Herb Garden Walk

Posted on July 13, 2014. Filed under: Health, Plants | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Herb Walk 1

 

I pulled my tail out of bed at 5 a.m. this morning to drive an hour and a half to Madison, Wisconsin to attend the Wildwood Institute’s Herb Garden Walk.  The tour was given by Kathleen Wildwood, owner of the Institute and her students.  They introduced the medicinal uses of about 7 plants she is growing in the herb garden of her house.  Across the street is a house she rents for classes.

I was surprised how much I already knew and also how much there is to learn.  I am bowled over by the many plants we can grow right here that have powerful medicine in them if you know how to use them.

Kathleen, like a lot of herbalists, asked us to, “Ask permission of the plant to pick a leaf.”  And she thanked the wind and the plants at the end of her talk.  As a person of Christian faith I am sad when the creation is honored and worshipped rather than the Creator, so I just substituted my thanks To God for His many gifts in nature to us.  I don’t think Kathleen would mind.

All in all I was very glad I went and I am energized to grow calendula!  More on that later I have lemon balm to harvest.

MeadowsweetMeadowsweet – a plant to try next

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