Thursday, June 7, 2007

Prairie doping. It's legal!

She needed permanent healing. The kind that didn't come in bottles--be it prescription or Sailor Jack. No, she needed time-honored tonics and cures for her ancient wounds. She needed something friendly and pure, a stash of goods that might change her world, or at least thwart off that persistent summer headache and awkward cold that threatened to hang out as if she were some sort of pushover host. Jerks.

So she registered for this evening's class o' healing at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden in South Minneapolis. There, in a class led by herbalist Cynthia Thomas, she can learn all about medicines of the spring prairie. She'll learn how to spot the natural and native goodies, and how to use them for maximum mending. And though she can't snag them from their sanctuary at Eloise, the $12 class (held from 6:00 till 7:30 pm) will teach her all she needs to become a hunter and gatherer of earthly healing.

Plus, now is one of the best times to hang out at Eloise, the largest wildflower park in the whole country. Not only are irises and lilies in full bloom and lovely, but the park celebrates its 100th birthday this year, and it serves as a resting place for thousands of birds. Huh. She feels better already.

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden: