Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Upcoming Class: Tending Herbs in the Hill Country


Our relationship with plants is evident in our gardens, landscapes and watersheds. I am looking forward to exploring this theme (and many others) in this class I will teach in partnership with Ginger Webb and Sacred Journey School of Herbalism. Check it out and sign up at this link:

Most of this class will be taught in private gardens in the Wimberley, Texas area including Ginger's own garden. Check out Ginger sharing her experience growing yerba mansa on her Hill Country land!

Sunday, February 20, 2022

Wild Oats

 I'm offering plant walks again! Contact me at to inquire about availability and pricing. Oh, and for those of you wondering what I've been up to for the past several years: working to protect and preserve more Hill Country lands and rivers with the Hill Country Alliance! I am proud of the work I did with them to accelerate conservation efforts and secure more funding to protect the land, water, and plant communities in our area. As a lifelong forager and plant person watching more and more of our natural landscapes disappear, I knew I had to do more to protect our wildlands. Thanks to all of you working to protect and preserve our precious Hill Country for future generations. 

This. is. me + wild oats harvested in 2021. It was one of the best oat years I've ever seen! (Thanks to the snowpacalyse)

Oats - Avena sativa
Harvest the immature "milky oat" seed pods for a powerful calming herbal medicine. The entire above ground parts make a sweet & nourishing tea.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Foraging is a Family Thing

 I've spent a lot of time digging through old photos lately. Found these gems of us picking sparkleberries in the pines east of Austin several years ago. Now that my boys are teenagers, it's hard to remember these days when they were so little. And it's not always easy to remember them as foragers as they speed through their teen years full of sports and screen time and school stuff. Then again, a few recent photos show their wilderness skills are still intact! Joe Henry paddles with his fishing friends almost every weekend on our beatiful Hill Country rivers. Garner reminds me when the blackberries are ripe every spring! 

Chris gives Garner a lift into the berry-filled canopy circa 2010

Check out the loaded bush, perfect for Joe Henry! This was a foraging adventure we had about twelve years ago!

Fast forward 12 years:

15yo Joe Henry eats wild blueberries with me in the Catskills of New York

13yo Garner reaches for a wild strawberry hanging off a cliff in the Ozarks

Staged sibling gesture on one of our hikes...featuring the dwarf palmetto (most delicious berries!)

Joe Henry has developed a deep passion for fishing. Check his instagram @kingfisher_____