Join medical herbalist, Janine Gerhardt MNIMH on a leisurely Midsummers’ Eve Herb Walk meandering through the beautiful grounds of West Horsley Place.

Celebrate the longest days of the year, the summer solstice by journeying through our local medicinal flora and get to love the varied uses of long forgotten medicinal plants such as daisies, chickweed, yarrow and many more botanical treasures.

Discover how herbs have been used in the past and present and their importance for our long term survival in an era where antibiotic resistance is on the rise and monoculture plus high food miles are normality.

Explore the magic Herb of Summer Solstice - St. Johns Wort - and how its yellow flower turns an oil blood red!

Get up close and personal using a botanical lens to see why cleavers are called sticky and, if you dare, why nettles sting. Did you know that nettle stings can offer relieve from arthritic joint pain, are delicious and can put that spring back into your step? Learn how to make the most delicious pesto and spinach substitute, talk wild foods and tea and how to include something wild and fresh into your every day with ease. 

Janine Gerhardt

Janine has been a practising medical Herbalist since 2008, who would rather climb a tree than sit in front of a computer screen. 

In 2012 Janine completed a postgraduate diploma in Ecology and Conservation and in 2019 she became a Forest Bathing Guide, now working for Kew Gardens and other wonderful locations, helping people enhance their health and wellbeing through exploring nature.

plantsReconnecting people with nature and each other has been her main inspiration and these are the fundamental reasons behind her Herb Walks, Workshops and Wild Food Adventures.

She loves working with people from all walks of life and of all age groups, with the aim of enhancing health & wellbeing through nature engagement in many shapes and forms and strives to nourish self-reliance and self-empowerment.

Important Information

Ticket Cost: £20

Venue: Walk will start from our Welcome Area

2 hour walk, across moderate but often uneven terrain.

Please wear suitable clothes and footwear.

Access Information: Please note that this walk is not suitable for people using wheelchairs or buggies. You’ll need a moderate level of fitness and be able to cope with walking on uneven ground.

Most suitable for those aged 12+ but all ages are welcome (under 5s free)