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.
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.
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.
We’ve just added a few more spots on this walk so you can still join us!
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.
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.