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April Webinar 

Shedding the Light on the Solanaceae:  An Exploration of Our Relationship with Nightshades 

with Erin Holden, HSA Member, clinical herbalist, and gardener for the National Herb Garden

April 13th, 1 pm Eastern


Nightshades have a long history of use in many cultures worldwide, and in general the family has a nefarious reputation due to the deadly nature of a few of its more notorious members. Some, however, are depended on for sustenance, while others are profitable agricultural cash crops.

In this webinar we’ll explore the relationship between humans and members of the Solanaceae family, from their magical uses to their application as medicine, poison, and food. 

Erin Holden works at the U.S. National Arboretum as gardener for the National Herb Garden, where she started as an intern in 2013. She received a B.S. in biology from Radford University, an M.S. in herbal medicine from the Maryland University of Integrative Health, and recently completed a horticulture minor through Oregon State University. In 2018 she helped launch Herban Lifestyles, an herbal educational series at the Arboretum that teaches participants how to incorporate herbs into everyday life, from dyeing with plants to making herbal salves.

In addition to working at the National Arboretum, Erin is a clinical herbalist and has served as a teaching assistant for different herbal medicine graduate courses. She’s also started a small business creating art with plants. She is a member of the American Herbalists Guild, United Plant Savers, and a member-at-large of The Herb Society of America. 

Nonmember price $5.00

Upcoming Webinars

April 13th 2021 1 pm Eastern

Shedding Light on the Solanaceae: An Exploration of Our Relationship with Nightshades with Erin Holden HSA Member, clinical herbalist, and gardener for the National Herb Garden


What are HSA Webinars?

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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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