Amidst oak trees in Hillsborough County, folk herbalist Willow LaMonte grows an organic herb/edible plant nursery specializing in medicinals. A longtime organic gardener, she teaches growing/using healing herbs, wildcrafting, and natural gardening at Willow Herbal Delight Gardens. She loves to dream in Neolithic. Please do not take photographs of Willow. Thank you.
Willow is teaching these classes at the 2020 Florida Herbal Conference:
MotherEarthing in the Gardens
Today, many suffer from “Nature Deficit Disorder”. The cure is found in wild, natural places such as the Japanese practice of forest bathing. Spending therapeutic time in our gardens can be equally balancing and restorative if we take the opportunity to not just work, but simply be, reflect, listen and open to direct learning from Mother Earth. Let’s ground, center and together experience our gardens (and other natural places) as a space to feel the ways and wisdom of Mother Earth. If we know Earth not as a thing, but as a verb with dynamic communities sharing energy, awareness, and resources. Mother Nature’s model of living in mutual cooperation can then become a new pattern for our lives and our environmental activism.
Often confused with bitter or sour, pungent is not only its own taste, but pungency is its own experience! That open-up-your sinus tangy sensation is often referred to as “hot and biting” in old herbals. Learn some of the shared medicinal properties of pungent foods as well as how to grow them in Florida. Ginger root and cayenne pepper love our hot summers, while many pungent greens like wild peppergrass, radish, watercress, horseradish, mustard greens, garlic, and arugula enjoy our mild and cool weather seasons. Let’s spice up our gardens and food with more healing, zinging pungent herbs.