Jessica Morgan is a Herbalist and Horticultural Therapist specializing in herbal education for wellness, horticultural therapy and therapeutic garden design.
She’s been a practicing self-taught herbalist since 1992, completing her first 3-year herbal certification at the East West School of Herbology under Dr. Michael Tierra, O.M.D and clinical herbalist/acupuncturist Lesley Tierra, L.Ac., AHG in 2006. Also during this time, she completed her Master Gardener certification, her A.S. in Environmental Horticulture and Crop Science, and worked as a botanical research biologist for the University of California Stanislaus to protect endangered California native plant species. Five years ago, she relocated to Colorado and has studied clinical herbalism at the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism in Boulder CO and healing diets at the School of Natural Medicine UK.
Jessica has spent the last decade facilitating school gardens, public gardens and wellness facility gardens; teaching jr master gardener, offering classes on herbalism and medicinal horticulture through parks and rec, and providing social horticulture throughout the community.
Jessica has a B.S. in Environmental Horticulure and Horticultural Therapy from Colorado State University and a certificate from the Horticultural Therapy Institute in Denver CO. Her continuing education and personal interests focus on strategic classes that include rehabilitation gardens, criminology, traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, indigenous western herbalism, medicinal horticulture, urban farming, permaculture and providing wellness through healing dietary practices and horticultural therapy.
She is presently pursuing her interests in prison gardens, post release recidivism, drug rehabilitation and working with sexual assault victims using the garden as a therapeutic place; and is the horticultural therapist intern at Larimer County Community Corrections in Fort Collins and working with at-risk youth on probation with the Loveland Youth Gardeners. With her HT training, she wants to provide horticultural therapy and prevocational horticulture skills, and serve as an integral link to the healing of this underserved population. Jessica also enjoys giving talks on Therapeutic Gardening with Youth on Probation and the Benefits of Gardens in Correctional Facilities.
Jessica is founder and owner of Morgan Botanicals and the School of Creative Herbalism in Loveland, CO offering classes, workshops, eBooks, garden design and consultations, herbal apprenticeship and therapeutic horticulture sessions.
Look for her regular published writings in The Essential Herbal Magazine, Edible Front Range Magazine, Natural Herbal Living Magazine, MorganBotanicals.com Blog and Healing Herbs: A Beginner's Guide to Identifying, Foraging, and Using Medicinal Plants. And, she’s always looking to share a little herb know–how!