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2024 Wild & Weedy: Plant ID & Nature Walks: Jun 8, Aug 17, Sep 14, Oct 12, Nov 9, 2024

Each month the plants change in our yards, gardens, and fields. This class is meant to help guide your excitement for learning about our native and non-native plants. 

River banks and forest floors come to life with the traditional healing powers of medicinal plants. Whether this is through edible plants, healing roots, or the flowers of plants, each month's walk reveals the plant magic.

The walk is a gentle stroll with only a few hills and will last for approximately 90 minutes as we meander through the gardens and forks of the North and South Thornton Rivers. 

After this class, you will have a better knowledge of:

  • Identifying common plants and their look-alikes
  • How to utilize these plants for wellness
  • Feel more confident in using these plants in daily cooking or herbal remedies
  • Ask questions about plants in your landscape 
  • Working ecosystems with all the plants and fungi friends

Find out how the "weeds" in our beautiful county and your yard can bring nourishment and healing through plant identifications and exploration of plant spirit and magical medicines. 

Cameras and field notebooks are encouraged.

The walk is weather, rain or shine.

If it's extreme weather, we will let you know by 6 am that day. 

Work trades are available for those who want to participate but are unable to due to financial concerns.

Please contact us at with any questions. All Wild & Weedy Walks start at the Community Garden near the apothecary at 4 River Lane, Sperryville, VA 22740.


About your Guide & Teacher

Colleen O’Bryant is a practicing herbalist, creative cook & forager, and owner of Wild Roots Apothecary in Sperryville, VA. Her goal is to help people deepen their connection to the plant world by experiencing the plants in their natural surroundings and opening the door to both traditional and transcending herbal experiences. When she’s not working, she enjoys jumping into all the cold rivers and ponds she can, hunting for mushrooms, exploring astrology and intuitive magic, learning fly fishing, and traveling to other places that have cool plants and magic.

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
T Powers
Lovely adventure outdoors

Learned many cool facts and the forage walk was a wonderful and enjoyable trek outdoor. :)

Karen Matthews
Haven't done it yet

We're doing the walk this coming Saturday - the 9th :)

Bonne Wilson
Wild wandering

The wild wandering hasn’t happened yet but I’m very much looking forward to it!

Kim Haney
Great Experience

This was my first time and I learned so much great information on the forage walk.

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