Morgan Botanicals specializes in herbal education for wellness, and food and medicine garden design. It’s proudly owned and operated by me, Jessica Morgan, Community Herbalist and Horticulture Therapist.
Plants wild-or-cultivated, are where I go to play, or to heal..... and I’m happiest when mingling with them. I was a high school Ag nerd and went on to be a college horticulturist and crop science graduate and landed a job as a botanical research biologist for the University of California Stanislaus- working to protect endangered CA native plant species, specifically: Beavertail cactus - (Opuntia basilaris) and Kern mallow - (Eremalche kernensis). I’ve been a practicing herbalist for over twenty years (self taught and mentored) completing my initial herbal certification under Michael and Lesley Tierra at the East West School of Herbology.
Currently I’m working towards my Horticulture Therapy B.S. at CSU with an emphasis in growing and using medicinal plants for health, and striving towards the completion of my first book. I'm also founder and owner of Morgan Botanicals School of Creative Herbalism, a Food and Medicine Garden Consultant, on the Board of Directors for the Loveland Youth Gardeners, a Certified Master Gardener and obsessed plant photographer. Four years ago I relocated to Colorado and have had the pleasure to study with local greats such as Paul Bergner of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism and Farida Sharan and Brigitte Mars at the School of Natural Medicine in Boulder, CO. I've also studied Herbal Energetics from Kiva Rose, Sacred Plant Wisdom from Darcey Blue, and Shamanic Herbalism with Julie Charette Nunn.
I recently facilitated the healing medicine garden at Journeys of Change Wellness Center and enjoy teaching about plant identification, gardening, and herbalism there. I'm also a volunteer School Garden Coordinator for Truscott Elementary School in Loveland, CO. I work with the school staff, students, parents and the community teaching the fundamentals of community gardening, medicinal plant education and horticultural therapy for health and well-being. I have just recently been voted onto the Board of Directors for The Loveland Youth Gardeners and will be helping with the development of the herb gardening program. I’m also working towards an outdoor garden therapy program for the community to help foster emotional and physical health through the cultivation and processing of medicinal plants.
I offer a year around Herbal CSA, medicine making workshops, an online eCourse and eBooks, a six month herbal apprenticeship program, plant walks and talks, theraputic garden design and garden and crop advice. I am available for garden consultation, specializing in both design and plant selection ideas and maintenance tips for pesticide free Food and Medicine Gardens- including private, front yard, or community based. I enjoy working side-by-side with clients and teaching about food and medicine concepts and permaculture theory, as well as helping perform some of the tasks such as layout and design, soil advise, companion planting techniques, and hands-on planting.
Look for my regular published herbal writings in The Essential Herbal Magazine, Edible Front Range Magazine, Natural Herbal Living Magazine and on the Morgan Botanicals Blog. I'm always looking to share a little herb know how!
Hugs to all,