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/ Lyrra has organized & offered plant walks since 2009. Topics may include wild plant foods; ecology; medicinal plants; harvesting methods & plant life cycles; plants for material needs and crafts; & basic botany & taxonomy. Victoria does not teach the subject of invasion biology.

 

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 :


Summer Plant Walk

Sunday, August 15
3pm- 7pm
@ Charlottesville, VA (Monticello area)

Meet the wild plants of Summer in the mid-Atlantic Piedmont. We'll explore forest edge and meadows to learn about many plant foods, medicines, & materials specific to this region. Expect to meet trees & shrubs like black walnut, spicebush, persimmon, hickory, pawpaw, honey locust, hackberry, autumn olive, sassafras, wineberry, & black raspberry, and herbs like passionflower, goldenrod, life everlasting, & wild carrot. Learn what makes each of these green beings so magnificent and of such deep value to human life. We'll keep our eyes open for mushrooms and birds as well.  

Each walk is $20 per person. 

To register email Lyrra at StormsofDaylight@gmail.com

Registration is by Paypal. Trail location & parking directions will be emailed to registered participants. 

Bring: August is HOT, & we'll be covering a good bit of ground in this walk. Bring plenty of water, dress lightly, wear comfortable walking shoes, & sun protection (hat, sunscreen, etc.) if you'll want it. You might also consider bringing a snack, & a notebook or camera for taking notes if desired.

*Note- Lyrra does not teach invasion biology

food, fiber, medicine 

*this walk is full*
please join the waitlist or view other scheduled walks

Health & Safety:

Non-vaccinated participants are required to wear a mask for the duration of the walk. Vaccinated individuals- please bring a mask, to take on & off when moving closer together to inspect plants & farther apart while walking.

To help us keep physical space, I am limiting the number of participants in this walk to 6 people. So please register early if you would like to attend. 

Questions? Email me at stormsofdaylight@gmail.com

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Summer Plant Walk

Sunday, August 29
3pm- 7pm
@ North Garden, VA

In this walk we'll explore the abundant diversity of Summer growth along pond & streamsides, and within meadow & young forest.  Expect to meet water's edge plants like alder, hopniss, water hemlock, elder, jewelweed, watermint, & black willow; meadow plants like wild carrot & milkweed; & edge plants like wild grape, winged sumac, & persimmon.  Learn what makes each of these green beings so magnificent and of such deep value to human life. We'll keep our eyes open for mushrooms and birds as well.  

Each walk is $20 per person. 

To register email Lyrra at StormsofDaylight@gmail.com

Registration is by Paypal. Trail location & parking directions will be emailed to registered participants. 

Bring:  We'll be walking through some mud & crossing small streams, so wear appropriate footwear. August is HOT. Bring plenty of water, dress lightly, & sun protection (hat, sunscreen, etc.) if you'll want it. You might also consider bringing a snack, & a notebook or camera for taking notes if desired.

Restrooms: there is a restroom in the parking lot of this trail, which we will only be near at the beginning & end of the walk. So it would be a good idea to be comfortable peeing in the woods if you need to. 

*Note- Lyrra does not teach invasion biology

pond & stream

Health & Safety:

Non-vaccinated participants are required to wear a mask for the duration of the walk. Vaccinated individuals- please bring a mask, to take on & off when moving closer together to inspect plants & farther apart while walking.

To help us keep physical space, I am limiting the number of participants in this walk to 6 people. So please register early if you would like to attend. 

Questions? Email me at stormsofdaylight@gmail.com

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About Lyrra/ Victoria's relationship to plants:

Lyrra 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, and ancestral skills or "earthskills," while spending 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, animal husbandry, 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 Lyrra 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)