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This at-risk Appalachian woodland plant, blood root (Sanguinaria canadensis), is easy to grow in a small pot, or place it in a shaded place in your garden, preferably under the boughs of a deciduous tree. The tree’s leaves will mulch the ground in the wintertime and keep this little baby quite happy.

This Tuesday: Crafting Luscious and Healing Creams


Have you ever been fascinated by the alchemy of creating the perfect body cream? Join us as we demonstrate how to create a luscious rose water and shea body cream that nourishes the skin and delights the senses. All participants will take home a sample of the cream made in class.

Pre-registration through EventBrite offering sliding scale $10-$30. No one will be turned away for lack of sufficient funds.

Class takes place at The Herb Shoppe, at 3912 N. Mississippi Blvd.

A Jaunt in the Eastern Columbia River Gorge

We took a long, wet, wandering walk in the hills above the Mosier today, seeking what we wished would be epic fields of wildflowers. What a wonder we wound up in!

Beginning our ascent up the hills of basalt, serviceberry and maple blooms at our flanks.

Orobanche uniflora – a stunning patch of a this beautiful root parasite. Mark Turner writes they feed off of sedums, saxifrages, and species of the Aster family.

Collinsia grandiflora: Blue eyed Mary

Caryophyllaceae – Possibly a Silene?

With meadow as our classroom, we explored the basics of plant anatomy, botanical terminology, and plant ID.

Overlooking the Columbia river, with Castilleja (Indian Paintbrush), Balsamorrhiza careyana  (Carey’s Balsamroot), Delphinium (Larkspur), Dodecatheon (Shooting Star), and Lomatium (lomatium) in the foreground.

Meadows of Ranunculus occidentalis (Western Buttercup)

While it appeared peak bloom was still to come, the diversity we saw was incredible.

Fritillaria affinis (Chocolate Lily) – one of my favorite lilies!

Dodecatheon (Shooting star)

Delphinium (Larkspur) and Claytonia perfoliata (Miner’s lettuce)

After lunching amongst the oaks, we climbed to the top of the hill to prepare our flower essence and connect with the balsam root flowers.

Fields of Balsamorrhiza caryana (Carey’s Balsamroot) just beginning to really start to bloom!

Such a blessing to spend time with other plant lovers eager to learn all they can with and about our plant family.

Amelanchier alnifolia (Serviceberry)

Serviceberry amongst the lava spires.

Walking Amongst the Wind and Flowers

The wind whipped our spirits up high, sun and light rain mixing into an electric spring sunshine, filling us with primaveral energy, alternately exhausting and quickening, freezing gales giving way to radiant warmth that filled the bones. We adventured out east through the Columbia river gorge, crossed a bridge dedicated to the gods, and gave warm greetings to the sleepy fae folk finally peaking their heads above earth, bravely leading the way to paint the hilltops.



Weedy Herbs to Enliven You! at The Herb Shoppe, Tues April 3rd

Chickweed, dandelion, burdock, and nettles, oh my! Medicine grows all around us – and these weedy herbs are jam-packed with enlivening vitamins and minerals as well as gently cleansing components. After a winter of eating comfort foods and hiding in our houses, it’s time to call upon the herbs of the season to rejuvenate us. Join us so you can learn more about these feral superfoods and try a few of their many preparations, including herbal pestos, mineral-rich-sprinkles, and teas.

Pre-registration through eventbrite offering sliding scale $10-$30. No one will be turned away for lack of sufficient funds.   Get tickets here!