Medicinal Plants and the Civil War

Presented by Steven Foster

Herbalist, author, and photographer Steven Foster discusses how more than 400 native and naturalized medicinal plants and other botanical resources gained new focus in the South during the Civil War. With ports blockaded and foreign imports difficult to obtain, experts were called upon to rapidly inventory and develop information on the practical uses of wild-growing plants of all kinds. That information is still relevant today, providing intrigue and interest for gardeners, herbalists, historians and scientists. 

Steven Foster celebrates 40 years of work in the medicinal plant field. He has published more than 900 photo-illustrated articles in a wide range of media and serves as and is a longtime contributor to HerbalGram. Foster is the co-author of 18 books.

The Philip and Elkin Alston Lecture series is made possible by the generous support of the Charles Loridans Foundation. Admission is free and no reservations are required.

Free Alston Lecture
Thursday, November 6
7 p.m.