Sunday, April 23, 2017

Spring Events in the Northeast

Purple Dead Nettles (Lamium purpureum) - a member of the Mint Family that prefers our lawns and  often goes overlooked. Delicious when pureed into a pesto, tossed in a green salad, or baked atop pizza. One of the first greens to appear in early Spring.

It's really truly here!! Spring, that is! You know I didn't realize until it suddenly returned that I had kind of resigned myself to a full year of winter. What a relief when on the Milford Cliff trail I spied the white blossoms of the Cherry trees along the rocky cliff and the tiny star-shaped flowers of Early Saxifrage lining the grassy trail amidst slender still young Dandelion leaves, the tiniest hearts of Violet leaves, and the fragrant green spikes of Wild Onion. If you haven't already, it is time to hit the trail and see just what Spring has in store for us!

Below is a list of Upcoming Events to help you do just that. New events are still being added so please do check back for updates. And don't miss what is at the end of this post ... a special announcement about mine and Scott's customized hikes!

Crystal Springs Resort and Spa
Vernon, NJ
May 6th and 7th
The Botanical Hiker: Artist in Residence
A Presentation on Spring Foraging: Easy to Find Edible and Medicinal Plants
5/6 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Wild Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk
Cost: $20
5/7 9:30 - 11:30 am
 Visit for more information

Medicine Wheel Festival
Lusscroft Farm, Wantage NJ 
May 20th and 21st
Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk both days on the grounds of Lusscroft Farm
1:00 - 2:00 pm
Cost: Walk is free, entry to festival is $7/person
Enjoy plant walks from a number of herbalists and naturalists, peruse vendor's handmade goods, purchase starter plants for your herb garden, and walk the Medicine Wheel. I will be on site with my book for sale and eager to talk all things plants!
 Visit for more information

Milford Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk

Departing from and returning to Holy Crepes, 224 Broad Street, Milford PA
May 27th 
Join both myself and Scott for a wild edible and medicinal plant walk through the streets of Milford. Together we will see just what useful plants can be identified along our sidewalks, alleyways, parks, and thickets. This will be an easy stroll with many stops along the way. Enjoy a crepe for lunch upon returning!
11:00 - 12:30 pm
Cost: $15 per person
Children welcome and (under 13 yrs of age) free
Visit Holy Crepes to pre-register or email Heather and Scott at

Plant Walk with the Sierra Club

Stokes State Forest, NJ
May 28th 
Walk a wooded trail through Stokes State Forest, learning how to identify and utilize the edible and medicinal plants we see along the way. This roughly 2 mile hike along the Appalachian Trail to Kittatinny Ridge will be moderate in nature, but with many stops along the way.
10:00 - 12:30 pm
Cost: $20 per person
Contact Dave Alcock at to register

Nature Walk with the Botanical Hiker

Angry Erik Brewing, Lafeyette, NJ
June 4th 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Take a walk along the Paulinskill Trail located across the street from the Brewery and learn about some of the edible and medicinal plants that can be found in your own backyard. Finish up with a pint of refreshing Angry Erik brew back at the brewer upon return!
Cost: $25 per person (includes 1 pint of beer)
Call Angry Erik to register: (862) 432-9003

 I would like to announce that in addition to my seasonal plant walks and botanical presentations, Scott and I will be teaming up to offer specially tailored hikes just for you throughout the region. Read below for more information and to learn how to schedule a hike!

Scott and Heather ready to take you on a hike!
Hike Local: Customized Hikes in the Poconos
  • Wish to find out about more trails that weave through your nearby woods?
  • Visiting the area for the first time and want to see the area's rushing waterfalls, little-known coves, epic vistas, or that stand of Old Growth Hemlock?
  • Have family or friends coming to the area and want to offer them a unique activity?
  • Yearning to learn more about your local flora? 
We are available to customize a hike just for you or your group depending upon your desired focus. Hikes can range from easy with lots of stops to see the plants along the way or a vigorous hike along one of our nearby long distance trails such as the Appalachian Trail, Finger Lakes Trail, Long Path, or Shawangunk Ridge Trail
Group rates available
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email us at

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