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Garden Apothecary

Garden Apothecary

  • WHEN:  June 22, 2024
  • TIME:  9:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • FEE:  $125.00 USD
  • INSTRUCTOR:  Suzanne Tabert
  • SETTING:  In-Person
  • LOCATION:  Sandpoint, ID

(details & directions provided after enrollment)

“A garden is a friend you can visit any time.” – Sandia Seed
The garden is in full bloom at the CMHS farmlet! We’ll tour my garden to see what’s been planted there – you’ll be inspired to make a variety of remedies to take home in community with the bees, geese and chickens. Perhaps you’ll take home a plant start or two as well!

My garden is a thing of beauty. Each of the 11 raised beds and surrounding grounds contain plants that are grown for particular needs.

  • to attract pollinators – bees and birds
  • medicinal culinary herbs
  • herbs for relaxation
  • herbs for immune support
  • herbs for respiratory care
  • herbs for digestive care
  • herbs for heart health
  • herbs for skin care

While learning the medicine of each plant, students will be creating formulas on paper. I’ll teach how to pick the right part of the plant and use the correct menstrua to both extract and preserve the medicine and nutrition. Additionally, learn how to properly dry and store the herbs to use later in the seasons.

Then I’ll turn everyone loose to pick, chop and create remedies of their own choice. So important is learning “how to get the medicine to the people in ways they’ll enjoy taking, so that healing can occur.” We will dive deep into a myriad ways about how to use the the remedies students create. Herbal truffles may be involved….

Included in the day will be a hydrosol distillation, using a variety of flowers and leaves that everyone will have a hand in picking. Hydrosols are a transformation of fresh plants and living water, thoughtful intention, fire, copper, and steam that produce a gentle, ethical and accessible alternative to essential oils for aromatherapy. They can be used alone or be incorporated into other natural plant therapies. Learn how!

One of my favorite herbs is mugwort. It’s a bitter and cooling herb that is much needed by many for sweet dreams, calm minds and its wealth of nutrients. Students may make a herbal vinegar from one or both of the mugwort species growing in the garden and for sure will make mugwort bundle (like a sage smudge) and mugwort bath salts.

Everyone will leave filled with the bliss of community in the garden, a wealth of new knowledge and remedies to take home.

Iced herbal lemonade and tea will be served. <- all with herbs from the garden!


We will meet at the CMHS farmlet (address and directions will be emailed after enrollment). The workshop is open to registered students only. Please do not bring unregistered guests, pets or children.

What to bring? How to prepare?

  • 6 clean half pint jars
  • 1 clean pint jar
  • 1 pint 100 proof alcohol
  • 1 pint honey
  • 1 pint organic unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 pint plain witch hazel (with alcohol, not alcohol free or scented)
  • embroidery thread, any color
  • sandwich size plastic bag or container
  • masking tape or labels
  • cutting board, scissors, chopping knife
  • plastic lids for your jars OR if using a metal lid, bring parchment paper to act as a barrier between the metal and the product
  • lunch/beverage

Please dress for the weather and sun! We will have a shelter up for shade, if needed.

WORKSHOP REFUND POLICY: Refunds will gladly be given minus a 20% processing fee up to 7 days before a community workshop. We have a no refunds policy for cancelling 7 days or less before a workshop and for no-shows. No exceptions can be made. Thank you for understanding. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have before registering.