Weehawken Creative Arts tackles this dilemma in the special workshop “The Dandelion, Just a Weed or a Miracle?” led by Melanie Kent in Ridgway, May 30, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This all-levels class kicks off a summer of horticulture classes led by impressive instructors from around the region.
In the dandelion workshop students can expect to discover the many uses, both medicinal and edible, of Taraxacum officinale, which grows everywhere from pristine mountain meadows to cracks in cement and sidewalks.
Students will roam around Ridgway looking for radiant patches of dandelions and gather plants to take back to the kitchen, where they’ll learn how to use every part of this plant for detoxifying and beautifying, as well as creating delicious culinary treats and drinks.
Kent is a local San Juan Mountain native and lives in Ophir. She has always had a passion for the outdoors and its abundance of native plants. She attended the Rocky Mountain Center of Botanical Studies in Boulder and graduated in 1999 as a certified clinical herbalist.
The cost for this fun and most-certainly interesting class is $44 for Weehawken members and $48 for non-members. Those registering and paying by or before May 29 will enjoy an additional discount. Pre-registrations in this class are needed by or before May 29. For more information or a comprehensive list of Weehawken's many upcoming horticulture and arts classes and camps, visit www.weehawkenarts.org or call Ashley King at 970/318-0150.