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What’s New from the Gardens of Desert Woman?

Herb & Flower Fiesta!

Please join us for a day of classes devoted to Using Herbs for Food and Medicine, and support Gila / Mimbres Communty Radio at

The Volunteer Center
501 East 13th Street
(Access from Corbin or Swan Street)

Friday 14 August 2015 / 9am – 4:30pm

  • 9am / Seven Primary Herbs
    in cooked and raw dishes and smoothies. Delicious and Nutritious!
    Includes smoothie sample to share.
    Martha Everett / Qigong and Food Healing Facilitator
  • 10am / Creating Exotic Herbal Condiments
    Learn how to handle fresh and dried herbs and seeds. Gain confidence in your own taste buds. See how a few simple tricks like grinding your own seeds and spices can transform your cooking to a new taste adventure.
    Craig Olander / Master Chef & raconteur.  Craig has studied and eaten his way around four continents
  • 11am / Flavoring Lunch
    Learn how herbs from your kitchen garden can enhance flavors in  today’s lunch.
    Monica Rude, owner of Desert Woman Botanicals, is a long-time herb gardener, medicine-maker & cook.
  • Noon / Savoring Lunch
    Summer salads flavored with herbs in the previous class. Lemon verbena sorbet courtesy of Shevek & Company.  Yumm!
  • 1pm / Low Tech Hydrosols
    Whip it up in your kitchen without expensive equipment. Using hydrosols in body care products
    Mary Buonocore / Creator of Gila Valley Lavender organic personal care products
  • 2pm / Herbal Alchemy: How to Make & Use Herbal Infused Oils
    to tend to yourself and your family. Take home an infused oil of your own making. Materials will be provided.
    Irene Sturla / Herbalist, botanical perfumer, craniosacral therapist, shamanic healer and physical therapist. She loves to infuse various plants wildcrafted in the Gila Wilderness in oils for skin healing salves, aromatherapeutic oils and botanical aromatics. It’s not unusual to see her sniffing and tasting leaves in town.
  • 3:15 / Herbal Plant Walk at Bear Creek Herb Garden
    Meet the plants.  Learn how to cultivate & use numerous medicinal plants.
    Michael Cottingham / A teacher of clinical herbal medicine for over 20 years, he is the founder of Bear Creek Herbs in Silver City, New Mexico, Director of The Herbal Program at The College Of Natural Healing in NM, and creator of Voyage Botanica Herbal Field School.   Michael has done ethnobotany in over 20 countries.

The classes are $5 each (WOW! Cheap at twice the price!).

And you can put all of this to the ultimate test…
Lunch! for $10.  Such a Deal!

All Classes will be at The Volunteer Center  501 East 13th Street in Silver City- except the plant walk which which will be at 604 N Bullard Street in the garden behind Bear Creek Herb Store.

Classes and lunch require advance reservations.
Click here to register and get tickets via PayPal or call Monica at 575.535.2860 for details.
Please note… No tickets will be mailed!  Your name will be included on our list at the door.

The Silver City Farmer's Market continues through the end of October.

Desert Woman will be there for the opening and every 1st Saturday of the month thereafter.  See You There!

Feel free to call at 575.535.2860 or email at to confirm the schedule or to place an order for her weekly deliveries to Silver City.

The Silver City Farmers Market
Home & Garden Expo / 2016

Check back later for date, location & details.

2015 topics  included...

  • Garden Demonstrations All Day
  • Do it Yourself & Save Money
  • Less Strenuous Gardening
  • Best Times To Plant for Our Area
  • Growing in Small Spaces
  • Gardening in Containers
  • Seed Tape & Foliar Feeding
  • Grasshopper & Gopher Strategies
  • Composting
  • Red Wrigglers
  • Coop Seed Share
  • Grant County Seed Library
  • SeedBroadcast
  • Native Plant Society Annual Plant Sale
Kids Activities, Lunch and lots of Local Vendors.

We are not taking apprentices or offering classes at this time.  Click here for info on previous classes.

Desert Woman Cold & Flu Pack
Boost your health & be prepared in case of illness. Save 15% compared to buying items individually.

And don't forget our

Lip Jazz!

I Love Lavender Salve

Lavender Light Lotion has become a creme

Creme of Lemon Supreme

Monica Rude - founder / owner of Desert Woman BotanicalsApply Lip Jazz & kiss those cracks & cold sores goodbye.  Emollient.  Suitable for royalty.  Anything else is for squares!  Click here for hip lips!

 I Love Lavender Salve Keepsake Hearts  -
Another perfect gift for a special friend or occasion.  Comes in a compact, hinged, heart shaped tin that fits easily in a pocket or purse.  If you Love Lavender, this is for you.

Lavender Creme and Creme of Lemon Supreme - are luscious, buttery, smell heavenly & are great for your skin!  Find out more about Lavender Creme and Creme of Lemon Supreme.

Fab Foot Creme is still our best selling product of all time!  Give up those painful cracks on feet and hands and order some today

Desert Woman
specializes in capturing The Healing Energies of the SouthWest Desert & bottling it up for your benefit whether you live here in the desert or are far away in another climate.

Our herbal products are prepared with herbs in our sustainable garden, from other organic growers, or from ethically wildcrafted sources.

Our grain alcohol is certified organic. Our olive oil is certified organic and cold pressed. No ingredients are genetically engineered. The beeswax and honey comes from our local beekeeper. We take time and great care to prepare by hand and in small batches to insure quality and provide you with the finest herbal products.

Monica Rude / Desert Woman

It's all about creativity!  End the war against weeds and invite them to be part of your gardening strategy.  Visit this new page and learn all about Weeds as a Resource!

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Especially when the river is raging and being it's full on natural self!

Visit our photo gallery to see what that was like!

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