On this guided walk with Tree Sister Hildur Palsdottir and Port Washington Monarch Alliance founder David Jakim, we´ll explore the cultural and traditional uses of native and exotic wild plants. We’ll learn about the physical and chemical properties that give them their smells, flavors, and textures, drawing on our knowledge of plant similarities, patterns, and family relationships. At the same time, we’ll learn to look through the eye of an indigenous person as he or she comes to grips with the perceived properties of these plants.
Most medicines we know today were inspired by active ingredients found in the natural world. Locally, we’re surrounded by health promoting agents. Do you know what sassafras looks like? What gives black birch it’s fragrance and flavor? Did you know that the sap from the birch tree has functional uses? How do cultures from around the world know how to tell what plants are edible or medicinal? We’ll harvest the wisdom of what we find on our walk.
We have invited the Romanian herbalist Adina Dabija of Sol Center to walk with us and share her insight into nutritional and medical uses of local flora. Wild Child Organic Artist Antonia Fthenakis, who brings her Greek heritage to all she touches, will join us and share how she uses local plant materials for her Diadiii skin care line and creative adventures.
Members: $10 per car
Non-Members: $20 per car
Includes parking. Payment received at the Gate.
- August 12, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Venue: Castle Gould
Directions to the Sands Point Preserve
Directions from NYC: Long Island Expressway to exit 36 (Searingtown Road/Port Washington). At the light, make a left and go under the Long Island Expressway heading north. Take Searingtown Road north, it will change into Port Washington Boulevard and then into Middle Neck Road. The Preserve will be on the right.
Directions from points east: Long Island Expressway to exit 36 (Searingtown Road/Port Washington). At the light, make a right onto Searingtown Road. Take Searingtown Road north, it will change into Port Washington Boulevard and then into Middle Neck Road. The Preserve will be on the right.