|About Jessica Morgan|
Morgan Botanicals is a small handmade company owned and operated by Jessica Morgan; Community Herbalist and Environmental Horticulture and Crop Science Graduate.
I grew up a naturalist, clinging to the arm of my momma and her picnic baskets and canteens of soup and spent many weekends under the pines and vacations in the forests and the deserts, in tents, in canoes, wading rivers, tip tops of mountains, in caves, fishing, gardening, all of it. She paved my love for life and the outdoors probably without even knowing it. I've always had a close relationship with the plants, like building little fairy houses or big ol bonfires, and whistling with grass blades or pelting someone with acorns and rolling down grassy hills or napping under old oaks.... the peace, the fresh air, the quiet, the play, the smells and the simplicity of it all is so healing and over the years I've grown quite attached. Whether it be wild or cultivated, to this day, this is where I go to play or to heal mentally during trying times. I'm continuing to learn that health as a whole is a blend of emotional health, dietary approaches, balance, spirituality and knowing that the body has the ability to heal itself, if we allow it too. I'm a lover of life and I'm all about happiness, and I'm happiest when I'm mingling with the plants.
I've spent the last ten years really playing with the plants and pursuing my somewhat formal education. I'm currently an herbalist, horticulturist and crop science graduate; a certified CA master gardener and junior master gardener teacher, and an obsessed plant photographer, avid forager and wild foodie. I've taken aromatherapy classes, herbal correspondence courses, a few herbal courses from some of my herbal colleagues, canning and food classes and get in on any and all herbal webinars I can. Before creating Morgan Botanicals I was 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 have been a practicing herbalist for over twenty years (self taught and mentored) but have completed a three year course of herbal study under Michael Tierra at the East West School of Herbology. My continuing education includes all aspects of the science and art of Herbalism including Traditional Chinese Medicine, Native American Medicine, Ayurveda, Vitalism and Botany as well as some Clinical Nutrition and Aromatherapy. I have recently relocated from California to Colorado and have finishd a course at the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism. But during my Colorado roaming I somehow (lucky as can be) crossed paths and have been truly inspired by the beautiful Farida Sharan of the School of Natural Medicine and am now studying healing diets and herbalism with her. I am also continuing my herbal studies with Heidi Jarvis at SNM and Brigitte Mars in Boulder CO. My lifelong passion for herbology, holistic nutrition, and gardening have led me to develop Morgan Botanicals where I can share not only my knowledge of plants, but also to help people reconnect with the healing powers of the plant kingdom.
Today you're most likely to find me roaming the wilderness oohing and awing and botinizing, gardening, wildcrafting, twig collecting, tree climbing, plant pressing, plant tickling, snail gazing, brewing and photographing; teaching in my food and medicine garden surrounded by children or crafting herbals in my herb shop.I offer a year around Herbal CSA, medicine making workshops, herbal mentoring, children's classes, plant walks, wellness consultations, custom blends and garden and crop advice. I am currently involved as a volunteer on a small Loveland Community Garden Project and working with some amazing people on the design and construction of a local community garden. I am available for garden coaching, specializing in both design and plant selection ideas and maintenance tips for pesticide free Food and Medicine Gardens- including private, front yard, community based as well as school gardens. 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.
I live in the beautiful Loveland, CO area with my adventurous, spaceship building, twig and rock collecting worker bee husband and our four children, three of which were born at home accompanied by our midwife. We are in the process of finding our dream home on a farm where we can grow food and medicine in abundance in a sexy permaculture, companion planted, hand-worked fashion, with a warm little greenhouse and a nursery, a place for the herb shop with a roof top garden and a classroom....and maybe even a home for the bumblers!
Hugs to all,