Events 2017

Look who’s talking at Richters!

Join us for our FREE seminars at Richters. For directions and map, click here.
Watch last year’s presentations here!

FEB 4 ABSINTHE, GIN & COCKTAIL BITTERS

With Jamie Stamm, founder and creative spirit, Grand Spirits Distillery

Explore the world of spirits and the amazing herbal ingredients that make them possible. Find out how gins are made. Learn about absinthe and the seductive properties of wormwood. Jamie Stamm will show you how garnishes and bitters crafted from herbs make magic. 2-3pm

FEB 11 COPING WITH PESTS: SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR DOG

With Taylor Summers-Kenney, R & D associate at LifeFORCE Pet Health

Fleas, blackflies, mosquitoes and ticks are as bad for our pets as they are for us. Join Taylor as she discusses the diseases carried by each insect, the symptoms to look out for, and how likely you and your pet are at risk. Learn how natural oils and herbs can repel or eliminate the dangers. 2-3pm

FEB 25 MEDICINAL TEAS FOR HEALTH

With Correne Omland, herbalist and founder of Spiraea Herbs

Medicinal teas can be used for chronic and acute conditions such as digestive upset, immune deficiency, anxiety, stress, insomnia and respiratory conditions, just to name a few. Correne will show how to blend teas for you and your family with locally sourced herbs. 2-3pm

MAR 4 STEAMS, BATHS AND KITCHEN REMEDIES

With Diane Tait, herbalist and founder of Greenwood Botanicals

Learn to make powerful herbal remedies using common herbs and basic kitchen ingredients to treat stomach upset, colds, the flu and more. Learn how to make steams, infusions for the bath and comforting poultices for congested lungs. 2-3pm

MAR 18 THE FAVE 15 CULINARY MEDICINAL AND AROMATIC HERBS

With Daisy Moore, agriculturalist, writer and consultant, University of Guelph

Hedges of parsley, lavender borders, and mounds of coriander and dill are just a few ways herbs can add character to gardens. Professional gardener Daisy Moore will show how her favourite culinary, medicinal and aromatic herbs can be every bit as ornamental as they are useful. 2-3pm

MAR 25 HERBS AND CANCER

With John Redden, medical herbalist and founder of Viriditas Herbal Products

A diagnosis of cancer need not cause panic or despair. According to herbalist John Redden cancer is a treatable metabolic disease. He uses herbs, mushrooms and foods as therapeutic adjuncts or even as the main treatment for cancer. Whether you use orthodox or natural medicine, or both, herbs can help in very meaningful ways. 2-3pm

APR 8 TIME TO START YOUR HERB GARDEN

With Koidu Sulev, Richters Herbs

A herb garden isn’t created with military precision but with an overall plan. Making changes or additions to the herb garden is very much part of the gardening wheel of life. Whether your garden will be big or small you need to start with a plan, our herb expert Koidu Sulev will get you started. 2-3pm

APR 15 CREATING SANCTUARY

With Diane Tait, herbalist and founder of Greenwood Botanicals

A sanctuary is a place where people and other creatures can co-exist, protected and cared for — and it is a place to reclaim our connection to the rhythms of the earth. Herbalist Diane Tait will show how to create sanctuaries in wild spaces, backyard gardens and abandoned urban wastelands. 2-3pm

APR 22 TRIALS, TRIBULATIONS AND TRIUMPHS OF A TEENAGE TOMATO GARDENER

With Emma Biggs, gardener and co-author of Grow Gardeners

Emma Biggs is a 12-year-old who knows a lot about growing tomatoes in a small space She’ll talk about how to fit lots of tomatoes into a small space, how to prune and train them, and how to save seeds. Emma has grown over 100 varieties, and will share some of her favourite tips. 2-3pm

Herb Day April 29, 2018 Hops Herb of the Year
Celebrate Herb Day with an afternoon in praise of hops, the Herb of the Year for 2018.

APR 29 HOPS IS NOT JUST FOR BEER!

With Doug Warren, brewmaster, Second Wedge Brewery

Hops is the 2018 Herb of the Year — and it’s not just because of the beer! Brewmaster Doug Warren has been using this bitter, aromatic herb for three decades. He will discuss the history, cultivation, varieties and varied uses of this noble flower. 2-3pm

SEP 9 FABULOUS FALL TONIC ELIXIRS

With Pat Crocker, author, teacher and photographe

Pat Crocker, author of 18 cookbooks, will describe a two-step approach to health by cleansing and toning the body using herbs that increase energy, boost immunity, enhance memory, ease digestion, and promote wellness. Pat will discuss 6 tonic herbs you can grow, and how to make and use teas, tinctures, and syrups for elixirs. 2-3pm

SEP 16 USE AND SAVOUR YOUR HERBAL BOUNTY

With Koidu Sulev, Richters Herbs

As autumn nears it is time to harvest and preserve your culinary and medicinal herbs. Richters herb expert Koidu Sulev will explain which herbs are best suited for drying and for freezing, and how to handle and store them properly. You will also learn how easy it is to make your own oils and vinegars and herb blends. 2-3pm

SEP 23 HELPING THE BEES IN AUTUMN

With Karen McKenna, beekeeper, apitherapist and environmentalist

We can help our native bees by planting herbs this autumn that will provide pollen and nectar all next season. Beekeeper and educator Karen McKenna will discuss the best hardy herbs to plant for bees and other pollinators. She will also discuss how to make honey infusions for taste and health, including lavender-infused honey. 2-3pm

SEP 30 HERBS FOR BRAIN HEALTH, COGNITION AND MEMORY

With Monika Ghent, western traditional herbalist and plant spirit medicine healer.

A decline in memory and cognitive function need NOT be inevitable. There are many indigenous or common herbs that you can grow that can boost brain health. Monika Ghent will introduce you to these brain-supporting herbs, their properties and how to use them. 2-3pm

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