Every time I walk or cycle past Sarphatipark, edible and medicinal plants seem to leap out at me, through the iron fence! So, as I continue to build material for my project and book, I think its time I ran an Urban Herb Walk there. I’d like to see just how many urban edibles and medicinals, can be found in 90 minutes.
Sarphatipark Urban Herb Walk
Tuesday 31st July
1230 – 1400
€8 per person
Max 12 Walkers.
Please contact me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’d like to join this walk. The price includes a handout, to help you learn more about some of the herbs we are likely to find.
You may like to forage a snack or herb tea, on the way around.
– Bring a small flask of hot water, if you fancy making an urban herbal brew whilst we walk.
– Bring a small bottle of cold water, to wash any herbs that you may want to eat directly
We will meet at the main entrance of the park, the one near the children’s play area and the small building beside the plant swap centre.
The walk will go ahead, come rain or shine!
Here are some of today’s urban herb walkers, taking time for a freshly brewed herbal cuppa as we ended our walk, in Frankendael’s hidden herb garden.
All times of year offer special delights when herb walking but I think most would agree that mid July is a particularly interesting time. There are still plenty of flowers around, plenty of rich foliage and also plenty of seeds forming on plants. This is not the time for smart spring freshness, it’s the time for herbs that are so big they spill over paths and mix right in amongst each other. This is a time of hedonistic herbal plenty.
We looked at too many herbs to mention here (most are on the walk handout) but a few, which I want to give links to, are as follows:
Birthwort (very poisonous) (Aristolochia clematis). See day 83 for a few details.
Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca), my thrice daily tincture tipple, for combatting stress and far more.
Hedge Woundwort (Stachys sylvatica) which we found smelling interesting amongst a patch of another edible wound herb called Enchanter’s nightshade (Circaea lutiana)
Meadowsweet (Filpendula ulmaria), Please see day 14 for details.
Thank you again, to everyone who joined me for today’s walk. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting you and I hope that your herbal adventures are filled with fun, health and good flavours!
For forthcoming herb walks and gatherings, please see my Events page.
Walk with me along Central Amsterdam canals and the Amstel. Find and learn about how to identify, harvest and safetly use many common plants, for food and simple remedies.
Inner cities are often thought of as fairly plant-barren areas but in fact they often have a richer variety of plants than many countryside areas. Amsterdam centrum certainly has lots of foragable plants and I’d like to show you some of them.
We’ll begin on the Magere Brug and walk along, seeing what we can find, probably towards Plantage Middenlaan and de Hortus Botanicus area.
You can bring your bike along with you but I think that walking along will be simpler and you’ll have a greater chance to touch and photograph the plants.
By learning about the plants during this walk, you’ll build your knowledge of the edibles which may grow near your home. I don’t expect you’ll usually want to harvest and eat herbs from busy streets but you will learn how to find them in clean locations and how to welcome them, when they find their way into your balcony and front door planters.
Booking is essential, if you would like to join me. Please contact me directly via email@example.com or via the meetup group.
Cost – €8 per person.
Maximum 12 walkers
Start location – Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge, over Amstel, by Kerkstraat).
Timing: 13:00 – 15:00
Maybe it will be hot, maybe not but whatever the weather there will be lots of herbs around in Amsterdam, on July 15th. To help more people appreciate some of the edible, medicinal and interesting herbs, growing within the city, I’m offering another Urban Herbology Walk, on Sunday 15th July 2012, from the main gates of Frankendael Park.
The walk will start at 11am and every one interested in finding out about wild herbs, which can be found in central Amsterdam, is welcome to subscribe.
My previous walks have been great fun to organise and very well received. We will take a relaxed look at the bounty of summer herbs to be found in and around the park. The walk will last about 90 minutes and will probably end at the lovely cafe/restaurant Merkelbach, situated just inside the main entrance of the park.
Cost per participant will be €8. Maximum 12 places. Previous walks have been oversubscribed so if you wish to join me you must contact me beforehand. Please email Lynn.Shore@gmail.com or call me on 0627 596930.
During the walk you will…
Receive a useful handout, to refer to after the walk
Learn how to find and identify some safe, useful, local herbs,
Learn how to harvest with respect for the environment,
Learn how to use herbs safely in several different ways,
Receive some tasty Urban Herbal recipes.
And of course you will get the chance to meet other folk who like to know a little more about what’s growing beneath and above them! If it sounds interesting to you then please contact me.
I really hope to meet you on 15th July!
Because there’s a waiting list, for the Monday 21st May walk, I would also like to offer an extra UrbanHerb Walk the weekend after:
Sunday 27th May 2012,
Amstel to Frankendael Herb Walk,
11.00 – 12. 30,
€8 per person,
Includes comprehensive handout,
You will learn about local wild herbs, along the route from Amstel Station to (and within) Park Frankendael.
You will learn:
How to identify local culinary and medicinal herbs,
How some people use them,
Related herbal folklore and
How to harvest & use them with safety and the environment in mind.
The walk will take about 90 minutes and will go ahead come rain or shine. We will look at herbs growing alongside roads, buildings, in woodland, hedgerows and parkland.
The date I have chosen is also Puur Maarkt in Frankendael, so you will be able to check out the cheap herb stall, local & organic produce and perhaps Restaurant De Kas or Restaurant Merkelbach, after the walk if you like.
Please contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like to book a place or would like further information.