Gardening is a large part of my work and actually takes most of my time these days. I have been working as a gardener in the botanical garden at https://bartramsgarden.org/ since 2005 as well as participated and organized various community gardens and vacant lot gardens around West Philly since the mid 90’s. I have a special interest in cultivating rare plants from Eastern North America, and studying their habitats, communities, and ethnobotanical associations. More recently, I have become increasingly interested in food crops, their histories and I am learning to maintain crop seed.
For over 20 years, I have studied botanical medicine independently. Since 2016, I have been sharing what I’ve learned about growing and using herbs in an 8 month intensive class I teach with clinical herbalist Kelly McCarthy.
https://www.instagram.com/p/B0ckWpIgYul/ —-photos by Owen Taylor
https://www.instagram.com/p/B0wf3HJDCLo/ photos by Kelly McCarthy
I am available to teach workshops on a range of subjects including ; container water gardening, container herb gardens, a crash course in seeing relationships in the landscapes , edible weeds, inks and dyes in the landscape, tree medicine, starting seeds, saving seeds, gardening for pollinators, planting a moon garden, and more.
Contact ranmapushkin at yahoo dot com for booking.