Joe Hollis’ whole life is Mountain Gardens, a botanical garden in Western North Carolina that he has cultivated over 50 years. Hollis focuses on growing useful plants, especially medicinal herbs and perennial vegetables, and passing along his plant wisdom to students and apprentices. Workshops, seeds and bare root plant sales support Hollis and his garden. […]
If you’re in need of an herbal supplement, you’re likely to find it in one of Asheville’s many herb stores, which carry products for overall health as well as specific health problems such as winter-related colds and flu. If you’re hunting for an unusual gift, many stores carry niche items such as drink concoctions, herbal smoking blends and uncommon essential oils.
While Western North Carolina is already known for producing high-quality medicinal herbs, there’s still plenty of potential for growers to get in on the ground floor of a market that appears poised to expand. Farmers and others interested in opportunities in medicinal herbs can learn more at the Buncombe County Friends of Agriculture Breakfast on Aug. 15.
Chefs, restauranteurs and authors will come together for Barnes & Noble’s WNC Regional Cookbook & Food Writing Festival. In addition: Fifth Season Gardening Co. offers weekend workshops, Farm Heritage Trail’s holds a holiday event and tailgates markets announce winter and holidays dates.
We are lucky enough to live in an area of the country where several medicinal herbs are native to our region and can be found growing wildly all around us. But what medicinal herbs, native or otherwise, grow well here in the Blue Ridge Mountains? The answer is … countless. So let’s start with some […]
The Asheville wellness scene only gets more vibrant as the spring months approach. Take a look at some of these upcoming, healthy events in WNC from learning to use weeds as medicine to walking for a cause.
As cold and flu season lingers on, herbal medicine is “definitely a frontline treatment,” says Ceara Foley, director of the Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism (ASHH). Jamie Sparks, owner and director of Herban Farmacy, agrees, and shares what she has been offering customers in her herbal CSA. Both women tout the healing powers of herbs for winter wellness and offer different suggestions for herbal remedies.
Do you need a sturdy vine to act as a privacy barrier on a fence? Or like the look of a vining plant up over an archway? Well, hops is your friend. Hops is also your friend if you like some of Asheville’s local beers.
Medicinally, wild yam has a long and highly acclaimed history. The Mexican wild yam, a relative of our North Carolina variety, is the plant that led to the development of the birth control pill.
I marched out to the garden, determined to make good on the squirrel’s accident. In short order, I harvested about 12 comfrey leaves (vibrant due to all the rain), chopped them up, put them into two small jars, and covered them with regular olive oil. I labeled them and stuck them on my counter where it’s dark and dry.
Come learn about the medicinal and edible plants growing in the sidewalks, gardens, and wild lots of downtown West Asheville! This event will be happening Saturday, September 8th from 11:30 to 1:00, rain or shine. It will start at the Center for Holistic Medicine which is located at 779 Haywood Road in the heart of […]
Yarrow may not be in your herbal medicine chest yet, but it is one plant you don’t want to do without! It has legendary medicinal qualities — both for humans and the earth — and is quite lovely to boot. So if you’re curious about this extraordinary herb, perhaps a better introduction is in order …
In this edition of “Wild Things,” author and herbalist Lee Warren takes a closer look at one of the most beautiful wild plants you’ll ever see in Western North Carolina.
About 800 women from around the country attended this year’s Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference in Black Mountain — to learn from and heal with local plants.
Every year there’s a new fashionable herb on the market. It’s always some exotic thing that comes from afar with a foreign sounding name and a miracle cure.
Warren Wilson hosts a weekend of collaboration, brainstorming, environmental advocacy and education, with a team of experts, including James Duke, author of The Green Pharmacy. April 17-19. $65.