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Gardening for Medicine: The Mini-Series

We will be gathering three Wednesdays from 10 to 4pm. Each class, we will focus on topics specific to medicinal gardening, then delve into a half-dozen fabulous medicinals to really unpack their story.

In our first class, we will discuss garden design from a permaculture perspective. Instead of micromanaging our plants, we’ll ask questions such as: Where did they come from? What did that ecology look like and how can we replicate that here in the garden? Week two will cover propagation, the basics of seed starting and saving, taking cuttings and layering, and how to properly dig and divide. For our final class, we will discuss harvesting medicine in ways that lead to the best health of the plant and the best herbal remedies for us. We may also cover guerilla gardening, container gardening, and will definitely make an herbal medicine together!

Each class will meet at a different location to see the different approaches to gardening for medicine. Our first class in outer SE Portland will describe gardening in an urban setting. Our second trip we’ll carpool to Oregon City to examine a farm approach of growing medicine. Our last class will be in the Portland area, location TBD.

Participants will come away with the basic concepts of medicinal gardening, medicine making, and 12 plant starts to get your garden up and growing!

Classes will be held on the following Wednesdays: May 8, May 22, and June 5. Course cost is $295, including materials and plant starts.