The Natural History of Medicinal Plants, March 27

Join author Judith Sumner as she explores “The Natural History of Medicinal Plants,” and the history and science of herbs on Tuesday, March 27th at 7 p.m. at Strawbery Banke Museum. This event is co-sponsored by The Herb Society of America’s NorthEast Seacoast Unit; pre-registration by March 23rd:

The Natural History of Medicinal Plants
Judith Sumner
Stoodley’s Tavern at Strawbery Banke Museum, 17 Hancock St, Portsmouth, NH
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
7 p.m.
$8 ($5 for Strawbery Banke Museum members), pre-register by March 23

Judith Sumner, author of The Natural History of Medicinal Plants andAmerican Household Botany: A History of Useful Plants 1620 -1900, explains how the botanical compounds in plants that humans have used medicinally for thousands of years are in reality the plant’s defense strategies to ensure their own survival. Participants will come away with a greater appreciation of the vast natural pharmacy of plants and an understanding of the complexity of using medicinal plants to improve human needs without destroying the earth’s biodiversity.

Judith Sumner has taught extensively at the college level and at botanical gardens, including the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and at the Garden in the Woods, the botanic garden of the New England Wild Flower Society in Framingham, Massachusetts.

The program takes place at 7 pm at Stoodley’s Tavern at Strawbery Banke Museum (17 Hancock Street, opposite the Museum parking lot). Pre-registration is required by March 23rd. Registration is $8 ($5 for Strawbery Banke Museum members. To register, contact Riekie Sluder at 603-642-7034 or

The Herb Society of America’s NorthEast Seacoast Unit and Strawbery Banke Museum are co-sponsoring this event as part of a 6-lecture series, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit Strawbery Banke Museum’s horticultural education efforts.

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