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Medicinal Plant Seminars


Native people who inhabited the desert regions used the pharmacopeia which surrounded them.  Virtually every plant outside their door had a use of some sort.  During our unique Medicine Plants of the Desert seminar and/or hike, participants see, touch, smell and learn how to use the plants of our desert regions on which the native cultures depended.  Identification and preparation of herbal tinctures, ointments and poultices is exciting and useful.

The seminar can be usually interwoven with a moderate hike to find and identify all plants.  This is truly an exciting three or four hour experience with medicine plants of the Southwest. Shorter ninety minute seminars are also available.

For a sample of what might be covered in a seminar, read one or more of the articles written by Diane A. Vaszily and published in local newspapers.

Below is a list of the medicinal and edible plants that might be covered during our seminars. 

  The information on desert edibles are from seminars presented by Lynne Hoss

  The link is the cook books used in the Desert Harvest

  Desert food publications from Boyce Thompson Arboretum

  The medicinal plant information are from seminars presented by Diane A. Vaszily

The experience is offered at various times and locations throughout the Phoenix and Prescott areas. See the listing below for currently scheduled seminars.

If your organization would like to sponsor a seminar, please contact us at 480-488-5477


Saturday August 17, 2013

8:00 - 10:00 am


Desert Harvest Mesquite Crop

   Mesquite Harvest Crop

Desert Awareness Committee members will share with you the techniques for picking and preparing desert foods like Prickly Pear, Mesquite, Jojoba and Mormon Tea.

Bring your camp chair and join us!


                               Sponsored: The Desert Awareness Committee of FCF 

                                 Location:    Desert Awareness Park

                                                    Cave Creek Rd. & Vermeersch Rd.

                                                    Cave Creek, AZ


                                Cost:         $3 donation is appreciated




Saturday August 24, 2013

9:30 - 12:00 pm


                Prickly Pear Fruits                   


Prickly Pear Fruits


                  Harvest and preparation techniques for foods and medicines from the high desert.

Join us for this fun, hands-on experience

                                Sponsored: Highlands Center for Natural History 


                               Location:    Highlands Center for Natural History

                                                     1375 S. Walker Rd.

                                                      Prescott, AZ 86303


   Registration:  Contact the Highlands Center for Natural History @





Fees vary with sponsor, please call or e-mail for more information.


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