Edible, Medicinal, Magical & Useful Wild Plants

Listen to the plants, the moon, the sun, the grasshoppers, the animals & the birds, and they'll be in your heart forever.

Plant Walks

Plant walks are a fun, informal, and hands-on way to learn about the wild plants in your area from someone who knows them well. Whether you are just beginning your learning about the green world, are new to an area or ecosystem, or simply delight to hear more stories and perspectives on plants you already know well, plant walks are a wonderful way to learn and to meet like-minded folks. For those on or beginning a green path, going on plant walks with as many different instructors as you can is one of the best ways to expand perspective & learning. 

Plant walks are 3- 4 hours long, and take place entirely outdoors in many kinds of weather. Please dress accordingly, bring water, and a notebook, camera, snacks, or anything else you would like to feel comfortable. 

Victoria has organized & offered plant walks since 2009. Topics may include wild edibles; medicinal plants; harvesting methods; plants for basic needs and crafts; & basic botany & taxonomy.

 

Private Instruction

Want more focused instruction? A private plant walk on your land or any other chosen location can be tailored to your unique desires for learning and at your chosen pace. Private walks can range anywhere from 2 hours to 5 hours. 

Or

Would you like a group plant walk tailored to your club, school, or other organization? Private walks can typically accommodate up to 20 people, and can focus on topics related to your group's interests or learning goals.   

Inquire about private instruction for individuals or groups by email. 

 

 

 
 

Upcoming Walks :

Wild Greens of Early Spring

Plant Walk

Sun, March 22

12pm- 4pm

@ Parkville, MD

As the ground warms a tiny explosion of green things emerges as the first harbingers of Spring. After a long Winter, these are the year's first tender edible greens and medicines. Looking to the ground and the swelling buds of trees, we'll pay special attention to greens like garlic pennycress, bittercress, violets, chickweed, dandelion, & garlic mustard, as well as redbud and maple flowers.

Each walk is $20 per person. 

To register email Victoria at StormsofDaylight@gmail.com

Bring: plenty of water, snacks, a notebook or camera for taking notes if desired, and please dress according to the weather.

 

Spring Ephemerals

Plant Walk

Sun, April 5

12pm- 4pm

@Hereford, MD

In April in the river bottoms of the Mid-Atlantic Piedmont, the realm of the fairies comes alive. We'll learn and celebrate the Spring ephemerals, fast blooming plants which emerge in early Spring and are quickly gone for another year of dormancy. Learn about why many of these are sensitive species for human harvest. We might see spring beauties, trout lily, toothwort, anemonies, sweet cicely, and perhaps the infamous false hellebore. 

Each walk is $20 per person. 

To register email Victoria at StormsofDaylight@gmail.com

Bring: plenty of water, snacks, a notebook or camera for taking notes if desired, and please dress according to the weather.

Spring Woodlands & Riverbottom

Plant Walk

Sat, April 25

12pm- 4pm

@ Phoenix, MD

We'll explore the woods of Spring, to delight in black haw flowers, stinging nettles, and the stalks or flowers of garlic mustard and other wild greens. We'll check to see if any early signs of shoots have begun amidst the bamboo, and hopefully also make it to the riverbottom to see what it stirring beneath the maples & willow.

Each walk is $20 per person. 

To register email Victoria at StormsofDaylight@gmail.com

Bring: plenty of water, snacks, a notebook or camera for taking notes if desired, and please dress according to the weather.

Spring Plant Walk

@Fox Haven Farm & Learning Center

Sunday, May 3

12pm- 4pm

@Jefferson, MD

Spring is an exciting time which heralds the emergence of tender wild edible shoots, like pokeweed and milkweed, an abundance of edible flowers, like black locust, violets, dandelion, and wild rose, and edible and medicinal wild greens and herbs. The edges, meadows, fields, and even forests are alive with color and greenery.

 

We'll walk the mid-Spring landscape, learning to notice, smell, taste, and harvest some of these magical plants. We'll also practice some simple botany and plant taxonomy, and learn how to understand plants in their wider ecological contexts. Meaning, "why do certain plants grow where they do?", "what is the life cycle of these plants?", and "how can we harvest and tend them in a way that is harmonious to their life cycles?". Bring a basket if you might like to gather some edible flowers or shoots to bring home. 

Registration for this walk is through Fox Haven Farm (click link to redirect to Fox Haven's website)

Bring: plenty of water, snacks, a notebook or camera for taking notes if desired, and please dress according to the weather.

Photo by John Kelbel. 

Shoots & Flowers

Spring Plant Walk

Sat, May 16

12pm- 4pm

@Hunt Valley, MD

Mid May in the Piedmont, tender edible shoots, like milkweed and pokeweed, are on the rise. Edible flowers like black locust and wild roses cascade from the trees and shrub layers. And low growing herbs like yarrow, chicory, & wild carrot are starting to transition to their tall Summertime forms. We'll take a look at everything that's in bloom, tender for eating, and alive with medicine and magic. 

Each walk is $20 per person. 

To register email Victoria at StormsofDaylight@gmail.com

Bring: plenty of water, snacks, a notebook or camera for taking notes if desired, and please dress according to the weather.

Plant Classes:

 

Way of the Gatherers

food, fiber, & medicine plants

 of the Mid-Atlantic Piedmont 

a 3-month mentorship

Spring 2020, Baltimore County, MD

Yucca

wild fiber & soap

Sunday, April 12

12pm- 4:30pm

OHerbals Apothecary, Baltimore, MD

Spinning Dogbane

w/ Drop Spindle

& other wild fibers

Sunday, Dec 29

12pm- 3:30pm

OHerbals Apothecary, Baltimore MD

Learn Botany 101

A 1-Day Immersion for Beginners

Sunday, April 19

9am- 4pm

OHerbals Apothecary, Baltimore MD

About Victoria's relationship to plants:

Victoria studied Ethnobotany & Western herbal medicine at the Evergreen State College in Washington state, where she graduated in 2011. After college she pursued hands-on learning and rigorous self study in permaculture, plant spirit medicine, wild edible plants, primitive skills, and earthskills/rewilding, and has enjoyed much time living close to the land in a spectrum of urban, rural, and off-grid landscapes. Here in the living of everyday life are her relationships to plants created and deepened, through extensive gardening, foraging, wildcrafting, wild tending, and the harvesting of plant material for crafts and tasks ranging from basketry to hide tanning to fiber processing to dyes to fire to primitive tattooing to tool making. Ever traveling, her meeting of new plants and landscapes sprout perpetual wonder, experimentation, devotion, and awe.

The landscapes and ecologies with which Victoria is most familiar are the Southeastern Appalachians, piedmont, & lowcountry, the Mid-Atlantic, Florida (which is basically its own country), the Northeast, and the Pacific Northwest. 

 

On the subjects of plants and earth based living Victoria has had more teachers than she could possibly ever count. In recent years, she is grateful to have learned from Samuel Thayer, Doug Elliot & Yanna Fishman, and such Florida plant nuts as Green Deane, Andy Firk, and Michael Adler.

Articles & Media:

Alive and Awake, by April Bartel, Fox Haven Farm & Learning Center, 2017 (article)

The Forager's Apprentice, Episode 1617 of The Permaculture Podcast with Scott Mann (audio interview)

Part 2 (of above interview), Episode 1636 of The Permaculture Podcast with Scott Mann (audio interview)

© 2019 by Victoria Greba 

Marshall, NC