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Summer Blooms and Small Tree Medicines

June 7, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Eco-A again offers, in partnership with Susan Edwards, a seasonal series of walks featuring the special qualities of some of our common plants. Susan will introduce us to the edible and medicinal qualities of easily found trees and “weeds” – some you may be surprised to find growing along a sidewalk, a fence or in your own backyard.

Note: Due to Covid 19 precautions, we are limiting walks to 10 people and practicing social distancing protocols. 

Many of our common shrubs and trees have been working hand in hand with humans for a long time.  The stories of Elder and Rose are infused in historic writings, traditions, art, and our legends too. Come walk among the flowers of treasured shrubs and small trees while learning to make some potent remedies for your health. Susan shares long-standing and more recent lore on flora such as Dogwood, Mimosa and Cherry, in addition, Elder and Rose.

Cost: $25 – Limit 15  –  to register (RSVP) click HERE – details and directions sent to registered participants. 

A donation of $15 or more helps support our programs.


Join us for other Eco-A outings with Susan Edwards in 2020:

April 5 Spring Greens 1-4 pm

Sept 12 Wisdom and Medicine from the Vines 10 am-4 pm

Nov 1 Magnificent Mast: Oak, Hickory, Walnut & Beech 1-4 pm

More about Susan Edwards: Susan is a Naturalist Educator and lives in Stone Mountain Village, GA with her musician husband Dan and their two young children.  She has degrees in both Natural Sciences and Education from the University of Georgia Athens. A B.S.A. in Entomology, B.S. in Ecology, and a Master’s of Education in Environmental Education. She has worked as a Naturalist Educator in numerous settings from Audubon in Mississippi, Nature Centers in Athens GA, Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta, public schools in and around Atlanta, and at Reggio Emilia inspired preschools. She even started one of her own.

Susan has been interested in plants and their myriad of uses since growing up exploring the Great Plains ecosystems in Oklahoma as a young girl, where her classroom was nature. Playing in the meadow edge and creeks, she was “always mixing various plants with the water and mud and making various concoctions.” After moving to Georgia while still in school, she was able to immerse herself in the eastern Piedmont region and explore the wilds of the Southeast U.S. In high school, she had the opportunity to learn from naturalists in several fields at Fernbank Science Center. In college, she expanded her knowledge base, and through a period of 10yrs of international travel experience furthered her study of medicinal plants all over the world. She says:  “It was always out there, the voice on the edge of my work and experiences, always calling to me in a consistent yet whispering way. And finally, as an adult I’ve been fortunate enough to truly be able to dive even deeper into the traditional knowings of plants, the healing world of them and beyond. That has felt like my calling all along.”

Susan continues to learn from regional herbalists in Georgia and the Southeast, gathering new knowledge and experiences with plant uses and the natural world and our deep connection to it. She is teaching at some regional herb conferences this year such as the Midsouth Women’s Herb Conference at Lookout Mountain. “It’s a passion and a life long journey for me — I love sharing it with others so much.” Most recently Susan and Dan started their own program called Sound of Nature School,, which offers hands-on homeschool classes in areas such as Nature Exploration, Herbs & Body Systems, History of the 20th century through Art & Music, as well as Music studio classes in their home studio, creative writing and even interactive physics classes. She is thrilled to work with Eco-A again this year and loves learning together with the broader community on engaging walks “that help connect us all to the nature that is within us and all around us.”


June 7, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm