The Belfast Free Library and Belfast Co-op are sponsoring a free presentation with Deb Soule, founder and owner of Rockport’s Avena Botanicals, Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Library, 106 High St. Soule will share her new book “How to Move Like a Gardener: Planting and Preparing Medicines from Plants,” which will be available for sale and signing.
This book embodies Soule’s deep love and respect for the spirit of the medicinal plants she has worked with for almost 40 years. It is 256 informative pages with more than 200 beautiful color photographs taken in Avena’s gardens.
Raised in a small town in western Maine, Soule began organic gardening and studying the medicinal uses of herbs at age 16 alongside the internationally known medical herbalist Mary Bove. Soule’s faith in the healing qualities of plants includes a desire to make organic herbs easily accessible to women and families living in rural areas. As her knowledge and faith in the efficacy of medicinal herbs grew, so did her desire to be of service to her community. In a small 8-by-10 foot room in her house, she began preparing various herbal remedies.
In the fall of 1985, with her first mail-order catalog and a small selection of herbal extracts and teas, Soule launched Avena Botanicals at the Common Ground Fair, then in Windsor. Five years earlier, while enrolled as a student at College of the Atlantic, she lived in Nepal close to three Tibetan monasteries. She was deeply influenced by the Tibetan peoples commitment to ease physical symptoms and mental and emotional upsets through plants, prayer and other spiritual practices.
Soule’s passion for plants, gardens and healing and her commitment to sharing herbal knowledge with others is central to her work. She frequently is a guest lecturer at various conferences, as well as an instructor for botany and horticulture students, garden club, and medical students. In 2005, People, Places and Plants magazine named Soule one of the 50 most influential gardeners in the Northeast.
For more information, visit avenabotanicals.com.
For more information about this event, call the Belfast Free Library: (207) 338-3884 x10.