Wild Weeds Plant Walk at Mead Garden with Maggie
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.
*We will follow Covid protocols and practice good Covid hygiene: social distancing, masks will be required, and hand sanitizer.
Early Bird Rate $20, good through April 9
Class Meets at Mead Gardens
Saturday, April 10 from 10am-12pm
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Instructor: Maggie O’Halloran
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. One of her older brothers was considered hyperactive and had a hard time staying in school. Because of the impact food had on his behavior they had no sugar in the house, including ketchup! She learned in her mother’s kitchen that the things you put in your mouth impact your mind and your body.
In the early 90’s 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 that 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.
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. 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 herb walks with Emily Ruff. Since then she has found inspiration from teachers like Phyllis Light, Rosemary Gladstar, David Winston to name a few and mostly Emily Ruff. 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 nine-year-old herbalist and his friends.