Wild Weed Wisdom

Nurture Your 'Inner Wild' with Foraged Edible and Medicinal Plants

Beautiful Moment

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Beautiful Moment

This magical photo was taken on Day 1 of Wild Weed Kids – a cold day in March, at the Vu Hortus Botanicus, in Amsterdam. This little girl was searching for leaves, twigs, buds, bugs, shells or anything natural, to put into our Texture Cafe, where we displayed our discoveries and described how they felt, smelled like, looked like… a beautiful, playful, day.



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City Walk – The Wild Weeds Around Us


I find it incredibly satisfying each day when I spot – and can correctly identify! – some of the many beautiful, edible or medicinal plants and flowers growing in totally urban places, such as in sidewalk cracks, as weeds in gardens, or along the canals. This walk will reveal those often-overlooked treasures, and offer more opportunities for practicing identification skills. I also find that being on the lookout for plants simply makes me feel more grounded, grateful and “in the moment.” If this sounds good to you, let me know!

Date: Monday, March 25, 2013

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM

LocationLe Pain Quotidien at Cornelis Troostplein 2, Amsterdam.
Look for my orange-and-yellow bike – with 2 child-seats on it – parked outside – we’ll be close to the bike!
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Wild Weed Kids Update

Wild Weed Kids – Ages 6-8 is now FULL and starts this Wednesday.

The Wild Weed Kids for older children begins in April on Wednesdays from 3:45 to 5:00. This group will be for ages 8-12.

I can’t wait – we are going to have a ball!

Anika smile

Parents are welcome to tag along for part of each session to play and observe – or, bring a book and enjoy a coffee while you relax. Please bring a little snack for your children – I’ll provide organic juice.

See you soon!

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Everything is worth a look!

Everything is worth a look!

Wild Weed Kids is a nature program for children 5-8 and 9-12 at the VU Hortus Botanicus der Vrije Universiteit. We’ll listen, look, touch, feel and play with the natural world, through activities, games, stories and fun! Each class will include a project to take home. Both English and Dutch languages will be spoken in class.

While the children play, the parents can enjoy a tea, coffee or toastie in the cafe terrace, or stroll through any of the magnificent collections of plants in the VU Hortus greenhouses.

Class size is limited; please book early to reserve you child’s space.

Ages 5-8:

Dates: Wednesdays, March 6, 13, 20, 27
Times: 15:45 to 17:00
Fee: 40 euros inclusive

Ages 9-12:

Dates: Wednesdays, April 3, 10, 17, 24
Times: 15:45 to 17:00
Fee: 40 euros inclusive for 4 sessions

Register by emailing me at: jennieakse@gmail.com