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Medicinal Plants in the Bay Area

Medicinal Plants in the Bay Area


Saturday, September 7 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

1431 Waverley Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301 United States

Join us for an engaging talk with Dr. Doug Kalish, highlighting the rich biodiversity of the San Francisco Bay Area and the importance of native medicinal plants. We’ll explore the ethnobotany of the Bay Area, highlighting traditional healing practices and the cultural significance of medicinal plants among local indigenous groups. The habitats, medicinal uses, and preparation methods of several common (and hopefully, familiar!) plants will be detailed, including Yerba Buena, California Poppy, Yarrow, Sage, Soaproot, and Elderberry. We’ll conclude by examining threats to native medicinal plants and the importance of conservation efforts.


$28 Members (use code IRIS) / $35 Non-members

Gamble Garden members enjoy a 20% discount! Members, enter promo code IRIS to receive your discount. Registration lists are checked with member lists. You may be asked to confirm your membership in a follow up email.

Instructor Bio

Doug Kalish, a long-time Gamble volunteer, received his PhD in Biology from Harvard in 1980. After a long career in hi tech, he returned to his biology roots as a Visiting Fellow at UC Berkeley in the 2000’s. He leads ‘House, History and Horticulture’ Tours at Gamble, provides monthly enrichment and education presentations to the Gamble Garden Guides, and can be found most Second Saturdays at a table detailing plant biology, genetics, and anatomy.

Please note: Registration fees are nonrefundable. Gamble reserves the right to cancel this class or event due to unforeseen events such as extreme weather or a change in Covid protocol. In the event of a cancellation your payment will be reimbursed , net of service charge if applicable.