Medicinal plants topic of talk
The January meeting of the Rhode Island Wild Plant Society will be held on Saturday, Jan. 13, at All That Matters in Wakefield.
The program will feature Judith Sumner on the topic “Why Do Plants Make Medicines?”
The meeting is free and open to the public. Fellowship is from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and Sumner will speak from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Those attending should bring a snack to share if their last name starts with A through M.
Since ancient times, plants have been the primary source of essential medicines used to treat human ailments and illnesses. The natural chemicals in plants also play important roles in botanical survival, and these functions can help people understand why and how plant
medicines provide effective cures. Along with herbal natural history and caveats, botanist and author Judith Sumner will explore the naturalized and Native American medicinal plants and the new field of zoopharmacognosy (the use of medicinal plants by animals).
Sumner teaches medicinal botany at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and at the Garden in the Woods, and the botanic garden of the New England Wild Flower Society in Framingham, Mass. Her lectures are highly sought after by inquisitive students of all ages, and she has been honored with awards for excellence in teaching. She is the author of “The Natural History of Medicinal Plants” as well as numerous scientific publications.