Mountain Gardens
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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.


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.

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

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.

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Edible Plant Walk, with Stephen Barstow

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

Mountain Gardens is pleased and honored to announce a plant walk with Stephen Barstow on Sunday Sept 22 1-5 pm. Stephen is the author of "Around the World in Eighty Plants", the best book available on growing and using perennial vegetables, and since he resides in Norway all the plants he discusses are hardy here. He will be visiting Mountain Gardens in between giving a presentation at the Atlanta Botanic Garden and then flying to Iowa to give a keynote address at a Midwest Wild Harvest Festival being organized by Sam Thayer. You can read much more about his work at his website and see pictures of his record breaking salad incorporating 537 varieties of perennials.

Perennial vegetables is a very important topic: I met Stephen at a conference in Switzerland on "Perennials for Food Resilience" (you can google that for more information). Perennials offer not only food resilience (less susceptible to the vagaries of climate change) but also a potential reduction in greenhouse gases since they sequester carbon in their roots. Food production accounts for a third to half of greenhouse gases by some estimates. The world is full of excellent, gourmet even (think asparagus and artichokes, the only two we commonly utilize), food plants and yet our food system is based entirely on annuals with all the plowing, etc. and bare soil that goes along. "Perennial" needs to become the next big thing in food, after "organic" and "local". I hope you can join us for what promises to be a very informative discussion and plant walk.

Earlier Event: September 21
Tonic Wines