Botanists: Important Native Plant botanists for the Cascadia Bioregion
Lilla Leach – Lilla Irvin Leach (1886-1980) was a field botanist who specialized in Oregon flora from 1915-1945. She cataloged more than a dozen species and two new genera, Kalmiopsis leachiana and Bensoniella oregana. Lilla and her husband John Leach purchased a tract of land in southeast Portland where they developed a botanical garden named Sleepy Hollow and is now called the Leach Botanical Garden.
Ethnobotanists: Important Native Plant Ethnobotanists for the Cascadia Bioregion
French, David – Professor of Anthropology – Reed College, Portland, Oregon
Turner, Nancy Phd – Ethnobotanist – University of Victoria, BC
Plant Teachers: Plant teachers located in the Cascadia Bioregion who also teach about Native Plants.
Susun Weed– phenomenal plant teacher. Susan has special skills in healing women and knowledge of women’s health. Susun started the Wise Woman Center and network of plant teachers.
Judy Blue Horse Skelton, (Nez Perce/Cherokee), is an educator, writer and herbalist who shares her knowledge of medicinal plants and healing at conferences, educational institutions and workshops
Howie Brounstein – Columbine school of Botanical Studies
Aprovecho education center – teach permaculture including native plant knowledge – wonderful place to take a workshop.
Mushroom in Cascadia – Paul Stamets – longtime fungi teacher to residents of Cascadia and the planet. Taught at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, author, educator champion of the Fungi.
Elderberry School of Botanical Medicine – Located in Portland, Oregon