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Garden-Grown Stove-Top Hydrosols and Hand Salves

  • Gathering Thyme 1447 Fourth Street San Rafael, CA 94901 (map)

Sun, June 14 from 10-2pm

It’s time to enjoy the fruits of your labor!  This class will teach you how to make a fragrant stovetop hydrosol (floral distillate) as well as a healing gardener’s hand salve utilizing plants right from your garden.  During the hot summer months it’s so refreshing to spray a lemon verbena or mint hydrosol all over your face after working outside in the garden.  Hydrosols not only smell amazing, but they have healing properties as well, and are used in many different ways.  And, your tired hands could use some love with a healing salve made with plants grown in your garden and infused into oils.  We will demo and learn how to make both of these items, which everyone will also get to take home!

A materials fee (TBD) will be collected in class.

Jaime Pawelek is a native bee biologist and gardener in Richmond, CA.  She has been studying native bees since 2005 and loves teaching people about bees, as well as designing gardens for bees and other pollinators.  She currently works as a bee taxonomist (identifying bees to species) at UC Berkeley, where she got her B.S. in Conservation and Resources Studies.  Jaime spent several years traveling all over California (and Costa Rica!) studying the relationships between bees and their favorite flowers.  She has given educational talks to Master Gardeners, Native Plant Society Chapters, Beekeeper Associations, garden clubs, and schools and she loves sharing her passion for pollinators.

Jaime began taking classes at Gathering Thyme in the summer of 2016 and started caring for one of the herbal gardens as part of her studies.  Growing her own medicine has helped her expand her botanical knowledge and has given her a new love of plants for their nourishment and healing properties.  Jaime has been gardening professionally for several years and specializes in growing organic food, cut flowers, herbs, fruit, pollinator plants, native plants and now medicinal herbs!  She has been amazed to learn that most of her favorite bee-plants are also valuable medicinal plants, like California poppy, gumplant, and calendula.  

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