The Garden as Healer: Growing Your Backyard Pharmacy (GARDENING-12GARD05)

  Please register at the door - room 76 in the basement.
May 11th, 2013 10:00 AM   through   5:00 PM
14500 Juanita Dr. NE
Bastyr University
Kenmore, WA 98028-4966
United States
Phone: (425) 602-3152
General public $ 85.00
Bastyr/NIAOM alumni $ 75.00
BU staff $ 65.00
Full time student $ 50.00
Campus Kenmore Campus
Audience general public, students
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The best food and medicine is that which you grow yourself. Spend an afternoon learning how you can cultivate some of the most important and useful medicinal plants in your own garden. Instructor: Alexis Durham, BSc May 11, Sat, 10a.m.-5p.m. 6 HRs

With an in-depth discussion of each plant from seed to medicinal application, you will leave the class empowered with the knowledge to grow and safely use your own herbal medicines for yourself and your family. The class will also include a seed-starting demonstration and tour of Bastyr University’s Medicinal Herb Garden, allowing you the opportunity to see, touch, taste and smell several of 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 medicinal herbs
  • Describe the safe application of several different medicinal herbs
  • List reputable resources on the subject of growing herbs and their medicinal applications

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.

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

Location: Bastyr University Kenmore Campus, room 76. 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.