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.

About 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 typically 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. 

Lyrra (Victoria) 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. 

 

 

 
 

2022 Spring Plant Walk Schedule

Baltimore County, MD

March 19 (Saturday), w/ Lyrra Magda @ Kingsville, MD
April 10 (Sunday), w/ Calyx Liddick & Lyrra Magda @ Parkville, MD
April 24 (Sunday), w/ Calyx Liddick & Lyrra Magda @ Monkton, MD
May 10 (Tues), w/ Calyx Liddick & Lyrra Magda @ Phoenix, MD
May 22 (Sunday), w/ Calyx Liddick & Lyrra Magda @ Parkton, MD


*Spring plant walks this season are co-taught by Lyrra Magda & Calyx Liddick, unless otherwise stated
**1 work-trade spot is available per plant walk for someone who can take photography

12pm- 4pm

Summer Plant Walk Schedule

Central Virginia

June 18 (Saturday) 12pm- 4pm, w/ Lyrra Magda @ Scottsville, VA
July 9 (Saturday) 3pm- 7pm, w/ Lyrra Magda @ Charlottesville, VA


 

Calyx Liddick

Calyx Liddick is a Vitalist western herbalist, holistic nutritionist, forest-dweller, wildcrafter, writer of poetry and prose, and mother of two, based in South Central Pennsylvania. She teaches educational programs through the Northern Appalachia School of Vitalist Herbalism & Ecology, and works one on one with clients through her practice at the Northern Appalachia Clinic.

visit northernappalachiaschool.com

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Covid Safety During Plant Walks

Plant walks take place entirely outdoors & are limited in size to 12 participants. We encourage participants bring a mask to put on particularly when moving close together to examine the details of a plant, & to socially distance as feels best for your physical, emotional, & mental wellbeing. This being said we acknowledge, and ask those attending plant walks to acknowledge that there is an inherent risk due to the intimacy of this kind of hands-on learning experience. 

While masking & vaccination is not required in order to attend walks, we ask that those seeking to attend arrive with a respect for the needs, boundaries, & wellbeing of each individual in the group. 
If you know that you have been exposed to covid positive individuals, have yourself tested positive, or experience symptoms, we ask that you please stay home from the walk that day.

Plant Walks By Date:

Late Spring Plant Walk

Sunday, May 22
12pm- 4pm
@ Parkton, MD

Instructors: Lyrra Magda & Calyx Liddick

Experience the lushness & blossoming glory of Spring in May, the month of flowers. Meet a wide array of edible & medicinal plants along rich edges, moist woodland, a little bit of open meadow, and streamside. We'll hope to see emerging shoots of milkweed & dogbane, common sun-loving herbs like red clover flowers & vetch, shrubs like spicebush & black haw, and vines like wisteria & wild grape.

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: Dress in footwear for potentially muddy trodding & some somewhat steep trails. Bring plenty of drinking water. You might also consider bringing a snack, & a notebook or camera for taking notes if desired.

Restrooms: there is sometimes an open indoor restroom building about a 5 minute walk from the parking lot where we will begin the walk. There is also plenty of secluded woods & thicket for peeing.   

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Early Summer Plant Walk

Saturday, June 18
12pm- 4pm
@ Downtown Scottsville, VA

Instructor: Lyrra Magda

Meet some of the extraordinary edible, medicinal, & fiber plants of the Mid-Atlantic Piedmont as we explore the feral edges & meadows near downtown Scottsville. In the tangle of lush Summer growth, expect to meet root foods like Jerusalem artichoke, wapato, & wild carrot; fruit trees like wild black cherry, honey locust, persimmon, & callery pear; edible greens like oxeye daisy & wood nettle; fiber plants like dogbane & swamp mallow; & poisonous plants like water hemlock. We'll practice some basic botany & learn what makes each of these green beings so magnificent and of such deep value to human life. Topics may include harvesting & propagation methods, preparation & cooking, processing fiber & other material plants, plant medicines, & preservation. We'll keep our eyes open for fungi 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 stepping into some tall pasture growth so wear clothing & footwear that will help you feel at ease amid possible poison ivy & ticks. Some parts of the walk also might be muddy. Late June is likely to be hot. So dress in layers you can easily take on and off, bring plenty of water, & consider sun protection (hat, sunscreen, etc.). You might also consider bringing a snack, & a notebook or camera for taking notes if desired.

Restrooms: there are numerous restrooms in the establishments in downtown Scottsville (the Exxon gas station, the coffee shop, etc.), so consider going before the start of the plant walk. If folks need to pee during the walk when we're a far distance from Main Street, we'll figure out an incognito spot for woods peeing.
 

*Note- Lyrra does not teach invasion biology

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Summer Plant Walk

Saturday, July 9
3pm- 7pm
@ Charlottesville, VA (Monticello area)

Instructor: Lyrra Magda

Meet some of the extraordinary edible, medicinal, & fiber plants of the Mid-Atlantic Piedmont as we explore early successional meadows, edges, & young forest. In the height of Summer's growth, expect to meet meadow herbs like milkweed, thistles, goldenrod, & passionflower; fruit-bearing brambles & shrubs like wineberry, blackcap raspberry, & autumn olive; and trees like persimmon, sassafras, black walnut, hackberry, & pawpaw. We'll practice some basic botany & learn what makes each of these green beings so magnificent and of such deep value to human life. Topics may include harvesting & propagation methods, preparation & cooking, processing fiber & other material plants, plant medicines, & preservation. We'll keep our eyes open for fungi 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 covering a good bit of distance in this walk, & stepping into some tall meadow growth so wear clothing & footwear that will help you feel at ease amid possible poison ivy & ticks, & wear clothing suitable for hot sun. Bring plenty of water, & consider sun protection (hat, sunscreen, etc.). You might also consider bringing a snack, & a notebook or camera for taking notes if desired.

Restrooms: there are no public restroom at this location, but there will be plenty of secluded brush for peeing. 

*Note- Lyrra does not teach invasion biology

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About Lyrra'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 Lyrra 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)