Chestnut Herbal School

The Greening

Written and Photographed by Juliet Blankespoor

baby with tulips

Our neighborhood farmers’ precious daughter

My excitement for springtime is punctuated with the hurriedness of the tending – our nursery, school and gardens. Anyone tied to the land in the northern temperate world knows this springtime reality. And yet it is such a juicy time. In between my thirteen hour work days, I have the wonderful opportunity to get out and witness the beauty of all things fresh and renewed; I hope you enjoy these little snippets of the gems I found in the greening. Click on the horizontal photos if you want to see them grow larger. And leave a message if you feel inspired, I love hearing from you!



more mushrooml

Morel mushroom, yummm

rocktripe bonnet

A bonnet fashioned from fallen rock tripe lichen



girl running in wild turnip field

Wild Turnip (Brassica rapa) field in our valley


Foamflower, Tiarella cordifolia, Saxifragaceae

Wild Geranium

Wild Geranium, Geranium maculatum, Geraniaceae

white oak leaves

White Oak leaves emerging, Quercus alba, Fagaceae

burdock root

Burdock harvest (Arctium minus)

tulip folds


magnolia buds

Magnolia buds, Magnolia x soulangeana, Magnoliaceae

Look for Part 2 of the greening later this week, and I hope you all are getting out as much as possible to witness the beauty and excitement of the season.


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.

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12 thoughts on “The greening

  1. Juliet,
    The Foamflower photo is just absolutely stunning! It made me notice some things about the flower that I hadn’t before.
    I also love the Wild Geranium one!

  2. Bonnie Sharkey says:

    Juliet, your photos are gorgeous and convey such warmth! I can never thank you enough for the amazing education you gave me, and how much it inspires me every single day!

  3. Que liiiiiiinnnnddaaa las fotos!
    AMIGA MIA, your posts and your pictures are incredibly inspiring, and have my heart exploding with the thought of returning back to appalachia so soon. I love and miss you dearly, I have dreams on hiking with you sometime in the near future. xoxoxoxoxo see you soon, i arrive in atlanta thursday afternoon xo

  4. Kelan melon says:

    What treasures! I was out on a walk off of route 9 with Oliver and he lead me to a bog filled with giant tadpoles! I have never seen these before they were fatter than quarters and starting with their legs and still had their tails. What a delight! Oliver even threw his sun hat in so I was required to wade around with them.

  5. Absolutely gorgeous!!!

    I always look forward to seeing your posts–they are so awesome. They also help me with my own plant id’s–I use your excellent photos as an additional resource. Thanks!


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