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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Herbal Preparations

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

In this full-day workshop, we will explore techniques and preparations from Eclectic herbalism of the 19th century.  We will also look at those used to produce traditional Chinese preparations. We've assembled a good collection of pharmacy textbooks, formularies, materia medica, etc. from the era when medicine was herbal medicine.  We will introduce texts and demonstrate techniques and apparatus as we make tinctures (alcoholic extracts) using both maceration and percolation methods, water extracts by way of infusion and decoction, honey pills, herbal mead, and salve. We will also demonstrate essential oil and hydrosol distillation.

Earlier Event: July 20
Chinese Herb Processing (Pao Zhi)
Later Event: August 24
Summer Plant Walk