Pikes Peak Herb Fest will celebrate different plants than those typically feted in Colorado on April 20.

The free indoor community festival will bring together holistic professionals, herbalists, gardeners and like-minded vendors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 20 at Ivywild School gymnasium.

A homesteading and seed swap event runs from 1 to 3 p.m. “That’s the big thing that’s pulling in a lot of traffic,” said Sarah Grant of the Essential Wellness Society, which organizes the fest.

At least 20 vendors will sell goods to live guitar music from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tinkergarten Activities for children, hosted by Grant and Alexandra N. Aiden Kogan, will include playing “Kings and Queens of the Forest” or “Catch the Wind” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Plants will be sold, and door prizes won.

Now in its 16th year, the event will be at Ivywild for the first time, ideal because businesses there already have walk-in traffic, Grant said.

“Anyone who’s interested in herbal remedies, learning more about herbalism, sustainability or gardening will enjoy Pikes Peak Herb Fest,” she said. “It’s for the beginners and even the people who’ve been gardening forever who might want to move toward more herbal plants vs. produce. The best part is: We’re offering it for free.”

Educational presentations and “make & takes” will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Barrel Room, no registration necessary. Classes are “Detoxify with Herbs,” “Take a Dose of Nature,” “Recipe for the Apothecary Kitchen,” “Emotional Wellness using Essential Oils,” “Repurpose with Saksaum,” “Avoiding Pitfalls of Toxic Beauty Products” and “Who is the Green Man.”

Sandra Knauf, who is presenting the latter class with a focus on the “green man archetype in the 21st century,” also will sign copies of her book, “Please Don’t Piss on the Petunias: Stories About Raising Kids, Crops & Critters in the City” (Greenwoman Publishing, 2019, 247 pp., $14.95 paperback). Ten percent of book-sale proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Pikes Peak Urban Gardens.

If you don’t get a book Saturday, you’ll have another chance Monday, Earth Day. From 12:01 a.m. to noon, all profits from the book’s sales on Amazon.com will go to PPUG as part of the ”Buy a Book — Build a Garden!” event hosted by Greenwoman Publishing.

“I like to educate people. I’m so interested in all the different holistic modalities, which are very important for health and well-being,” Grant said. “It’s exciting just to be able to have all these different vendors and speakers share with the community. It shows people that gardening is a lot easier than we may think it is.”

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Editor, Pikes Peak Newspapers

Michelle has been editor of the four Pikes Peak Newspapers (Pikes Peak Courier; Tri-Lakes Tribune; Cheyenne Edition; and Woodmen Edition) since June 2019. A Pennsylvania native and Penn State journalism graduate, she joined The Gazette's staff in 2015.

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