Botany Basics with Maggie O’Halloran September 4, 2023


This beginner-friendly class is full of helpful hints for those interested in learning to identify plants. It’s designed for novice gardeners and foragers who want to learn the basics of botany terminology. We’ll walk through the garden to interact with this terminology in tangible ways and cover plant structure and function fundamentals—including roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and fruits.

Tuition: $35 / Early Bird Price: $25 through August 21, 2023

Date: September 4, 2023

Time: 10:00 AM

Location: Altamonte Springs, FL
Inner Serenity Teaching Garden, 650 N Maitland Ave., Altamonte Springs, FL 32701

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Unless otherwise noted, all of our classes are available and accessible to everyone—whether you are an experienced herbalist, a budding herbalist, or simply herb-curious. Everyone is welcome.

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Meet the Instructor:

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Maggie O’Halloran is an herbalist and educator in Central Florida. She comes from a large family where chaos was the norm. She always found peace outside watching things grow or climbing magnolia trees. She learned in her mother’s kitchen that the things you put in your mouth impact your mind and body.

In the early 90s, she first found her own inspiration to view health from a holistic perspective while working as a teacher assistant at a mental health hospital for children. From that experience, she decided there had to be a better way to help kids beyond medicating them to a zombie state with pharmaceuticals. She started college studying education and psychology and ultimately received a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Masters’s in Educational Leadership.

In 1999 she took her love of plants to Oakland, California, where she worked with inner-city elementary students and teachers, learning and teaching about violence prevention and anger management through physical education and body awareness with Playworks. She explored working with food, exercise, breathing, and communication skills. She continued to study plants and their medicine by sharing with friends.

In 2006 she moved to Florida to find a slower pace in life. Though her love of teaching hasn’t waned, she took the opportunity to focus on deepening her plant knowledge in a more intentional way with Emily Ruff and The Florida School of Holistic Living. Since then, she has found inspiration from teachers like Rosemary Gladstar and David Winston. She continues her passion for helping people find peace by sharing her knowledge with whoever will listen. She enjoys working with friends, family, and strangers seeking a more holistic way to be healthy.

These days she can be found hiking on trails, tending her garden, creating something good for you in her kitchen, teaching in her community about plant medicine, and learning from her six-year-old herbalist and his friends.


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