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October - Webinar One

Hamlet's Poison: The Mystery of Hebanon & Shakespeare's Other Deadly Plants, with Botanical Shakespeare Author Gerit Quealy
October 22, 1pm EDT

During this engaging webinar enjoy a Law & Order-like examination of Shakespeare’s poison plants, including what killed Hamlet’s father. Scholars & enthusiasts alike have long been fascinated with Hamlet’s play, The Mousetrap, which plots entails a murder in a garden. We examine the symptoms of the various specimens, and use forensic evidence to catch the conscious of the king!
Gerit Quealy is an author, actor, and journalist. Her 2017 publication Botanical Shakespeare (Harper Design/HarperCollins)reveals Shakespeare’s keen awareness of botany alongside his unparalleled ability to catapult nature into the land of emotion and metaphor, creating some of the world’s most unforgettable passages. Over 170 flowers, fruits, grains, grasses, trees, herbs, seeds, and vegetables that are named in Shakespeare’s poems and plays alongside all the lines in which they appear are highlighted in this unique book. As a journalist, she has covered everything from lipstick to Shakespeare, with pieces ranging from dollhouses to birdhouses; beauty, brownies, and brides, in outlets including The New York Times, Country Living, Woman's Day, Modern Bride to name a few.

Non-member class fee is only $5.00! Register below.

October - Webinar Two

Mole, Pan and Chapulin: Oaxacan Style with Sara Holland and Mary Doebbeling
October 28,1pm EDT

Celebrate the Day of the Dead with HSA members and herb enthusiasts Sara Holland and Mary Doebbeling. A recent journey took them to Oaxaca, Mexico where they had the opportunity to study and use herbs and plants local to the area. This area of Mexico is known for its textiles, ceramics, cuisine, and complex use of plants. Oaxaca is the most biodiverse regions in Mexico with hundreds of native specimens like the organ cactus and red frangipani. Take a virtual trip outside of the United States and learn a bit about the culture, food, and herbs of this interesting area.
Sara Holland and Mary Doebbeling are active members of the Pioneer Unit giving local presentations and traveling throughout southwest Texas giving interesting herbal programs. In addition to being active locally they have both served as South Central District Membership Delegates and have made contributions to HSA Essential Guides, worked on steering committees for district gatherings, and contributed to various committees including the Research Grant Committee.

Nonmember price $5.00

Upcoming Webinars

Enhancing Brain Health using Natural Botanicals on Thursday Nov. 12th at 12pm Eastern (note change in meeting time) with Emory Prescott, Ph.D - Sponsored by the Long Island Unit! - – Join Dr. Prescott as she shares her doctoral research on nine specific herbal nootropics (cognitive-enhancing) herbs. Her research was so productive that it led to her pursuit of TheHerbalBrain.com.

What are HSA Webinars?

Join Now and Avoid the Webinar Fee!

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


Webinar Library

Members are welcome to view webinars previously recorded at any time and free of charge in our Webinar Library. View this complimentary webinar For Us and Them, Edible Native Plants for Pollinators with Dan Jaffe here.

The Webinar Library includes webinars in the following categories:

  • Crafts
  • Children and Youth
  • Native Herbs
  • Food and Beverages
  • Growing Herbs
  • HSA History
  • Modern and Historical Herb Uses
  • Herbal Folklore
  • Health, Wellness and Medicinals
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