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Lecture - Maya Medicine: Traditional Healing in Yucatan, Mexico



In Mexican villages it’s common to hear the only remaining herbalist or midwife state that they are the last one in their village still practicing their art and working with plants. Most don’t have apprentices and almost never does the younger generation choose to carry on their ancestral healing traditions. It is the elders who are sought to share their medicine knowledge. José Feliciano Ake Kinil is an exception. He is a third-generation, young-but-practiced Maya healer and student who has made it his life’s work to follow the rich traditions of the medicine people, herbalists and healers of the Yucatan. José shares specific information on the ethnobotanical uses of plants of the Yucatan peninsula, stories of growing up in a Maya family that never lost these traditions and what it has been like to follow the life path that he has chosen—or as the elders say, the life path that has chosen him. This is a unique perspective that has not been shared before.


José Feliciano Ake Kinil started collecting medicinal plants in the jungle with his grandfather and mother when he was eight years old, preparing traditional remedies and assisting them in their healing work. His first language is Maya and his second language is Spanish.


Shelley Torgove (facilitator and translator) has been practicing and teaching both Western herbal medicine and traditional healing practices in Denver for 25 years. She spent 10 years as the only apprentice and close friend of José’s father, Daniel Pool Pech, who passed in 2016. Shelley has been a bridge both between father and son and between cultures. She currently teaches a women’s herbal and ethnobotanical medicine program in Denver through Artemisia & Rue and leads herbal adventures to the Yucatan.


All lecture programs: $15 member, $20 non-member. Space is limited so register early!


6:30 p.m. Program and lecture


Slow Food Members are welcome to register for the discounted member price of $15, please click on reciprocal member price, no identification required.


With the support of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and in line with the Gardens mission, of connecting people with plants, we are excited to bring you a series designed to push the boundaries of horticulture practices and redefine your understanding of art and gardens. We hope to spark your creativity, and broaden your scope in the understanding of gardens as art.

Lecture - The Artisan Vegetable Garden for the Home Chef


If the heirloom tomato movement has taught us anything it's that variety matters, and the answer isn’t always to choose the heirloom variety over a newer hybrid. The new home chef appreciates education, varieties and methods. Matt introduces us to brand new cultural methods, as well as new tips and tricks on how to outsmart pests and master challenging crops. Best of all, participants leave with a long list of new and old varieties to try that will elevate the garden and delight the home chef.


All lecture programs: $15 member, $20 non-member. Space is limited so register early!

6:00 p.m. Social hour and tasting hosted by Slow Food Denver (included in price)

6:30 p.m. Program and lecture



Matt Mattus is an American plantsman , author and plant collector. While most know Matt as the author of the award-winning gardening blog Growing with Plants (which has been featured in the pages of Martha Stewart Living, Better Homes and Gardens and House Beautiful). Matt is also the past president of the North American Rock Garden Society (NARGS) and a member of many plant societies.


His latest book, Mastering the Art of Vegetable Gardening (2019) examines both common and uncommon vegetables worthy for the home gardener. Rich with cultural tips, and professional advice for all levels of gardeners, the book is also a visual gem with hundreds of photos all taken by Matt.


Matt lives in Worcester, Massachusetts with his partner Joseph Philip, three Irish Terriers, rare poultry, fancy canaries and homing pigeons.


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