FREE EAST BAY HERB WALK! (Tilden Regional Park Botanic Garden)
California is home to a diverse array of native edible & medicinal plants long valued for their nutritional/therapeutic effects. In this field class we will explore many of the more common (and lesser known) edible/medicinal plants found growing around the state, with a focus on historical as well as modern use. For those who don’t know, Tilden Regional Park Botanic Garden is dedicated SOLELY to the cultivation and preservation of native California plants, is open year-round, AND offers all of this to the public for free (no admission charge). Topics to be covered on our walk through the garden include: field botany/plant I.D, plant family characteristics, ethical harvesting/processing/preparation methods, edible/medicinal/utilitarian uses, regional ethnobotany, botanical safety issues (plus tips on how to avoid poisonous look-a-like plants), California natural history, sampling of a variety of edible/medicinal plant extracts, and more! Our study will emphasize a dynamic sensory awareness of the plants via close observation, touching, tasting, and smelling.
Obviously, no plants will be picked from the garden during class. Instead, the instructor will share a variety of extracts that were prepared with plants harvested legally and ethically from California wildlands.
Instructor: Tellur Fenner
Date: Saturday, Feb 9. 2:30pm-4:30pm.
Location: Berkeley, CA.
Pre-registation is required for this event.