Assassins in the Garden: Belladonna, Foxglove, Hemlock & Co.

January 23, 2012, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Not everything herbal or natural is good for us -- some of the most beautiful plants are quite toxic. From hemlock to lobelia, foxglove to rhubarb, retired internist Sandra Moss will reveal through her lavishly illustrated 2:00 p.m. presentation just how various plant toxins affect the body. Surprising facts on garden flora that she will dispense range from the dangers of “mushroom roulette”, to the deadly nightshades - and to a nasty fungus hiding on your roses. Along the way, Dr. Moss, an expert in medical history, will describe some of the fascinating herbal remedies used by nineteenth-century American physicians.

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April 28, 2019, 1:00 PM

Shuttles, Spindle and Flyer Wheels: Hand spinning and Weaving in the 21st Century

The Essex County Hand Spinners Guild will demonstrate the magical art of spinning fibers into yarn on hand spindles and spinning wheels, some antique or traditional in appearance, and some contemporary that have a modern look. Weavers will also demonstrate how cloth is made on a variety of looms. Visitors will also be invited to try their hands at spinning and weaving.


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