Medicinal Plant Walks Showcase Benefits of Local Flora
Each month, the Boston School of Herbal Studies (BSHS) presents Medicinal Plant Walks led by Madelon Hope, a clinical herbalist and licensed psychotherapist. This summer’s walks will take place from 1 to 3 p.m., June 5, July 3 and August 7, at Rock Meadow, in Belmont. On the walks, participants learn to identify local plants and find out which parts are used medicinally to nourish and support health.
“Medicinal plants are everywhere—in our backyards, along the streets where we walk, and in open spaces all around us,” Hope explains. “They are our plant neighbors, and it is useful to learn about them.” She says that native plants are helpful to their human neighbors and the environment because they have devised strategies to cope with local ecological challenges and also help cleanse the water, soil and air.
The fee for each walk is $15, and children attend free. BSHS also offers herbal apprenticeship programs, advanced training, aromatherapy certification and ongoing fall and winter classes.