Herb Workshops at Two Arkansas State Parks

heritage herb garden, ofcIf you have an interest in herbs, there are two great upcoming events you’ll want to catch with herbal experts sharing tons of knowledge.

Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area in Rogers will host a free program by Karyn Zaremba at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 23. Zaremba has been growing and using herbs in the Ozarks, New Mexico and Colorado for the past 40 years. She has hiked in the Ozark Mountains with many different herbal teachers and long-time residents who grew up using the wild plants as medicine.  Making herbs part of the daily diet and learning to use them for health, wellness, and medicinal purposes, is a large part of her focus and study.

She has been a partner of Bean Mountain Farms, and the primary grower of a vast variety of herbs, both annual and perennial. She is currently developing herbal gardens and a greenhouse and teaching herbal and garden related classes at her home in Fayetteville.

The visitor center is located on Ark. 12 just east of the Ark.12/War Eagle Road intersection. For more information, call 479-789-5000.

An annual medicinal herb field trip and workshop will take place April 5 and 6 at Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View.

The hike takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 5. Rosemary Gladstar, Steven Foster, Sasha Daucus, Susan Belsinger, Committee of 100 Herb Garden Chairman Jennifer Blankenship, and OFC herbalists Kathleen Connole and Tina Marie Wilcox will teach on the hike. Participants will divide into small groups and rotate through different hikes with each teacher. Hikes will range from excursions in the park’s heritage Herb Garden to explorations of trails on state park land. Bring a sack lunch, water, walking stick, and weather appropriate clothing. The hike will take place in light rain or shine.

Catch the workshop from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on April 6. Topics include: Herbs for Family health by Rosemary Gladstar; Enjoying the Spirit of Herbal Science by Steven Foster; Favorite Homegrown & Homemade Herbal Remedies by Susan Belsinger; Hawthorn – A Humble Native Shrub for the Heart and Circulation by Tina Marie Wilcox; Chinks in the Armor by Pharmacist Jennifer Blankenship; and Herbal Imagination by Sasha Daucus.

The cost for the trip and workshop combined before March 28 is $90 and after March 28 is $100. The field trip only is $35 before March 28 and $45 after. The workshop only is $65 in advance of March 28 and $75 after. For more information, visit Ozarkfolkcenter.com or call 870-269-3851. Call 800-264-3655 for lodging reservations and ask about the special herb weekend rate.

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