These workshops take advantage of our unique combination of diverse habitats, extensive plant collection, extraordinary library and well-equipped herb shop, plus my forty years of study and experimentation.

As a ‘botanic garden of useful plants’, one of our purposes is to introduce and promote new useful plants, for gardeners, growers, herbalists and chefs. Areas of special interest include wildfoods, medicinal herbs, (native and oriental), health-boosting (tonic, adaptogenic) plants and east-west parallels in botany and pharmacy.

Seeds and plants of most of the species discussed will be available for purchase; additionally participants will have the opportunity to purchase freshly dug, bare-root plants at a considerable saving.

Half-day workshops cost $50, all-day $100 (bring your own lunch). Some workshops will include valuable handouts.  For information on driving, lodging, and refunds, click here.

To Register for an event, please either call:  828-675-5664
or follow the link for each date to register online.


Workshop Details and Information

Pharmacy Workshops

Plant Emphasis Workshops







Learn to identify, propagate, cultivate, harvest and prepare medicinal herbs and other useful plants
Classes taught at Mountain Gardens, North Carolina’s premier demonstration garden of medicinal plants, with herb shop / pharmacy, extensive research library, seed collection & plant nursery, adjacent to Pisgah Nat’l Forest
Half day classes are 1:00 – 5:00 pm Cost: $50
All day workshops are 9:30 am – 5:00 pm Cost $100
Cost includes handouts, seed and plant distributions and samples of herbs and preparations as appropriate
Each session will include: a plant walk in the garden and/or adjacent National Forest, lecture/demonstration, hands-on practice, resources and bibliography for further study.

Tentative schedule for 2016:
April 17th Sunday ( ½ Day): Spring useful plants
April 29th – May 1st we will be selling plants at Asheville Herb Festival
May 7th Saturday ( ½ Day): Spring useful plants
May 8th Sunday ( ½ Day): Making a woodland garden of useful plants
May 15th Sunday: Pao zhi / Chinese herb processing
May 22nd Sunday: How to grow Chinese herbs
June 3rd Friday: Free Tours of our medicinal plants garden
June 4th – 6th we will be attending and selling plants at Medicines from the Earth Conference, Black Mtn, NC
June 11th Saturday ( ½ Day): Perennial vegetables
June 12th Sunday: Eclectic Pharmacy
June 19th Sunday: Using western herbs in Chinese Medicine
July 2nd Saturday ( ½ Day): How to grow wasabi
July 3rd Sunday: How to grow Chinese Herbs
July 24th Sunday: Pao zhi / Chinese herb processing
Aug 4th Thursday: Paradise Gardening Workshop in conjunction with Permaculture Gathering)
Aug 6th Saturday Afternoon: Free garden tour for Permaculture Gathering at Arthur Morgan School, Celo NC
Aug 14th Sunday: Making Chinese herbal preparations
Sept 11 Saturday (1/2 day) Seed saving
Oct 9th Sunday: (1/2 day) Tonic wines
Oct 16th Sunday: (1/2 day) Tonic foods / Bupin

To Register for an event, please either call:  828-675-5664
or follow the link for each date to register online.

  • Half-day: $50
  • Full-day: $100

At Mountain Gardens, we strive to create an inclusive and accessible learning environment for students of all socioeconomic backgrounds. Sliding scale, barter, and work trade options may be available upon request.