Chestnut Herbal School

Dawn

Written and Photographed by Juliet Blankespoor

Girl in leaves

 

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When the sky is still black

Yet entertaining shades of steely blue

Earth gathers her skirts about her and

 rises up for the Suns first kiss of color

She gently hushes the crickets and screech owls

And rouses the dew-laden flowers from their slumber

The beads of wetness captured from the cool night air

joins the thickness of summers breath

with the morning’s heat

Petals are lightened

Stigma and stamen readied

For daylights first pollinator to also hear

The wake-up of warmth and color

Bespleckled with birdsong

 - Juliet Blankespoor

 

Meet The Green Mastermind Behind Blog Castanea:

Juliet Blankespoor

JULIET BLANKESPOOR founded the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine in 2007 and serves as the school’s primary instructor and Creative Director. She's been a professional plant-human matchmaker for close to three decades. Juliet caught the plant bug when she was nineteen and went on to earn a degree in Botany. She's owned just about every type of herbal business you can imagine: an herbal nursery, a medicinal products business, a clinical practice, and now, an herbal school.

These days, she channels her botanical obsession with her writing and photography in her online programs and here on her personal blog, Castanea. She's writing her first book: Cultivating Medicinal Herbs: Grow, Harvest, and Prepare Handcrafted Remedies from Your Home Garden. Juliet and her houseplants share a home with her family and herb books in Asheville, North Carolina.

Learn more about cultivation, identification, and uses for medicinal herbs in our 1,000-hour Herbal Immersion Program, which is the most comprehensive handcrafted online herbal course out there.

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