perfect time to get your own garden going.

In this workshop, you’ll be empowered to:

  • Understand the pros and cons of container gardening, reasons to choose this style of growing, and decide if it’s the best option for your situation
  • Creatively source affordable and/ or free non-traditional containers
  • Learn how the basic needs and wants of a plant are impacted by the differing availability of resources in above-ground (container) vs. in-ground growing, and explore resource-management strategies such as passive watering
  • Make it work! Via additions, extra care, attention, and maintenance

After learning the ins and outs, we’ll get our hands in the dirt and plant some goodness together. We’ll have some seeds and seedlings on hand that you can pot and take home to work with in your new or evolving garden.

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Investigating Invasives: Early Spring

Sunday, April 18, 11am-1pm

Explore various invasive plant species, including where to find them, how to eat or medicine them, and practice harvesting/ removing them.

Each month we’ll work with a different resource to inform the group’s consideration of this exploration space.

We’ll start by introducing a species or few over tea and addressing some of the questions above. Then we’ll venture out to meet the plant, compare-and-contrasting observations to our source material, and continue discussion while working to remove a stand and process the harvest for use.

In April’s session, we’ll work with some of the following species:

  • Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata): entire plant edible
  • Japanese knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum): medicinal root, edible shoot
  • Yellow Archangel (Lamium galeobdolon): edible aerial parts
  • Lesser Celandine (Ficaria verna): edible and medicinal uses

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The Yoga of Plants

Saturday, April 24, 2-4pm

Explore wild edible plants, permaculture, and herbalism through the lens of yogic philosophy.

In this walk and talk, we will explore wild edible plants, permaculture (a design science for developing sustainable ways of living), and herbalism through the lens of yoga philosophy. This is easily my favorite class to lead! I will be sharing some very simple and profound techniques that make it easy and fun for anyone to learn the mysteries of the plant kingdom. We will cover:

  • the foundational principles of yoga philosophy
  • the top wild edible plants and mushrooms in the mid-Atlantic
  • the why and how of Permaculture
  • the basics of herbal healing
  • intro level botany
  • and more!

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