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A Walk to Learn About Beneficial Herbs for Pets and People


Nancy Anderson, herbalist and owner of Canis major Herbals, in Somerville, will host an herb walk at 11 a.m. on August 25. The informational walk will take place along the bike path in Davis Square, in Somerville, starting at the entrance behind the Rite Aid pharmacy on Highland Avenue.  

Anderson will discuss the medicinal properties of the many plants growing wild in the area and aim to give dog owners a better understanding of how herbs can benefit both animals and humans. “Anyone who is interested in learning about native plants that can help both pets and people is invited to come along,” she says. “Bring your curiosity, your questions, a notebook and a pen. Well-mannered dogs are also welcome.”

Anderson says that such plants as dandelion, Japanese knotweed, red clover, comfrey, sweet leaf, juniper, burdock, and yarrow have medicinal properties that are appropriate for dogs. She hopes to present more walks in the future, tentatively scheduled for the fourth Saturday of each month.

Location: Meet on the bike path behind Rite Aid pharmacy, 393 Highland Ave., Somerville. For more information, call 617-501-9241 or visit

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