These are herbs that help the body adapt to stress, in other words, health and longevity promoting herbs. This is my favorite category of herbs and I have put a lot of effort into acquiring and learning to grow them. After a brief introduction to the concept, worldwide, and relevant literature, we’ll tour the garden examining and discussing the plants. We’ll conclude in the herbshop and look at a full range of Chinese tonic herbs and discuss how to use them.
Half day classes are 1:00 – 5:00 pm Cost: $50
All day workshops are 9:30 am – 5:00 pm Cost $100 (bring your own lunch)
Cost includes handouts, seed and plant distributions and samples of herbs and preparations as appropriate.
Each session will include: a plant walk in the garden and/or adjacent National Forest, lecture/demonstration, hands-on practice, resources and bibliography for further study.
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To register for an event, please either call: 828-675-5664 or follow the link for each date to register online.
We offer a 25% discount to students, Celo residents, and groups of 3 or more. Email us for a code.
These workshops take advantage of our unique combination of diverse habitats, extensive plant collection, extraordinary library and well-equipped herb shop, plus my forty years of study and experimentation.
As a ‘botanic garden of useful plants’, one of our purposes is to introduce and promote new useful plants, for gardeners, growers, herbalists and chefs. Areas of special interest include wildfoods, medicinal herbs, (native and oriental), health-boosting (tonic, adaptogenic) plants and east-west parallels in botany and pharmacy.
Seeds and plants of most of the species discussed will be available for purchase; additionally participants will have the opportunity to purchase freshly dug, bare-root plants at a considerable saving.