Speaking/Community Events

2018 Events

Little Green Thumbs School Visits (Sustainable Food Edmonton)

Community Outreach & Education, Edmonton Public & Edmonton Catholic Schools, Spring 2018

In-school visits & herbal outreach programming for the Little Green Thumbs school affiliates. Highlands Secondary Horticulture students, Balwin Junior High (Grade 5 Class), & Madonna School (Grade 1)                           www.sustainablefoodedmonton.org/little-green-thumbs/


2017 Events

Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village-Celebration of Spring

Spring Herbal Tonics-Revival of a Traditional Cultural Practice

May 22nd, 2017, 1:30-2:00pm & 3:45-4:15 pm in the Red Barn.

Join me in learning some local herbs & plants that can gently wake up the body from it’s long winter’s sleep & shift us into spring. Many herbs have been used as spring tonics for thousands of years by many cultures in many lands-we will also discuss those that we know to be grown, gathered & used by the early Ukrainian Canadians.

30 minutes is not a lot of time–I will bring a few examples & do a quick demo if we can squeeze one in!


Edmonton Resilience Festival

Plant Medicine in the City

Earth Day, April 22nd, 2017 3:00 pm   The Waldorf Independent School of Edmonton-Willow Room

What does working with herbal medicine look like for us city folk with our postage stamp yards & city managed park spaces? How can we stay connected with traditional & cultural medicinal practices within an urban environment?

Join YEG Community Herbalist in a collaborative discussion on strategies for working with local plants, & explore logistics, considerations & ethics for harvesting, foraging, & cultivating medicinal plants for us Urbanites today.

Free! Come connect with me over some tea & a plant or two.



Intro to Medicinal Herb Gardening in YEG

April 26th, 2017   7-8:30pm

Edmonton Horticultural Society Small Talk             EHS Office    10746 178 St NW

Learn how easy it is to grow medicinal herbs here in Edmonton. We can grow so much more than “parsley, sage, rosemary & thyme” as the song goes! (Well, I *wish* we could truly grow Rosemary!!)

We will touch on the basics of starting a herb garden—from choosing the site, to prepping the bed, to starting seeds indoors. We will discuss the needs & conditions of most medicinal (& culinary) herbs, what can grow here as well as how to get them into the garden & grow them successfully.

This small talk will cover 10-15 herbs that can be easily cultivated here in Edmonton. Their criteria: commonly found, hardy to (or easily overwintered in) our urban Zone 3b/4 and have multiple medicinal properties.

We will talk about calendula, bee balm, valerian, hops, mint, red raspberry, garlic, thyme, sage, lemon balm, yarrow, comfrey, plantain, nettles, red clover, and more, while discussing simple ways to use them medicinally so you know what to do with them once you’ve planted them!

$5 admission for members/$10 for non-members. See link for registration.

EHS Small Talk: Intro to Medicinal Herb Gardening in YEG w/ Dionne Jennings, Medicinal Herb Gardener & Community Herbalist