- September 23, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Enjoy a beautiful walk in our area’s best nature parks to identify edible and medicinal plants growing all around us.
Join us for a walk in the wilds of Central Florida to discover medicinal and edible plants that are growing all around us. Get to know the plants in our ecosystems and explore their ethnobotanical uses! Along the hike, edible plants and trees are taught as we meander through the park. There will be a discussion about the plant/shrub/tree; whether edible or medicinal, other uses and how to identify. This is a hands-on course where tasting, smelling and feeling is important. It is taught in a fun and practical way to make the experience educational and enjoyable. Mead Gardens is home to over 150 cataloged edible and medicinal species; one of the best natural repositories of its kind in urban Central Florida. The 55-acre botanical garden is centrally located and easily accessible from I-4 if you are coming from out of town. The hike is easy and level with several stops along the way. Well-behaved children are welcome as students. Most hikes cover 20-30 different species and vary depending on the season of the year. During the hike we will cross through different ecosystems, so you can get a feel for the diversity of Florida’s landscape.
1500 S Denning Drive, Winter Park FL 32789
* Meet in the parking area by the Bulletin Board, near the Winter Park Garden Club building
Instructor: Emily Ruff
Emily, Executive Director of the Florida School of Holistic Living and co-founder of the Florida Herbal Conference, is a community herbalist who has practiced the art and science of plant healing for over a decade. Her studies have taken her around three continents where she has studied under healers of many traditions. Her background in gardening and botany came in childhood while wandering the wilderness and digging in the sandy soils of Florida with her grandfather, a tobacco farmer turned urban gardener, and her father, a botany and astronomy professor. Her journey into herbalism continued through apprenticeships in Guatemala under the tutelage of local healers on the southern coast of Lake Atitlan, in the mountains of Vermont at the feet of Rosemary Gladstar, and in the Central Florida apothecary Leaves & Roots with herbalists Carolyn Whitford and George D’Arcy. Emily’s academic studies include Ethnobotany, Philosophy, and Women’s Studies at the University of Central Florida and Curanderismo with the University of New Mexico. She is a Bach Flower Registered Practitioner.
Venue: Mead Botanical Garden
Welcome to Mead Garden. Please enter the park and pull forward directly to the large parking area in front of the Winter Park Garden Club. We will meet by the bulletin board.