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Qualicum Beach Garden Club Meeting, Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Apr 14 at 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Chanchal Cabrera ~ Garden Plants as Healing Allies.
As we know, a garden can heal us in many ways, from providing nourishing food and physical activity for the body, to providing solace and beauty for the soul. And many common garden plants also yield powerful and useful remedies for a wide variety of health concerns. Some are things you can make for yourself, and some are the source of powerful pharmaceuticals.
Foxglove gives us digoxin for the heart and deadly nightshade gives atropine which is used to enlarge your pupils in an eye exam. But what about hydrangea, rose, peony, rhubarb, honeysuckle, forsythia, privet and so many more garden plants? What medicines do they make and how do they work? What is safe and what isn’t? Join Master Gardener and Medical Herbalist Chanchal Cabrera to learn more about how we can grow medicines in our flower beds.
Chanchal Cabrera and her husband Thierry Vrain manage Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden, a seven-acre internationally recognized botanic garden in Courtenay which specializes in food and medicine plants. Along with hosting apprenticeships in sustainable food production and herbal medicine, the farm also hosts Gardens Without Borders, a federally registered-not-for-profit society established to run the botanic garden and provide horticulture therapy. Chanchal also runs a private herbal medicine clinic specializing in holistic oncology, and offers a monthly student training clinic that provides free health services to the community.
QB Civic Centre, 747 Jones Street, doors open at 7pm; meeting begins at 7:30pm. Guests $3.