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Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

March, 2007
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Introduction to Herbal Medicine
Join Herbalist Joshua Muscat to learn the basics of how plants are used in medicine. This three-hour workshop will introduce the students to ten of the most useful herbs from the wild, the garden, and at the pharmacy. Focus will be put on learning the principles behind how these plants are used safely and effectively. There will also be a hands-on herbal medicine-making session. Participants will leave with a solid understanding for the use of plants as medicine and their own handcrafted herbal tincture, tea or salve.

San Francisco Botanical Garden, 9th Avenue at Lincoln, San Francisco, CA
Friday, March 30, 2007, 10am - 1pm
$35 general public; pre-registration required
A materials fee of $5 is payable to the instructor at the beginning of the class.
415-661-1316 x 354 or www.sfbotanicalgarden.org

Favorite or New Plant

Rhododendron fragrantissimum
This beautiful rhododendron has the advantage of being fragrant where most rhodies are not. The flowers of R. fragrantissimum are quite large (4 to 5 inches) and white with a very faint pink tinge toward the center. The plants do well in containers. The only drawback to this plant is that it is sometimes leggy without constant supervison. Pinch branch tips to promote bushy growth and more flowers!

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