Botanical Name: Disoscorea villosa | Family: Dioscoreaceae Common name(s): Wild Yam, Colicroot, Rheumatism root GROWING Vine, perennial | Zone 5-9 | Up to 30+ tall | Heart-shaped alternate leaves (a set of
Botanical Name: Amoracia rusticana | Family: Cruciferae Common name(s): Horseradish GROWING Perennial; herbaceous | Zone 4-9 | 2-3 feet tall | White flowers when it blooms, which is infrequent Full sun/dappled shade |
Dandelion Forest is physically a little corner of the world in central Massachusetts, nestled in the woods, where dandelions and other miracles of nature abound. But it’s more than the physical. It’s the idea of living connected to the natural world and all it provides us.
There is magic to be found in this world and I am finding it. Right here. Right outside my own door. After having lived here for 17 years.
We can all wake up to what we've been missing at any moment!
There's a stream to explore, with moss-covered rocks and a variety of ferns. There are witch hazel and black birch trees providing medicine, hickory trees and grape vines full of food for the animals - and us, if we want it. We are introducing additional food into our forest, like fruit trees and berry and nut bushes and vines. There are hardy varieties of almonds and kiwis, and interesting fruit like paw paw. And our grove of white pine provides vitamin C in an area of the country where citrus doesn't grow.
As my children, one by one, left the nest and began following their own dreams, I woke up to mine. In 2013 I took a permaculture class and got my PDC (permaculture design certificate). In 2018 I got my Herbalism certificate. My husband has coined the word "herbaculture" for me. I like it!
This site is a place to share my journey and the things I am learning, along with my herbal creations made in my Massachusetts residential kitchen.