Medicinal Plant Walk – Bluefield Ranch Mitigation Bank

Ok! This is what you all have been waiting for! Medicinal Plant Walk ON my family’s private 2,700 acre property in western Saint Lucie County!


Saturday (January 28th) we will meet at “Bluefield Ranch Preserve” located at 30501 Bluefield Rd, Fort Pierce, FL 34987 in the South parking lot at 8 am. From there we will load into a few vehicles and spend the morning exploring multiple ecosystems on Bluefield Ranch Mitigation Bank – my family’s private property bordering the preserve. Everyone will get a chance to see the Florida native plants that make up euFLoria healing products growing in their native habitat AND harvest some to take home! We will explore the historic (and haunted) Fort Van Swearingen, see tons of wildlife, enjoy a cheese and apple mid-morning trailside snack, learn plant identification techniques, review trailside first aid, and end our wild-harvesting morning at the cabin where we will eat lunch and cook s’mores over the campfire. After lunch we will make our way back to Bluefield Ranch Preserve for drop off at the cars.

Bring: Water, camera, a Ziploc bag for harvesting, pen + paper for notes, plant identifying book (if you have one), and if you have special dietary needs please bring your own lunch.
Wear: Long pants, comfortable walking shoes or boots, bug spray, sunblock.

I will provide: cheese + apple snack, all items for lunch (Publix turkey + cheese sub ring, potato chips, fruit, s’more items for campfire), toilet paper. I will have a first aid kit and bug spray on hand.

“Kids Day on Bluefield Ranch” will be on a separate day loaded with kid friendly activities.

The ONLY bathroom on the ranch is at the cabin – which we won’t be at until noon, therefore, be prepared to go in the woods until then!!!


Family Cold + Flu + Respiratory Care

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Sunday, November 20th


$20/person (pay at Scented Dragon).  Children welcome and free

Medicinal Plant Walk :: Halpatiokee Regional Park

Yay!  Plant walk time again!  Halpatiokee Regional Park is such an awesome park with a diverse botanical selection for us to find medicinal plants!  $10/person, children welcome and free of charge.  There is no harvesting in parks, but bring a camera, pen + paper, and bottle of water.

Halpatiokee Regional Park  8303 SW Lost River Rd, Stuart, FL 34997-7202

Saturday November 19th


$10/person (pay when you get there, CC accepted)

Plant Walk- Riverbed Park

Last plant walk until cooler weather :: dont miss out!!! Rain or shine, Ill be there:) $10/person, bring a bottle of water, notepad, and a camera! Children and pets are welcome. This large park is home to a vast array of Florida natives, including medicinals! Now we are in the full swing of Spring, we will be coming across mutiple medicinal species!

Plant Walk:: Spruce Bluff Preserve

Come join me SUNDAY in sacred Spruce Bluff Preserve in Port St Lucie, Florida. This location is the location of both a Indian burrial mound AND a pioneer cemetary. It sits on the St. Lucie River and contains varioius ecosystems full of medicinal plants! The endemic (only growing in Florida) Sky Blue Lupine (^pic above!) is blooming ON TOP of the Indian burrial ground right now, with an Ospray and her nest guarding overhead…. it is truly a spiritual experience! $10/person, children are welcome (I don’t know the rules about pets at this park, but I don’t mind!!) Bring a camera, bottle of water, and notepad!


Medicinal Plant Walk

Come down February 7th at 9am to walk through one of our gorgeous preserves and discover the medicinal plants growing around us!  $10/person, children free.  Bring your camera, notebook, and a bottle of water.  Meet at trail head at Maggy’s Hammock Park (formerly Rocky Point Hammock Park) 3854 SE Kubin Ave Port Salerno Florida

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The Willow’s Smile

About once a week I travel the 40 minutes out to where my family’s ranch is located, to harvest medicinal native plants. I had been looking forward to this trip because it had been a few weeks since I had last felt its solstice due to the holidays. I had a late start to the morning, and arrived out there right before noon.

There was some paperwork that had to get done before I could walk among the plants (yes….I do have to work out there, too). I sat with my father at an old moldy picnic table on our cabin porch, downwind to the comforting smell of his cigar. As he reviewed the inventory of 4 native plant companies, we talked about plants. Simultaneously, I scrolled through tens of thousands of pictures he had on his computer of the ranch. Some dated back to when we first got it. The bittersweet pictures of us young kids with shovels in our hands were interspersed throughout the years. I was compiling a folder of “the best” ranch pictures that I was going to save and possibly use on my website. Watching the years go by on iPhoto, I saw my son re-born and re-grow up on the ranch, driving the tractor on my brother’s lap before he could walk and fixing the road before he was mature enough to understand why it needed to be fixed. Amongst the nostalgia, I found what I was looking for; some of the best medicinal plant photographs out there, quality comparing to reference books. Scrolling down through one of the many controlled burns we have on the ranch, I almost missed the blood red pedals of the native medicinal Cardinal Flower. I stopped, enlarged it, and engaged my father in some more “medicinal plant talk”. I mentally noted where he vaguely remembered the photos being taken, and saved the ones I was looking for to later be transferred to my computer. Continue reading The Willow’s Smile