Aromagarten: Olfactory Hues

Aromagarten: Olfactory Hues

Aromagarten is prevalent in German bath towns or healing villages in two types of gardens.  The kurgarten (cure-garden) and the aromagarten (aromatic-garden) are gardens that are created with the intention to promote healing.  The aromagarten is typically a path with...
STAYING OUT LONGER

STAYING OUT LONGER

I have a childhood memory of losing a boot in a snowstorm. My brother and the neighborhood kids found my lost boot and helped me home. I remember the exhilarating feeling brought on by the cold wind and blowing snow, by the sense of family out there in the elements. I...
Willow (Salix spp.)

Willow (Salix spp.)

Willow is a challenging plant to taxonomically identify on the species level.  There is constant cross-breeding and nomenclature can be a challenge.  Most of the willow that we see in the high country is bushy in stature and usually nestled next to streams and bodies...
Gentian (genus Gentiana)

Gentian (genus Gentiana)

This short little flower has some vibrant blue and purple hues.  It does well at a high elevation (i.e. 10,500 feet) and is a well-known gastrointestinal tonic.  When I think of an old school tonic for the gut I think of gentian (GI tonic) and scutellaria (a...