Foundations of Herbalism

This course is an introduction to the basic principles of herbal medicine. Learn the history of herbal medicine and how cultures throughout the world use plants for healing both physically and spiritually. It covers basic terminology commonly used in herbalism as well as do-it-yourself therapeutic practices. This course is perfect for the beginning herbalist or anyone interested in the foundational basics of modern herbalism. This course is a pre-requisite for the Spring Herbalism Certificate Program 101 and recommended for the Summer Herbalism Certificate Program 201.


Price: $26, $24 member


Instructor: Blake Burger


Blake Burger began to work as a seasonal gardener for Denver Botanic Gardens. After one year, he was hired full time as a horticulturalist. Throughout his years at the Gardens he has worked with tropical plants, native plants, vegetables and herbs. After receiving his Herbalist Certification here in Denver, Blake immediately began working with the vast array of medicinal plants growing in the Gardens. He founded the Denver Medicinal Plant Society in 2015, created and maintains several medicinal plant beds at the Gardens' York Street location, and has laid the foundation for the Garden's first Herbalist Certificate Program. As a certified yoga instructor, Blake has led more than 1,000 yoga classes over six years and created a nationally recognized yoga program here at the Gardens. Blake believes in a multifaceted approach to health and wellness: eat well, move your body, never stop learning, get outside and connect.

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