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Medieval Herbs for Modern Gardens With Deirdre Larkin
Thurs, March 23, 2pm EST

SPAThere are many good candidates for modern gardens among the hundreds of herbs, trees, and flowering plants grown for use and delight in the Middle Ages. While some are familiar, others are not. They are worth growing for their form, fragrance, fruit, or flowers alone, but knowledge of their long histories and fascinating lore enhances their appeal.
SPAIn addition to their practical applications as foods, medicines, dyestuffs, and perfumes, many medieval plants had magical and ceremonial uses, and were charged with symbolic meanings and associations. The significance of these multivalent herbs, and the full range of their role in medieval life, art, and literature will be explored.
SPAAdvice on obtaining and growing these storied plants in your garden will also be provided.

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In a Patch of Goldenrods
with Larry Weber, Wednesday, April 26, 2pm EST


The book "In a Patch of Goldenrods" and this Webinar by the same name is mostly a photo guide of what Insects and Spiders that I have found in or near various Goldenrod patches that grow near my home. I spent two summers; July, August, September wandering through the Goldenrods and noting and photographing what I found. The book has about 320 photos, nearly all taken by me near my home in Carlton County in northeast Minnesota. Very much happening in these native plants of late summer.

This talk will highlight the ecological benefit of goldenrods and why we should encourage and revere these late season bloomers. For more information on these plants, consult HSA’s Essential Guide to Solidago, Notable Native Herb™, 2017. HSA's Essential Guide to Solidago, Notable Native Herb™, 2017

Larry Weber is a retired teacher of 40 years; 1967 – 2008. The last 30 of those years were spent at the Marshall School of Duluth, MN. During these years, he taught mostly seventh grade science. He realized that students needed to spend more time outdoors and so he developed and implemented a phenology-based Natural Science class that took students outdoors during the entire school year to look at the natural happenings pertinent to that time. This award-winning class was highly successful and led to many presentations at teacher workshops.

After retirement from the classroom, he continued to teach at the University for Seniors at UMD. As he said “I went from teaching students who were in their seventh grade to teaching students who were in their seventh decade.” He is a regular speaker at state parks and nature centers and is one of the instructors in the Minnesota Master Naturalist Program. He was also a cofounder of the Minnesota Phenology Network. He has weekly nature programs on two radio stations: KUMD; more than 20 years and WTIP; about 10 years.

He began doing nature writing in the mid 1990’s and it has expanded after his retirement. He has authored 14 books, including: Butterflies of the North Woods; Spiders of the North Woods; Fascinating Fungi of the North Woods; Backyard Almanac; Minnesota Phenology; Webwood, seasons of life in the North Woods and In a Patch of Goldenrod. He has written articles for various publications, including The Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Beginning in 1997 and continuing to the present, he has written a weekly nature column, “Northland Nature”, for the Duluth Budgeteer News.

Through writings and speaking, he continues to use his phenology-based teaching as a means of conveying that “Nature is Here and Now”. He lives on a forested former farm in Carlton County, where he takes daily walks to observe Nature and watch the seasons go by. “There’s a new story out here every day.”

What are HSA Webinars?

Webinars are a dynamic educational opportunity on a variety of herb related topics. Members enjoy the ability to participate in both scheduled webinars as well as view archived presentations. Topics vary widely, from using herbs in cooking, crafting or healing, techniques like distilling essential oils or growing methods, to exploring herbs with modern day and historical significance. A new webinar is scheduled each month!


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