The Southern Appalachian Mountains are home to an incredible array of plants, both native and naturalized. Join herbalist and wild foods expert, Cara-Lee Langston of Wildcraft Kitchen for a series of six leisurely plant walks to learn about seasonal herbs and wild foods from April to October. You’ll learn the basics of plant identification, how to ethically collect wild plants, and safely use them as foods and medicines.
Class size is limited, masks and social distancing are required as long as CDC guidelines are in effect. Please review our COVID19 Policies before registering. Our priority is a safe experience for everyone!
Location: We’ll meet at BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies in Clayton, GA, and carpool to a local trail from there. Directions will be emailed with your registration confirmation.
To Register: Use the link below each class description to register. After we receive your registration, we’ll be in touch with plant walk details. Please be sure to review our COVID19 Policies before registering.
Early Spring Herbs & Wild Foods
April 10, 2021, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
The forest comes alive in early spring as the first plants begin to appear. Bloodroot, mayapple, and trillium unfurl their foliage. Fiddleheads emerge in their spiral form, and wild violets gather in clusters along the forest trails. Spring tonics such as chickweed, dandelion, plantain, sochan, and bittercress provide us with nutritious, tender greens to cleanse the body for the year ahead.
This is an exciting time to be outdoors, especially after a long, still winter. Join us on the trail for our first plant walk of the season as we get up close and personal with spring wild foods and herbs right as they begin to emerge.
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Late Spring Herbs & Wild Foods
May 22, 2021, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
As their blooms fade and fall, it is said that spring ephemerals like trillium and bloodroot impart nutrients and microorganisms into the soil and water, setting the pace for a vibrant growing season. This time of year, the fragrance of wild rose and honeysuckle is intoxicating, and it will take your breath away if you get a chance to see the elusive pink lady slipper and flame azalea in bloom.
Spring gives us clues for what we can find later in the summer and fall. Blackberry flowers begin to turn into delicious blackberries in the early summer, and last year’s chicken-of-the-woods mushrooms leave traces so that you can return to find a fresh fruiting body later in the fall. See all that spring has to offer us in our second wild foods and herbs walk of the season.
Early Summer Herbs & Wild Foods
June 26, 2021, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
It’s chanterelle mushroom season in Northeast Georgia. Let’s see what we can find on the trails! Foraging in summer is a prime time to hone your botanical identification skills as many of the plants and fungi are blooming and fruiting. You can tell a lot about a plant by its inflorescence (flower) and fruit. This might even help you distinguish a toxic plant from a non-toxic plant – a most important skill for any forager to learn!
On this walk, we are likely to come across Solomon’s seal with its berries, Queen Anne’s lace in bloom, and possibly the elusive ghost pipe, a powerful natural analgesic. Join us at the peak of the growing season as we continue to learn about the wild plants in our natural environment that can be used as food and medicine.
Late Summer Herbs & Wild Foods
August 7, 2021, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
By late summer, the forest canopy has filled out. While saplings like sassafras compete for light and nutrients, an understory community of wild ginger, partridgeberry, black and blue cohosh, and wild cucumber continues to thrive.
At this time of year, sunny open fields might be speckled with bright orange butterfly weed, Joe-Pye-Weed and sumac stand tall along roadsides, and sometimes you can find native bitter herbs like turtlehead growing along the creek with drooping clusters of ripe elderberries nearby.
Early Fall Herbs & Wild Foods
September 18, 2021, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Goldenrods, thoroughworts, and bonesets begin to bloom as the leaves begin to change color. Among the first to display their electrifying colors are sumac, sourwood, and sassafras – parts of which are edible and medicinal. Rabbit tobacco appears in fields, and along embankments, spicebush berries dot the forest canopy, and non-native chestnuts start to drop their nuts.
Early fall is a wonderful time in the North Georgia Mountains. Explore the botanical diversity and enjoy the colorful views of Southern Appalachia with us this autumn.
Registration opens in June for this event.
Late Fall Herbs & Wild Foods
October 23, 2021, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
They say that nature provides us with everything that we need to heal and be healthy. This seems evident as we transition into the late fall and winter, when our immunity may be most compromised. A mast year in the fall provides edible wild nuts rich in protein and healthy fats, immune-boosting turkey tails mushrooms appear in abundance, and white pine needles make a great vitamin C-rich treat to nibble on while we hike.
Immerse yourself in late fall asters, listen to stories about pokeberries, and hunt for native persimmons on our final plant walk of the year.
Registration opens in June for this event.