The Garden as Healer: Preserving Biodiversity by Growing At-Risk Medicinal Plants (GARDENING - 13GARD10)

  Please register at the door - room 55 in the basement. Take the elevator down and go to the right.
November 23rd, 2013 10:00 AM   through   5:00 PM
14500 Juanita Dr. NE
Bastyr University
Kenmore, WA 98028-4966
United States

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Phone: (425) 602-3152
General public $ 85.00
Bastyr/NIAOM Alumni $ 75.00
Full time student $ 50.00
BU staff $ 65.00
Campus Kenmore Campus
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The best food and medicine is that which you grow yourself. Spend the day learning how you can cultivate some of the most important and useful medicinal plants in your own garden. Instructor: Alexis Durham, BSc. Oct 19, Sat, 10a.m.-5p.m. 6 HRs

The climate in the Pacific Northwest is uniquely suited to the growth of many medicinal species that are at-risk of extinction in their native habitats. With an in-depth discussion of each plant from seed to medicinal application, you will leave the class with the information you need to help conserve these important wild resources. The class will also include a tour of Bastyr’s Medicinal Herb Garden, allowing you the opportunity to see, touch, taste and smell the plants we will be discussing.

Upon completion of this seminar you will be able to:

  • Identify the proper growing and harvest conditions of several different at-risk medicinal herbs
  • Identify the proper growing and harvest conditions of sustainable substitutes for at-risk medicinal herbs
  • List reputable resources on the subject of growing at-risk medicinal herbs and their medicinal applications

Course Note: Wear outdoor clothing and shoes for Medicinal Herb Garden tour.

Meals: One hour lunch break – Bring a sack lunch or eat in Bastyr’s dining commons.

Location: Bastyr University Kenmore Campus, room #55. Bastyr University is housed in an older facility with fluctuating interior temperatures; it is advisable to wear layers. Also, Bastyr is a “fragrance-free” campus.

Optional Texts: Planting the Future: Saving Our Medicinal Herbs, by rosemary Gladstar & Pamela Hirsch and The Medicinal Herb Grower, Vol. 1, by Richo Cech.. These texts may be available in the Bastyr bookstore. Call ahead for availability, 425-602-3026.

Alexis Durham earned her BSc in Herbal Sciences from Bastyr University in 2008. Upon graduating, she pursued a clinical internship with a naturopath in Seattle and worked in the dispensary at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health.  She began teaching and speaking publicly on herbal medicine while working for the American Botanical Council in Austin, TX.

An opportunity to learn more from the plants themselves led her to the sun-baked hills of Southern Oregon where she worked at Horizon Herbs, cultivating medicinal and edible plants, as well as teaching a series of herbal medicine making and materia medica classes for Herb Pharm’s Herbaculture Residential Study Program.  She also successfully coordinated the 23rd Annual Symposium for the American Herbalists Guild and volunteered for Rogue Valley Farm to School, a nonprofit organization that educates children about our food system using hands-on farm and garden programs. 

Alexis recently returned to Seattle as Bastyr University’s Garden Supervisor, Program Director for the Certificate in Holistic Landscape Design, and Adjunct Faculty member. She has discovered that the potential for learning in the garden is infinite, and believes that the act of caring for plants is almost as healing as the plants themselves.