Chestnut Herbal School

An Invitation

Written and Photographed by Juliet Blankespoor

Attention all fleuraphiles, fleuravores, and fleurologists:

I formally invite you to join me in celebration of the juicy colors, textures and stories of plant reproduction.
I will be featuring a flower every Friday for a year in my not-so-originally-named

A Year in Flowers

The flowers will be seasonal during the growing season, and drawn from my archives and inspiration during the winter. I will serve nibbles of botany, ecology, wild food, medicine and gardening from my floral sounding board. Some days I may simply post photos and let images fill the imagination.

When: Starting tomorrow

Where: on whatever electronica you fancy

RSVP:  cherished

Sharing the project with your favorite plant aficionados: appreciated 

Meet The Green Mastermind Behind Blog Castanea:

Juliet Blankespoor

JULIET BLANKESPOOR is the founder, primary instructor, and Creative Director of the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, an online school serving thousands of students from around the globe. She's a professional plant-human matchmaker and bonafide plant geek, with a degree in botany and over 30 years of experience teaching and writing about herbalism, medicine making, and organic herb cultivation. Juliet’s lifelong captivation with medicinal weeds and herb gardening has birthed many botanical enterprises over the decades, including an herbal nursery and a farm-to-apothecary herbal products business. 

These days, she channels her botanical obsession through her writing and photography in her online programs, on her personal blog Castanea, and in her new book, The Healing Garden: Cultivating and Handcrafting Herbal Remedies. Juliet and her family reside in a home overrun with houseplants and books in Asheville, North Carolina.

Interested in becoming a contributor?


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13 thoughts on “An Invitation

  1. Add me in…you’re the best. Can’t wait. I just might insist that you include all these photos in a book….I wish I knew a book agent…I think I’ll start looking around…

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