- January 12, 2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 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. The hike is easy and level with several stops along the way. Well-behaved children are welcome as students. Most hikes cover 15-20 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.
Instructor: Debbie Krause
Debbie is a Central Florida herbalist with a passion for plants, healing and medicine-making. She graduated with a degree in Environmental Studies from Rollins College’s Hamilton Holt School in 1994 and has had a passion for nature and a connection to nature ever since. One of her greatest joys is wandering through the woods here in Florida or up in the mountains of North Carolina.
Debbie began her formal herbal training at the Florida School of Holistic Living and completed the Community Herbalist training under Emily Ruff’s skilled guidance. She has continued her training with a variety of esteemed herbalists including Kim Ellis, Margi Flint, Jody Noe, Phyllis Light, 7Song, Thomas Easley, Michael Cottingham, John Gallagher, Rosalee de la Foret, Sam Coffman and Steven Horne.
Debbie believes that learning never ends and is thankful for every opportunity to learn about herbs, wilderness, and healing. She appreciates every teacher who has crossed her path and believes that “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”
While Debbie appreciates every aspect of herbalism, she has a true passion for medicine-making. You can often find her in the kitchen working with fresh roots, creating tinctures and formulas or making her well-known “Deb’s Super Salve” first-aid salve and lip balm. She takes a lighthearted approach and loves the fun, messy nature of herbalism and the cast of characters that has become a core part of her life. She also enjoys teaching others how to take their own health and the health of their families, communities and environment into their own hands.
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.