On top of the beautiful Lookout Mountain in Northwest Georgia, we will be gathering for a wonderful herbal experience this September. I will be teaching a class on Herbs for Stress and leading a Forest Bathing experience to calm our nerves and enliven our senses. I’m excited that herbalists Ila Hatter and Lauren Haynes will be leading herb walks and teaching medicine making. You won’t want to miss this herbal gathering for women.
For more information and to register click here for the Into the Wild Herbal Gathering.
The Art of Botany looks at the cross-pollination of art and plants, uniting artists and naturalists into dialogue. This program will feature three Knoxville-based artists and creatives, Margaret Scanlan, Norman Magden, and David Denton, who collaborated on the multi-media, experiential work, “Poppy Project,” at the Knoxville Botanical Garden in 2016. Local therapist, herbalist, and naturalist Holli Richey will respond to their work, speaking on the cultural use and medical history of poppies. Join us for a fascinating discussion on the generation of creativity by, and healing from, the humble plant.
Artemisia annua, or sweet Annie, is related to wormwood which is the key ingredient in Absinthe. Sweet Annie has been used effectively in Africa for malaria. Traditionally in Appalachia it was made into wreaths to hang on the door, smelling sweetly all winter.
I hope to see you at the 2013 Medicinal Plant Symposium. I presented two years ago on the healing chemistry of plants. Topics this year are on Traditional Chinese herbs, Latin American Ethnobotany, growing and using medicinal plants through the seasons, and a special talk on the anti-malarial properties of Sweet Annie (Artemisia annua).
This is my topic:
A Professional Herbalist’s Perspective in Matching People with Plants
People have a personality. Dis-eases have a personality. Plants have a personality. Professional herbalists play match-maker in introducing plants to people who are experiencing an emotional-physical-spiritual imbalance. This whole-systems approach to herbal medicine recognizes the complexity of plants and people, going beyond the reductionist model of active constituents for physical symptoms. Using case studies, Holli Richey will illustrate how herbs in their whole form provide a healing complement to mind-body illness.
Attached is a pdf of the brochure.
Spring Equinox at the Chattanooga Arboretum.
THE SPRING SALE DATES: Friday April 27th and Saturday April 28th, 9-5pm
The annual spring native plant sale at Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center (Reflection Riding) is always a huge success. Very few garden centers and nurseries offer such a wide selection of plants native to the Cumberland Plateau and Ridge and Valley ecosystem.
I’ll be speaking at the Medicinal Plant Symposium at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia on Tuesday, October 18. My topic is on the Basics of Medicinal Plant Constituents. I’ll break down the medicinal constituents of plants into understandable terms. The entire conference includes wonderful medicinal plant speakers from around Georgia.
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Callaway Building Auditorium
Bot Garden member $60; non-member $65 (includes lunch)
During this day-long seminar, five medicinal plant experts will explore a variety of medicinal plants and some of the belief systems that guide their use. The program will introduce medical botany both in the botanically rich southeastern U.S. and in other parts of the world emphasizing traditional as well as current uses of medicinal plants. The program will also explore cultivation of drought resistant native medicinal plants in Georgia and herbal medicine making. Please visit our website at www.uga.edu/botgarden/eduadult.html for a complete agenda.
This program serves as an Elective for the Certificate in Native Plants.
To register go to www.uga.edu/botgarden/eduregister.html
The ornamental Datura with a mysteriously bizarre past. Very toxic in small doses, though historically used as medicine.
Mark your calendars and register early to join Holli Richey for the Edible & Medicinal Garden & Weed Walk at the Brick House Studios Saturday August 7th from 10am-2pm. $35, Lunch included.
Participants will meander through the gardens of the oldest standing brick house in Oglethorpe County (c. 1820), while learning the medicinal and edible attributes of the garden flowers and wild weeds.
Included is a gourmet lunch served on vintage tablecloths, either outside in the shade or indoors, depending on the weather. The menu will be offering wild delectable weeds, fresh-from-the-garden vegetables, edible flowers, herbal infusion teas, and refreshing mint & lemon balm “mock”-tails.
Elephant Ears (Taro) at the Brick House.
Space is limited, so register early by either calling or emailing Holli Richey, 404-695-1812; firstname.lastname@example.org
1892 Athens Rd. Crawford, GA 30630
On Hwy 78, 12 miles east of Athens. On the left. 1.5 miles passed the Oglethrope County line.
Brick House Studios behind a beauty-berry bush
What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday!