Creating Community and Health Through Gardens

Summer 2017 quarter (First Session)

Taught by

Marja Eloheimo
ethnobotany, environmental and cultural anthropology, plant studies
  • UG

In this 8-credit summer class, we explore ways in which various types of gardens can contribute to community and health. Each week we visit medicinal, edible, community, and ethnobotanical gardens. We will interview gardeners, identify plants, strengthen nature drawing and journaling skills, and consider themes related to sustainability. Our work will consist of readings, seminars, workshops, and plant studies as well as community-based garden care and a small, related research project. This class is suitable for students interested in education, community development, health studies, plant studies, Indigenous studies, sustainability, ethnobotany, herbalism, and horticulture.  

Program Details

Fields of Study

agriculture community studies

Preparatory For

health, community, education, ecology, botany, sustainability 


Summer Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

9:30-5:30; Tues, Wed, Thurs; June 27-July 20; Weeks 1-4 (no class July 4)

Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning


$60 for entrance fees, garden tools, and workshop supplies