Mountain Gardens
A botanical garden of useful plants specializing in Appalachian and Chinese medicinal herbs
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Learn to identify, propagate, cultivate, harvest and prepare medicinal herbs and other useful plants.
Classes taught at Mountain Gardens, North Carolina’s premier demonstration garden of medicinal plants, with herb shop / pharmacy, extensive research library, seed collection & plant nursery, adjacent to Pisgah National Forest.


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.

For information on driving, lodging, and refunds, click here.

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.

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Western Herbs in Chinese Medicine

  • Mountain Gardens 546 Shuford Creek Road Burnsville, NC, 28714 United States (map)

In this workshop we will review all previous efforts to classify western (American & European) herbs in Chinese medicine categories (taste & character, meridians entered, actions & indications) – we have collected eight publications on the topic, plus we’ll be referencing 75+ reports by my students at Daoist Traditions. A particular focus will be native (S. Appalachian) herbs with closely related Chinese species, such as Black cohosh / sheng ma, wild yam / bie xie, Solomon’s seal / yu zhu,American / Asian ginseng, etc. Mountain Gardens offers a unique opportunity to view these herbs in close proximity.

Earlier Event: July 7
Pao Zhi: Chinese Herb Processing
Later Event: August 25
Grow Chinese Herbs