I love teaching! I have a diverse range of offerings that utilize my skills, but am happy to try to accommodate your group and your ...

Botany Services Near Asheville

I love teaching! I have a diverse range of offerings that utilize my skills, but am happy to try to accommodate your group and your ideas. Just ask! Prices vary and there are various tiers to suit your needs and budget. It's important to me to offer a fair price and good value. Just let me know what you're thinking and we'll design something to fit. Contact me for more information; I'd love to talk to you!

Apprentices Wanted!

OCTOBER 11th - NOVEMBER 15th, 2017

Fall Wild Apprenticeship Program

Time: Wednesdays, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Burnsville, N.C.  (Near Celo)
Cost: $180

The fall session runs on Wednesdays from October 11th through November 15th,  from 10:00AM - 3:00PM. We’ll meet in Burnsville, NC. Carpooling is encouraged. If you get others to register, you will each get $10 off!

"[The apprenticeship] has been one of the best and most rewarding experiences I have ever had. I have learned so much from Abby and plan to continue. I would highly recommend to anyone who has an opportunity to attend a class, workshop, or her WANDER School, to DO IT!" - Lisa S.

Activities & education for fall session include:

Herb gardening 
Foraging/wildcrafting, along with harvesting & processing tips & tricks
Cooking with wild foods & tonic herbs
Herbal remedy formulation 
Apothecary organization

Tentative Schedule (subject to change)

Because the activities will be different each week, following the availability of the seasons, days cannot be made up or exchanged during other sessions. 

Your responsibilities:

  • A strong commitment to the apprenticeship. This means:
    • Showing up every day
    • Being on time
    • Being an engaged and active participant
  • An energy exchange:
    • Most herb schools are at least a few thousand dollars, so you will be receiving an education far exceeding that price for much much less.
    • Fun and hard work. You will get half an hour for lunch and a couple other short breaks. Bring your own lunch and snack. There will be plenty of spring water and herbal tea that we can make.
    • Lots of outdoor time. That means being prepared with good sturdy footwear for rough terrain, long pants for walking through possible brambles, and clothing for a variety of weather (cold, hot, wet). Layers are good.

You can expect:
  • Education on a wide array of topics, including, but not limited to:
    • Sustainable Wildcrafting/Foraging
    • Botany
    • Herbal Medicine Making
    • Wild Foods Preparation and Preservation
    • Apothecary Creation and Maintenance
    • Botanical and Herbal Research
    • Maintaining your health with herbs
    • Creating and cultivating an herbal garden

What we should be able to expect from each other:

  • Open and honest communication of feelings and needs.

Thanks so much for your interest! I’m looking forward to learning and growing together.


Botanical Property Survey

Want to know more about what's growing on your land? Want to find out what you can safely eat or work with as an herb? I offer botanical property surveys just for you. You'll get to come out with me for a botanical walkabout of your property.
The walk takes at least a couple of hours, and you will get to ask burning questions you've been dying to have answered. Afterward, I will provide you with a spreadsheet of the edible, medicinal, and poisonous plants on your land. The price is $150 for the first two hours and the spreadsheet (+ transportation fees), and $50 for each additional hour. If you have a large property, want something more detailed, or are interested in learning what is growing through each seasonal change, we can discuss how to make that happen. Invite your friends, family, or neighbors, and make it a party! Email me now for more info, and to schedule. 

Edible & Medicinal Plant Walk

My favorite thing is to take groups of people out in the woods and teach about the plants growing all around us, usually right outside our back doors. I offer frequent public group walks around the region. For more information on those, check the events page. If you'd like to bring together your own group for a private walk, it can be held in the local (currently either the greater Asheville (NC) or greater Cincinnati (OH) area, though I do travel by request) park of your choice or I can offer some suggestions. This is great for school or scout groups, foodie groups, wilderness survivalists or outdoor adventurers, you name it!

Botany or Herbalism Classes 

I teach a range of topics or can design something around your interests. This can be in your home or I can make a space available for you that fits your needs. This includes presentations for school or community groups, too. I'll help you identify native, edible, and/or medicinal plants in your own backyard or your organization's property. I can also help you design your garden or plant map to include these plants. Check out my existing class schedule at http://www.wildartemisia.com/p/events.html

Gift Certificates Now Available!

Gift certificates can be used for just about anything I offer, including Botanical Property Surveys, workshops, the Wild Apprenticeship Program, plant walks, or herbal products. They're a great way to treat someone you love or say thanks! Just get in touch to let me know the details.