Reading the Weeds

25feb1:00 pm4:30 pmReading the WeedsLearn how to read the weeds with Nance Klehm!1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Event Details

Learn how to read the weeds! In this hands-on botanical workshop taught by Nancy Klehm, participants will learn about the identification and study of individual weed species and communities found on site at Arlington Garden and what they ‘say’ about the place where they are growing: patterns of soil structure and health, hydrology, mineral concentrations and imbalances, and potential contamination. Participants will also learn about edible and medicinal uses of certain weeds as well as which ones make good compost additives. Come prepared with a notebook, pen, water, and personal snacks. Herbal tea and a light snack will be provided. This workshop is 3.5 hours and has a maximum capacity of 25 people. Please sign up early since space is limited. 
Nance Klehm has been an ecological systems designer, landscaper, horticultural consultant, and agroecological grower for more than three decades. Her approach is centered on instigating change by activating already existent communities, and her work demonstrates her lifelong commitment to redefining the way human populations coexist with plant and animal systems on this planet. A consultant, speaker, and teacher, Nance is internationally respected for her work on land politics and soil heath. Her work has received extensive national and international media coverage and is mentioned in many books, including Leila Darwish’s Earth Repair and Sandor Katz’s The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved. She won the 2012 Utne Visionary Prize and has been a two-time finalist for the Curry-Stone Design Prize. In addition, she has lectured broadly in museum and university settings as well as for countless community groups worldwide. She currently splits her time between Little Village, a densely packed, diverse urban neighborhood in the heart of Chicago, and fifty acres of land in the Driftless Region of northwest Illinois, where she cultivates and forages medicinal and edible plants, keeps bees and a fruit orchard, raises ducks and quail, and grows for indigenous seed banks. Past and current clients include Amisacho Restauración, Columbia University, Edgewater Environmental Coalition, Huntington Library and Gardens, Metabolic Studio, Pioneer Works Center for Art & Innovation, Qatar University and The Whitney Museum. *photo courtesy of Terry Evans


(Sunday) 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Arlington Garden in Pasadena

275 Arlington Drive


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