Techniques and preparations from Eclectic herbalism of the 19th century. We will also look at techniques and apparatus used to produce traditional Chinese preparations. I have assembled a good collection of pharmacy textbooks, formularies, dispensatories, materia medica, etc. from the era when medicine was herbal medicine. I’ll introduce the texts and demonstrate techniques and apparatus as we make a tincture, percolation, infusion, decoction, essential oil / hydrosol, herbal mead, salve, and honey pills. (I hope we can squeeze all that in.)
All-day workshops are 9:30 am – 5:00 pm Cost $100 (bring your own lunch)
Half-day classes are 1:00 – 5:00 pm Cost: $50
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 follow the link for each date to register online, or call 828-675-5664.
We offer a 20% discount to students, residents of Yancey and Mitchell Counties, 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.