Harvest and make  medicine from local and organically grown Calendula flowers at the Apothecary’s Garden this Sunday Calendula is likely one of the best  known, easiest to grow and use medicinal herbs in the Western world. With a strong affinity for healing the skin, Calendula is used fresh or dry, in an infusion, oil or salve. It quickly soothes […]

Established as a healing haven for children at risk, children who’s lives have been derailed or darkened by trauma, violence and conflict, Under the Willows performs a profound service and function that finds no comparable reflection anywhere else in our community. Modeled after the Butterfly Garden in Sri Lanka, a healing program for war orphaned children, and inspired by the Spiral Garden in Toronto, Under the Willows, quietly performs its service each summer mostly unheard of and unknown by the public.

Wild Ginger 2012 harvest. Dried

Winter Wow, Spicing up the season with Wild Ginger, Asarum Canadense   Wild Ginger, or, Asarum Canadense, is a wild growing forest herb native to eastern north America from Quebec and Nova Scotia, down to Georgia and Tennessee. As a culinary spice, Wild Ginger has a bold distinct character, both in its fragrance and flavour. Though it […]

Wild Mushroom Hunt Gorgeous Fall colours Dundas escarpment

That predictable seasonal shift from garden and woods, to study and laboratory progresses like clockwork. A lot has been going on in the study/lab the past few weeks.   Planting, growing, harvesting and hunting lead to new materials for extractions, tinctures and distillations indoors. Frankincense extracts and Anti-aging creme, Reishi mushroom tincture and extract, a Stinkhorn Perfume […]

To Blewits and Beyond, the last Wild Mushroom Hunt   What a pleasant surprise!! Last Saturday’s Wild mushroom hunt was a wonderful success with a great turn out, including visitors from Delhi, Selkirk, and Hamilton! Though this time around we didn’t find many edible mushrooms, we did find  medicinals and some perfect specimens. Both the […]

Eldeberry Wine-Perfectly ripe Elderberries-Apothecary's Garden 2013

Homemade Elderberry Wine is, without a doubt, the most refined, distinguished and classic wildcrafted wine I have ever made. I would love to show you how it is done. Now is the time. The Elderberries are starting to ripen and are perfect for making Elderberry wine, Elderberry syrup, Elderberry jam and jelly, or Elderberry pies. […]

For Lisa   Well folks it is official, this is the year of the bountiful cornucopia, the horn of plenty in Southern Ontario. The year of abundance that every wildcrafter, harvester in the wild, dreams about. With all the rain and sun and rain and sun and rain and sun and warmth and rain (and […]

Amanita Muscaria Pine woods

 Wild Mushroom Hunt- a Father Son Moment I have been a single father, for, well feels like, Forever. In reality only for this last incarnation the past 2 decades. There was one incarnation where I was a sculptor, then I did an incarnation as a craftsman, then, when I was in my early 40’s, I became a father. […]