Exploring the Green World – Nelson Herb Walks

Would you like to feel safe and confident eating local, wild plants?

Do you want to gather wild edibles and medicinals without needing to become a botany expert?

me with violetYou’re not alone in feeling nervous about eating mysterious plants until you know for sure what they are.

I’d guess that you’re here because the plant world has recently come alive for you. Your eyes are opening to how remarkable the ‘green world’ truly is.

Maybe you’re excited about foraging for food or medicine, but you’re nervous about eating something that’s poisonous by mistake. You want to be able to correctly identify plants and know if they’re edible, medicinal or should be avoided.

nettle close up - from foraging videoMaybe you’ve checked on-line or looked at some plant I.D. books, but these help only so much.  These resources are essential (eventually), but when you’re first learning about plants these books can still leave you guessing. The pictures only match up some of the time and the language of botany can be confusing. Plus, if you don’t know where to start looking in the book, it feels like a small miracle if you actually find the name of your new plant.

To avoid all this confusion and overwhelm (or at least sizeably reduce it), I suggest you do 4 things…

  1. Keep it simple. There are 8000+ plant species in BC. Easy to be overwhelmed! Start with what’s around you – your yard or close to home – so you can be relaxed and comfortable as you explore out into the world.garliq teaching

  2. Keep it fun. Learning new things doesn’t need to be stressful or frustrating. With some simple tools, you can really have fun with learning how cool plants are and about how beneficial the plants around you can be.

  3. Trust your senses. There’s so much that can be learned about plants just by taking a close look at the leaves and flowers, the shape and size, the texture, and the location. When you compare one plant to another in this way, it’s easy to begin to see the uniqueness of each plant and start to distinguish one from another.

  4. Focus on 3 features. Learning just 3 identifying features for a plant is usually enough for you to be able to say “yes, this is such and such,” or “no, that’s definitely not so and so.” You can develop confidence without needing to remember everything about the plant.

If this resonates with you, I invite you to join me in

Exploring the Green World – the Herb Walk Series

Over the last 5 years, I’ve taught hundreds of people to identify edible and medicinal plants in the gardens, parks and woods around BC.  Wild edibles are now being eaten in salads and stir-fry’s throughout the province!

I really enjoyed the See The City Green classes with Garliq. Not only did I find out about really neat places in the city that I did not yet know about, but I also learned to identify local herbs and plants which were either yummy or really useful for healing remedies.

I learned a lot of interesting information about our local plant life and can now successfully identify many local trees, herbs and plants wherever I go. This was a truly awesome experience and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for something fresh in their life.
~ Joanna, North Vancouver

How the Course Works…

Twenty of us will be meeting, inspecting and nibbling on plants in four different green spaces around Nelson.  We’ll walk around (usually don’t get very far) and identify the plants we find.

In total we’ll cover how to identify 15+ wild edibles, 20+ medicinals and any poisonous ones we come across. We’ll look at some of the more common ‘weeds’ like dandelion, chickweed or plantain. And we’ll explore native and invasive plants, roots, flowers, berries, trees and more.

Calendula_officinalisI’ll share some of my favourite online plant resources to support you continuing to “geek out” with plants.

And we’ll go over the basic how-to’s of wild gathering, including ethics (without actual harvesting since this is a plant identification class only.)

And, of course, each Herb Walk comes with a hand-out with notes about the plants we’ve covered that day.

All classes are outdoors and will go on rain or shine. (while hoping for shine)

4 Herb Walks in May

4 Locations around Nelson…

2 Evenings :

Thursday May 18  –  7-8:30 pm

Thursday May 25  –  7-8:30 pm

2 Afternoons :

Saturdays May 20   –  2-3:30 pm

Saturdays May 27   –  2-3:30 pm

All Walks:  90 minutes

Join us for any or all of the Nelson Herb Walks!

Exploring the Green World - location map

Thursday May 18  –  7-8:30pm

@ Mountain Station

Saturday May 20  –  2-3:30pm

@ Gyro Park

Thursday May 25  –  7-8:30pm

@ Cottonwood Lake

Saturday May 27  –  2-3:30pm

@ Grohman Narrows

What I’m Hoping For You By the End of the Four Walks

  • You can identify 15-20 plants with confidence
  • You’ll learn some ‘tricks of the trade’ to make plant i.d. books really useful
  • You’ll be including more wild edibles in your diet
  • You’ll be teaching your friends about wild plants
  • Your spark for learn about the plant world will burst into flame

Cost:

photo(4)$20 for each Herb Walk

$70 for All 4 Herb Walks

 

To Register:

Sign up early!  Space is limited and will fill up quickly!

First – Fill out the Pre-Registration Form (below) telling me which walks you want to attend.

Second – Make your payment (instructions are in the form)

Any other questions?

 

 

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