Jessica Morgan is a Herbalist and Horticultural Therapist specializing in education for wellness, horticultural therapy, and therapeutic garden design. She is the Executive Director at Loveland Youth Gardeners in Loveland Colorado, and teaches foundational herbalism and horticulture classes throughout the community.
She’s been a practicing self-taught herbalist since 1992, completing her first 3-year herbal certification in Traditional Chinese Medicine 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. In 2012 she completed a certificate in clinical herbalism at the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism in Boulder CO and went on to study Healing Diets and Nutrition 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, working in her herb shop and clinic, providing social horticulture throughout the community and speaking at conferences around the country.
Jessica has a B.S. in Horticulture with a minor in Horticultural Therapy from Colorado State University and a certificate from the Horticultural Therapy Institute in Denver CO. She is currently completing her Masters of Science in Nonprofit Administration at LSU. Her continuing education and personal interests also focus on strategic classes that include community gardens, medicinal horticulture, urban farming, permaculture, indigenous western herbalism, and providing wellness through healing dietary practices and horticultural therapy.
She's spent the last decade working closely in the field of health advocacy and lifestyle prevention as well as supporting those who have experienced trauma and in need of crises intervention, and has worked as a healing diets chef and horticultural therapist in a holistic drug and alcohol rehab and in community corrections. Furthermore, she has spent the last five years developing herself as a leader and advocate for diversity and social justice while working in the garden with at-risk youth, incarcerated individuals and within addictions and recovery.
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 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. She’s always looking to share a little herb know–how!