Winter Tree/Plant ID This Sunday!


Join us for a hike in the Winter woods! Nick Lubecki, and Moirin Reynolds (of Bridget’s Apothecary) will lead a hike through the trails of Schenley Park. We want you to get to know the trees with whom you share this beautiful city. We’ll help you see each tree in the forest as an individual, with clues and characteristics leading to its identity, even in the Winter months! We’ll also talk about which trees have been traditionally used for food and medicine, and talk about how to work with the trees in this way. Join us for a fun, brisk walk in the woods!
$5-10 Sliding scale

Please dress for the weather!  Rain, Snow, or Shine!

We will meet by the Westinghouse Memorial in Schenley Park

(W Circuit Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15217)

FB event can be found HERE

Upcoming Events

Handmade Arcade is Saturday, December 3rd at the David L. Lawrence Convention center.

It’s Free from 11am to 7pm.  Bridget’s Apothecary will be at TABLE 44.  Come say hello, and check out all the high quality vendors, fun craft corners, and more.

Find more info HERE  and HERE


And on Saturday December 17th I’ll have a table at the 3rd Annual Babyland Holiday Craft Sale and Party.  More details HERE

Hope to see you at one or many events this holiday season!

As always you can also order from my ETSY store by clicking HERE!



Fall Plant Walk in Frick Park


Sunday, September 25th


Do you find yourself walking by plants without even saying hello? Would you like to get to know the shy, unassuming, friendly plants that you share a city with? Join Moirin (of Bridget’s Apothecary) and Nick (of Butter Hill Farm) for a fun and informative plant walk! We’ll be talking about what inspired us to get to know plants better, how to identify common plants of this area, which ones have edible parts, and how to harvest/prepare them, and the historical and practical uses of plants as medicine. This event is rain or shine, please dress for the weather! Let’s go for a walk!

We’ll be meeting at the Lawn Bowling building at Frick Park located near the corner of Reynolds Street and Carnegie Pl.
Find the may HERE

$5 – 10 sliding scale.

Find the Facebook event: HERE

Book Review: Wild Urban Plants of the Northeast


Hello my dear plant people!  I’m realizing more and more how much folks are looking to reconnect with nature, but don’t know where to begin.  Over the next few weeks, I’m hoping to review some of my favorite books, that enlighten, inspire, and help me make sense of all the plant friends around me.  Often we feel a little isolated on this journey, maybe we don’t know many people who know or care to know anything about the plants surrounding us, or maybe it’s hard to coordinate spending time with others that do. What do we do when we can’t ask a friend or an expert what the plant is that we see every day on the way to wherever we need to be?  I have found some of the books in my life to be an easy and beautiful entry to connecting to the flora around me.  Once I got excited and inspired to go out on my own, I also to started to find my plant people to exchange this knowledge with.  I hope this helps inspire and excite you wherever you are on your plant journey!

Years ago, when I first started studying herbs and looking at plants, it was like blinders were taken off of my eyes.  It was hard for me to walk down the street without stopping and looking at all the little (and sometimes huge) plants growing out of the sidewalk.  The closest reference I had for this was when I was studying art and would go spend some time in a museum.  There was so much to see, you either spent too much time examining a very small amount of work, or you had to ignore huge amounts of artwork, to find the few that pulled you in.  I spent 5 years in NYC, and felt very far removed from all the living and growing habits of all the new (to me) plants I was studying and learning about.  When I made the transition from the “Big City” to the “Little city”(Pittsburgh), it didn’t immediately get better.  I would still stop and look at many plants, often having no idea what they were.  Now though, it wasn’t just looking at plants growing through fences and out of asphalt, it was plants on hiking trails through the woods as well.  It hadn’t occurred to me yet, that different plants enjoy growing in different places, and some are much more adapted to cities than others.  I was also only beginning to hear the term “invasive” applied towards plants, and realized that even in the natural world, we tend to polarize everything into “good” and “bad” categories, as if nature could ever be so black and white.

I first picked up this book, “Wild Urban Plants of the Northeast”, at a friend’s house, and immediately fell in love with it.  Here were plants I walked by every day, easily recognizable, described in detail, including their ecological functions, and even their cultural significance.  There are many reasons I love this book, and here a just a few of them:

1)When I first picked it up, and thumbed through it, I saw and identified at least 3 plants that I had seen hundreds of times, had been wondering about, but hadn’t taken the time to key out.  If you are the type of person who walks along city streets and looks at the flora, but knows almost no names for the plants you see, you will be identifying more than a few handfuls of plants you see every day, after just one sitting with this book.


2) The photos are excellent.  And by that I mean they are useful.  They show a wide view of the plant (many books do not do this), up close views of plant parts and different stages of growth, different changes to the plant seasonally, and there is usually at least one of it growing in its “natural” urban environment.  The photos that don’t try to “pretty it up” makes it immediately accessible to those of us who saw it every day growing through that rusty chain link fence, or out from under that abandoned car.  And those urban indicators also give you and excellent sense of the size of each part.  Most of us can look at these pictures and know exactly what size the flower or leaf would be based on the girth of a telephone pole that it’s growing beside in the photo.

3) It doesn’t favor rare or native plants, but gives equal time to both native and invasive species that are commonly found in urban spaces. This is important to me, because so many times we are tempted to just cast a plant off as a “weed” without knowing anything about it, aside from the fact that it grows everywhere that we don’t want it to.

4) The author makes the case for valuing each plant rather than demonizing the so-called invasives.  This can be a controversial topic in plant circles, but I appreciate that the author is determined to recognize the positive aspects of plants coming in and colonizing our abandoned city spaces.  Too often they are thought of as part of the “blight”, when they are still in fact helping us breathe by creating more oxygen, pulling pollutants out of the air and the ground, providing shelter and food for wildlife, reminding us that we can’t control everything, especially not nature and her evolving ways.

5) It even has occasional plant-based fashion tips!



I’m not getting paid to say this (but perhaps I should look into that, ha!), but it’s one of my favorite plant books to have around.  I think it’s great for beginner and intermediate naturalists alike, by virtue of it’s breadth and depth, and intriguing philosophy on the “invasive” plant debate.  I highly recommend checking it out, getting it from your local library, or suggesting it if they don’t already have it.  Stay tuned for more of my favorite plant books!



Handmade Arcade 2015


Come find us this Saturday at Handmade Arcade!  Table 116!

This is always such a fun event.  We’re happy to be returning again for all the fun, crazy, energetic crowds!  Come out and say hello!

The Details:

When: Saturday Dec. 5th, 11am-7pm

Where: David Lawrence Convention Ctr

Cost: FREE

Parking: All city parking garages are free on this day (does not include convention ctr garage)

Click HERE for all the other details, lists of vendors, map of the space, etc.  There will be 150 vendors, so it pays to plan out your trip and make sure you see all of your favorites! (like Table 116)

Thank you for shopping small, supporting local businesses, and giving the gift of handmade!


Autumn Tree Walk


October 25th

Allegheny Cemetery

On Sunday October 25th at 2pm, I’ll be joined by Nick Lubecki, of Butter Hill Farm, for a fun and informative walk through the Allegheny Cemetery.  We’ll be talking Tree ID (including ID by fall foilage, if there are leaves still on the trees!), Foraging (which trees have edible parts and how to prepare them), and Tree Medicine (both the historical and practical uses of using trees medicinally)!

Meet us at the Penn Ave entrance to the Allegheny Cemetery.

Suggested donation is $5-10

Questions? contact me at:

Let’s Talk About Sweat!

Were you unable to make it out to my free lecture on Natural Deodorant?  Well I recorded it just for you!  It’s about 45 minutes long and I cover many topics, including:

  • the reasons to look into alternatives to commercial deodorants
  • breast cancer links
  • why we sweat
  • how absorbable the skin is on different parts of our bodies
  • chemicals to avoid
  • and much more!

Let me know what you think, and if you’d like to see more content like this, take a moment to click on the poll  

 Thanks for listening!

Here is the recipe I use for the deodorant.  Or, if you’d prefer to buy it, check out my etsy store clicking HERE (scroll through to see the different scents and sizes)

Natural Deodorant Crème

3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil

1 1/2 Tablespoons Baking Soda

1 1/2 Tablespoons Arrowroot Powder

5-15 drops Essential Oil Yield: 2 ounces

Slowly combine baking soda and arrowroot powder with coconut oil by sprinkling small amounts of each powder into the oil (You’ll need a sturdy bowl, a fork, and some patience, especially if the coconut oil is cold=rock solid). When mixture is thoroughly combined, add essential oils. Store in a clean container. If reusing a deodorant container, clean thoroughly so there is no bacteria in the container to start. (In warmer weather, mixture will stay liquid, so choose containers carefully) You may melt the mixture together with a small amount of beeswax to keep it from liquefying in the summer. Keep in mind when choosing essential oils that if you are using Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (as opposed to refined), there will be a strong coconut scent that will combine with the other scents you choose. Add lighter smelling essential oils first (lavender, citrus); finish by adding one drop at a time of stronger scents (like Peppermint, or Eucalyptus). Apply to clean underarms for best results!  *Note: If you shave your armpits you may be sensitive to essential oils, or even baking soda, especially right after shaving.  Experiment and adjust the recipe so that it works best for you, or wait to apply after shaving.