5251 Oak Street Vancouver BC V6M 4H1 CA

Start date: Wednesday, June 7 2023.


 On Wednesday, June 7, 2023, from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

 On Wednesday, June 14, 2023, from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

 On Wednesday, June 21, 2023, from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

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 On Wednesday, June 28, 2023, from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

 On Saturday, July 8, 2023, from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Resource person: learn@vandusen.org

Location: Via Zoom & at VanDusen Garden


Chinese medicinal herbs may be used to make herbal teas and therapeutic foods, alleviate illness, make natural beauty products, or be used to start an herbal plant-based business. However, growing good-quality medicinal herbs is challenging because many factors influence their medicinal qualities and therapeutic efficacy. This course will introduce you to 15 common Chinese medicinal plants and provide you with basic knowledge on properly growing, harvesting, processing, and using medicinal herbs. 

You will learn what factors influence the medicinal quality and therapeutic effects of a medicinal plant and how to select appropriate species. In addition, you will learn about the stories and legends, alternative uses, and cultural and historical significance of the medicinal plants. You will also learn how to prepare herbal remedies.

Five-session series. Four sessions will be presented online on Wednesdays, beginning June 7, and one session will be in-person; the instructor will meet you at the end of the course on Saturday, July 8 and take you on a medicinal plant walk in the VanDusen Botanical Garden. She will also provide some Chinese medicinal plant seeds for you to grow in your garden.



Lecture Topics

Week1/June 7 - Online

6:00-7:30 pm

Introduction of medicinal plants, factors affecting the quality of medicinal plants, applications of medicinal plants.

Week2/June 14 - Online

6:00-7:30 pm

Perilla (Perilla frutescens), Noble dendrobium (Dendrobium nobile), Wolfberry (Lycium chinense), Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius), Garlic chives (Allium tuberosum)

Week3/ June 21 - Online

6:00-7:30 pm

Forsythia (Forsythia suspensa), Blackberry Lily (Belamcanda chinesis), Chinese mugwort (Artemisia argyi), Sweet annie (Artemisia annua), Job’s tear (Coix lacryma-jobi)

Week4/ June 28 - Online

6:00-7:30 pm

Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba), Chinese peony (Paeonia lactiflora), American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius), Brown's lily (Lilium brownie), Chinese yam (Dioscored opposite)

Week5/July 8 - In-Person

10:00-11:30 am

Medicinal Plant Walk in VanDusen Botanical Garden


Instructor's Bio:

Lily Chunling Liu is an instructor in the School of Horticulture at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She received a Ph.D. in Botanical Medicine, an M.Sc. in Plant Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from universities in China, and an M.Sc. in Forestry from the University of British Columbia in Canada.

Dr. Liu was an Associate Professor in Chinese Materia Medica at the Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Her research focused on quality control and good agricultural practice of Chinese medicinal plants in China, which have provided guidelines for Chinese herbal industries and growers. Since moving to Canada, she has worked closely with local farmers and growers on the domestication of Chinese medicinal plants in North America, herbal garden and farm design, and developing herbal businesses.

The online sessions will be recorded. Registered participants will have access to recordings for a limited time. Pre-registration required. 

Available: Full

Price: $108.00 Taxes not included

Notes: Please note that registration for our webinars will close an hour before the event. Online course log-in details will be sent 24 hours before the course date. Cancellation policy: No refunds will be given for education courses. A credit will be applied to your account for cancellations with one week's notice. With less than a week's notice, no credit will be given. No new credit will be issued if the cancelled course was purchased using prior credit. Program cancellation by the VBGA due to Public Health Restrictions will result in education program credit equivalent to the value lost. Credits must be used within one year from the date issued. Please notify us of your cancellation in writing to learn@vandusen.org

Prerequisites: Educational programs are available for both members and non-members. In order to register for a class, you first need to open an account with Amilia, our online registration portal. Note that your membership account does NOT give you this access. You must open a separate account in Amilia. Follow this link to create your account: https://www.amilia.com/en/Signup Please save your Amilia account username & password for registration in future classes.

More information: Instructor: Lily Liu

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