Explore the woodland and prairie portions of AOA’s beautiful Demonstration Site in Rockbridge as we walk the property to survey and identify native medicinal plants growing on the site. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about threatened species such as American Ginseng, Goldenseal, and Black Cohosh, their preferred habitats, and techniques for growing them on your own property. We will also examine and enjoy the more common ‘prairie’ and ‘edge habitat’ species. Historical and contemporary medicinal uses of the plants will be discussed as well as their greater ecological significance (pollinators, seed dispersers, wildlife value).
AOA’s demonstration site is a remarkable environment to learn about native medicinal plant species as it encompasses a variety of fascinating habitats including a perfect blend of Hemlock and deciduous hardwood environments as well as a carefully planted prairie. AOA has partnered with United Plant Savers (Ups), a native medicinal plant conservation non-profit, to help identify and reintroduce threatened medicinal species onsite and AOA’s Demonstration Site is a part of the UpS Botanical Sanctuary Network. Visit unitedplantsavers.org for additional information about the UpS mission and how you can conserve and protect native medicinal plant species.
Meet at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. The walk will last approximately two hours but potentially longer depending on interest (there is so much to see and discuss!). Feel free to pack a sack lunch and stay afterwards to enjoy the peace and serenity of the forest environs.
The Demonstration Site is located along U.S. Highway 33 just north of Rockbridge. Park in the gravel parking area located at 25797 Bailey Road near to the entrance to Mathias Grove.
This event is free and open to the public. We will plan to meet rain or shine - so please come prepared and dress appropriately for the weather and hiking on slopes.