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 Horticulturist.
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 since 1992 and was self taught and mentored, completing my first three year herbal certification under Michael and Lesley Tierra at the East West School of Herbology in 2006.
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, 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 studiedHerbal Energetics from Kiva Rose, Sacred Plant Wisdom from Darcey Blue, and Shamanic Herbalism with Julie Charette Nunn.
I currently serve on the Board of Directors for The Loveland Youth Gardeners and am chair of committee for LYG at The Farmstead. I am helping with the development of the new produce and herb garden layout as well as herb gardening programs for at-risk youth gardeners. 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 recently facilitated a healing medicine garden at Journeys of Change and enjoy teaching about plant identification, gardening, and herbalism there. I'm also excited to announce that I'll be teaching at The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins this winter. You can also find me at Truscott Elementary School in Loveland, CO where I work as a volunteer School Garden Coordinator 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. And keep an eye out as I am currently concreting a new teaching facility as well!
I offer a seasonal Herbal CSA, medicine making workshops, an online eCourse and eBooks, a six month herbal apprenticeship program, plant walks and talks, Horticulture Therapy sessions, theraputic garden design and garden and crop advice. I am available for garden consultations, 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,