We arrived at the herb walk and split into groups, one for adults and one for younger kids. We just had Chan, so we went on the adult hike. I mean walk, we barely went a tenth of a mile.
The leader was one half of a 2 person herbal operation that grows, packages and sells herbs to be used medicinally, specifically by midwives. Their website makes it seem as though they know all about all the local herbs and I was very excited to go on the walk and learn more about the wildflowers and wild edibles in our neck of the woods!
She had no idea trillium bloomed in white or that wild azalea bloomed orange. She did not know what larkspur, fleabane, or a few other very common wildflowers were. I could not tell if she just really did not know what parts of what plants could be used (for example, she said, 'one of the trilliums, the Sweet Betsy kind, can be used to induce labor. I don't know what part or which one it is here, but the rest are poisonous') or if she was out of her element and just blanking.
|Little Sweet Betsy|
|Jack in the pulpit|
|Celandine Poppy, post bloom|
|Yellow wood sorrel|
|False Solomon's Seal|
It's fine to not know plants or to get them incorrect, as I have before and will again, but I don't sell my knowledge for others to learn from or package and sell anything for medical use. It's a hobby for me, though I do strive to learn when I can and be as correct as possible when id'ing flowers.
|Matt moving a turtle on across the road|