26 December, 2015 Charlena Edge 0 Comment

Hi All! I’m so sorry I have been MIA for months. Between work, school, my commute, dropping my daughter off at college, and getting my son off to a good start for his senior year, I have been BUSY!

This post has been in my head (and heart) for some time. This past summer during one of my classes, I had to good fortune to visit the garden of Dr. James Duke. Dr. Duke is an ethnobotanist who spent 27 years working for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Before his retirement, Dr. Duke created the ethnobotanical and phytochemical database online at USDA. Dr. Dukes Plant Database.

This database contains phytochemical and plant use information for thousands of plants. The database continues to be updated by the USDA and is a valuable resource to me as an herbal student. Additionally, I have many of Dr. Duke’s Books. I love his “folksy” straight forward writing style and he makes researching medicinal plants easy and fun.

It was a hot, July evening, when I and my classmates ventured to the garden. The garden was completely shaded and such as an inviting space. Interestingly, insects were at a minimum and I felt invigorated and fortunate as I roamed the acres of plants, marveling at the ones I recognized and making mental notes to look up the ones I’d never heard of.

Luckily for me, Dr. Duke and his wife Peggy will leave their beautiful home and herb garden to the Maryland University of Integrative Health. I, and students for years to come, will be able to study more than 300 medicinal plant species from around the world. The garden is organized into 80 plots designated for 80 different disease states.

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Hi, welcome to my humble abode! I’m Charlena, wife, mother of two, pet mommy, full-time worker, sporadic crafter, former floral designer, trial and error gardener, future chicken owner, and wanna be farmer. I have a Master’s degree in Therapeutic Herbalism. In between my disjointed, seemingly unrelated posts, I hope to share some of what I’ve learned. Thanks for stopping by!

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