Explore the woodland and prairie portions of AOA’s beautiful Conservation Demonstration Site in Rockbridge as we walk the property and identify native medicinal plants. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about threatened species such as American Ginseng, Goldenseal, and Black Cohosh, their preferred habitats, and techniques for growing them on your own property. We will also examine and enjoy the more common native ‘prairie’ and ‘edge habitat’ species. Historical and contemporary medicinal uses of the plants will be discussed as well as their greater ecological significance (food for pollinators, seed dispersal, wildlife value).
AOA’s Demonstration Site is a remarkable environment to learn about native medicinal plant species as it encompasses a variety of fascinating habitats including a perfect blend of Hemlock and deciduous hardwood environments as well as a planted prairie. AOA has partnered with United Plant Savers (UpS), a native medicinal plant conservation non-profit, to help identify and reintroduce threatened medicinal species onsite. AOA’s Demonstration Site is a part of the UpS Botanical Sanctuary Network.
The plant walk will be led by Erika Galentin, MNIMH, medical herbalist and conservationist. With her passion for medicinal plants native to Ohio and the Greater Appalachian region, Erika teaches, lectures and writes on native medicinal plant conservation and applied ecology, propagation, and clinical efficacy. For more information about Erika please visit her online at www.themedicinegardener.com and connect on www.facebook.com/themedicinegardener and www.instagram.com/themedicinegardener.
Meet at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. The first walk will last approximately two hours. From 12 to 1 we will enjoy lunch (please bring your own sack lunch and drink). Erika will lead a second walk from 1 to 2 (potentially longer depending on interest), for those who could not attend the morning session or for anyone just wanting to learn more. We will be very informal since there is so much to see and discuss!
The Demonstration Site is located along U.S. Highway 33 just north of Rockbridge. Park in the gravel parking area located at 25797 Bailey Road near to the entrance to Mathias Grove. This event is free and open to the public. We will plan to meet rain or shine – so please come prepared and dress appropriately for the weather and hiking on slopes.
Plant Sale – Purchase Native Medicinal Plants at the Walk
Grow your own native medicinal plants. Take this opportunity to purchase potted native medicinal plants from Companion Plants (companionplants.com), an internationally recognized herb nursery located outside of Athens. Erika will be selling plants from 12 to 1 and after the event. Cash and credit cards will be accepted. The plant sale is open to the public. Erika will be available to offer planting and care advice for your new plants.
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