Since 2008, I have been offering edible and medicinal plant walks at parks, forests, farms, and other locations throughout central Indiana. Whether you want to forage salad greens from your lawn or use wild medicinal plants for first aid and more, these leisurely hikes will get you moving. Learning to gather food and medicine from wild plants is empowering; you need go no further than your back yard to meet many of your basic needs. Unless otherwise stated, plant walks are $15 per person, under age 6 are free.
2015 Plant Walks:
Sunday, April 19, 2-4 pm: Marott Park – explore the forest’s early spring wildflowers in this state-dedicated nature preserve. We’ll hike small hills for upland and riparian habitats. Meet at the shelter near the parking lot on College, across from Park Tudor School. Click here for location.
Sunday, May 17, 2-4 pm: Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab – an over 100 year old native plants wetlands reconstruction project that has succeeded brilliantly. This is perhaps the most species-rich site I know for native plants in central Indiana. Parking is across Cold Spring Road at the Major Taylor Velodrome Park; there is no parking permitted in the EcoLab, even if the gate is open. We’ll meet promptly at 2pm and walk across the street together. Click here for location.
Sunday, June 14, 2-4 pm: Ellenberger Park – part of the Pleasant Run corridor in Irvington on Indy’s east side. Come early to catch the farmer’s market for fresh veggies, and stay to learn about foraging your own. Parking is available on and off of St Clair Street; we will meet on the north side Pleasant Run (the body of water) at Ritter Ave. Click here for location.
Tuesday, June 23, 6-7:30pm: Pogue’s Run Grocer and Spades Park – We will embark from Pogue’s Run Grocer and walk to Spades Park, where we will meet native prairie and woodland plants in the restored bird sanctuary habitat along Pogue’s Run. Along the way, we will also meet notable weeds that are used for food and medicine. A few notable plants that are found there include black walnut, hawthorne, serviceberries, purple coneflower, bee balm, and motherwort. $10 for co-op members, $15 for the public. Click here for location.
Sunday, July 12, 2-4 pm: Trees of Garfield Park – this walk will focus on medicines from nature’s great providers, the trees. Many of our most valuable native medicines and staple foods are gifts from the tall plants. Parking is available at the conservatory; we will begin the walk on the north side of Conservatory Drive near Shelby Street. Click here for location.
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Other herb walks:
Saturday, July 25, 9:30am – 12:30pm: South Circle Farm – Join us and learn about the beneficial properties of wild plants otherwise known as weeds. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the farm during an informative plant walk and discussion. They will then harvest medicinal plants and learn, hands-on, how to make herbal tinctures from these plants. Participants will be able to choose from a variety of plants and will make a tincture to take home. Advance registration only; click here for registration and more info.
Sunday, August 30: 2nd Annual Indiana Herb Festival – a whole day of local herbal wisdom. The Festival is organized by the Indiana chapter of the American Herbalists Guild. I’ll be doing a plant walk focusing on medicinal trees and how to make medicine from them. Click here for more info.
September 11-13: Great Lakes Herb Faire – I’m excited to offer a plant walk at this three day gathering of herbal folk from the Great Lakes region and beyond. The event is held in Chelsea, MI, near Ann Arbor. For details and registration information, click here.