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Cameron Strouss and Antonia Viteri bring herbal and medicinal studies to The Gardens

published: 04/28/2016

Cameron Strouss and Antonia Viteri bring herbal and medicinal studies to The Gardens

In 2014, former Birmingham Botanical Gardens intern Cameron Strouss and volunteer Antonia Viteri had the idea of leading a series of classes, From the Ground Up, on herbal and medicinal plants. The first class of the From the Ground Up series was in January 2015. With six classes under their belts, they are now expanding the series and adding more in-depth instruction.

Strouss has been in love with herbal medicine for eight years and in clinical practice for nearly three. She has more than 4,000 hours of Sciences and Herbal Education and is an honors graduate of the University of Montevallo and The Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine.

She has worked with Southern folk Herbalist Darryl Patton and Thomas Easley; held internships at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Herb Pharm in Williams, Oregon and with Thomas Easley of The Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine.

Cameron owns and operates Deep Roots Apotheké & Clinic. The business encompasses a successful clinical practice and includes an expanding Farmers' Market presence in Birmingham. In her clinical practice she offers individual consultations, nutritional counseling, lifestyle coaching and personalized wild harvested herbal formulas. 

She is passionate about sharing herbalism and health education/personal advocacy and as such, makes teaching a priority; leading educational community workshops about wild harvesting, medicine making and preventative care utilizing herbal techniques.

Mobile native Anotonia Viteri is cross-trained as a designer, herbalist and a health & wellness practitioner. She holds a bachelor's degree in Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-arc) and a master's degree in Landscape Architecture from UC Berkeley. She's also earned certifications in Herbal Studies from the California School of Herbal Studies (CSHS) and the Appalachian Center for Natural Health (ACNH).

Prior to her herbal ventures, Antonia's professional experience focused on sustainable design for urban redevelopment including park & streetscape design, storm-water management, urban forestry, wetland conservation and preservation of historic landscapes throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2011 she decided to pursue a rigorous fulltime herbal studies program in Forestville, CA.

The result was an herbal adventure that still continues. She eventually made her way back home to study with Alabama Herbalist Phyllis Light at the Appalachian Center for Natural health in Arab.

Today she is an Herbalist in Western and Southern-Folk traditions, a member of the American Herbalist Guild (AHG), a Master Gardener within Jefferson County and a LEED Accredited Landscape Designer. Antonia's primary passions orbit around two things: advocating for environmental stewardship and good design. She believes a well-intended design process has the ability to enhance and promote human health and she believes that society should take responsibility in minimizing environmental degradation on many levels.

Since her relocation to Birmingham from Northern California in 2013, she has spearheaded Herbal Studio, LLC., an interdisciplinary consultancy offering custom herbal knowledge and sustainable design. The inception of Herbal Studio is about creating a business model that provides "out of the ordinary" services that translates into various genres of social awareness. Herbal Studio offers a conceptual framework for achieving wellness through everyday choices. Services include Individual Health Consultations, Corporate Wellness, Wellness Education and Design of Medicinal Landscapes.

Antonia believes that work on the individual scale can have a domino effect into the collective scale. She aspires to combine her skills as a designer and herbalist to teach, empower, make art and influence others to cherish our natural world.

The duo has two upcoming sessions at The Gardens: "FOOD is MEDICINE: The ABC's of Vitamins and Minerals for health and longevity," which takes place on May 21 from 10-2 p.m., and "The Art and Science of Tea Blending," which takes place on May 28 from noon-3 p.m.

In the former session, Viteri will discuss the nutritional content of whole foods, foods to eat when suffering from chronic maladies, and how to make earth wise and sustainable purchases. They'll also introduce notions that food is medicinal and that healthy eating habits result in an active participation to not only your health and well-being, but to the well-being of the planet.

In the latter session, Strouss will demonstrate how to extract certain properties from tea using different temperatures, when to boil an herb, step it or do a cold infusion and what tasty herbals to blend for specific concerns and imbalances to boost health and nourish the soul.

To register for either or both, follow the links above.
 


To learn more about all of the educational opportunities The Gardens has to offer, we encourage you to visit our website, find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and follow us on Instagram. You can subscribe to the award-winning Dirt E-Lert, our bi-weekly e-newsletter, by simply texting BBGARDENS to 22828.

About Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Birmingham Botanical Gardens is Alabama's largest living museum with more than 12,000 different plants in its living collections. The Gardens' 67.5 acres contains more than 25 unique gardens, 30+ works of original outdoor sculpture and miles of serene paths. The Gardens features the largest public horticulture library in the U.S., conservatories, a wildflower garden, two rose gardens, the Southern Living garden, and Japanese Gardens with a traditionally crafted tea house. Education programs run year round and more than 11,000 school children enjoy free science-curriculum based field trips annually. The Gardens is open daily, offering free admission to more than 350,000 yearly visitors.


12 free 'Lunch & Learn' dates come to Birmingham Botanical Gardens this summer

published: 04/26/2016

12 free 'Lunch & Learn' dates come to Birmingham Botanical Gardens this summer

A full slate of Lunch & Learn sessions has been added to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens calendar for 2016. The free sessions take place twice a month from May until October, and they'll cover lawn maintenance, ferns, native plants and more. Each session takes place from 11:30-12:30 p.m. Patrons are encouraged to bring a lunch - desserts will be provided. A full calendar is below:

May 11 - The WOW Factor: Hear from a realtor the tips and tricks on how to make your house have that WOW factor. Led by Peter Northcott of LAH Real Estate.

May 25 - Fronds with Benefits: In both sun and shade ferns are functional, cost efficient and environmentally friendly. Led by Dan Spaulding.

June 8 - Native Flower Arranging: Learn how to grow and use natives in flower arranging. Led by John Manion.

June 22 - Aquatic Gardens: Learn about the plants, maintenance and care for ponds - large or small. Led by Chuck Thomas.

July 13 - Oh Deer...: Learn strategies on how to prevent certain wildlife from ruining your yard or garden. Led by Andy Baril of Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

July 27 - Better Veggies: From Soil to harvest, learn how to grow wholesome food. Led by William "Captain Compost" Cureton.

August 10 - How Succulent: No time? No water? No problem! Se­dums and other succulents thrive in the native dry garden with very little care. Led by TBD.

August 24 - Yard Art: Discover fun alternatives to plants in your landscape while still adding charm, color, and interest. Led by Hope Long.

September 14 - All About Bulbs: Easy care and low maintenance? Yes, and they bring added color and texture all year long! Led by Amanda Clark.

September 28 - Transplanting and Care: Discover the tried and true techniques of planting, propagating, or moving established plants in your yard. Led by David Doggett.

October 12 - Ask the Experts!: Bring your garden related questions and ask the panel. Trees, turf, vegetables, soil, pests, and disease - our experts have the answers! Led by TBD.

October 26 - They're So Wicked: Discover what plants are harmful or toxic, how to control them and the folklore associated with them! Led by Verna Gates.

For a full list of adult and family classes at The Gardens and to register for each online, visit www.bbgardens.org/classes.
 


To learn more about all of the educational opportunities The Gardens has to offer, we encourage you to visit our website, find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and follow us on Instagram. You can subscribe to the award-winning Dirt E-Lert, our bi-weekly e-newsletter, by simply texting BBGARDENS to 22828.

About Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Birmingham Botanical Gardens is Alabama's largest living museum with more than 12,000 different plants in its living collections. The Gardens' 67.5 acres contains more than 25 unique gardens, 30+ works of original outdoor sculpture and miles of serene paths. The Gardens features the largest public horticulture library in the U.S., conservatories, a wildflower garden, two rose gardens, the Southern Living garden, and Japanese Gardens with a traditionally crafted tea house. Education programs run year round and more than 11,000 school children enjoy free science-curriculum based field trips annually. The Gardens is open daily, offering free admission to more than 350,000 yearly visitors.


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