Sequoyah Birthplace Museum to host lecture series

by Feb 21, 2012Happenings, NEWS ka-no-he-da0 comments

     Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, located near Vonore, Tenn., will hold the first of their lecture series “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” plants and will be held on Sunday, Feb. 26 from 2-3 p.m. featuring local business owner Avi Askey of the Overhill Gardens and Ila Hatter. 

     Avi Askey will be lecturing on invasive plants and how to eradicate them.

     Ila Hatter is an interpretive naturalist, artist, storyteller, and wild crafter with more than 30 years experience teaching the cultural heritage of native plants.  Ila is publisher of “Roadside Rambles”, a wild foods cookbook, and a video series: “wild Edibles and Medicinals of Southern Appalachia and Mountain Kitchen”.  She hosted three Folkways programs for PBS/UNC-TV, and has appeared on CNN, Turner/South, RFDTV, and A&E.

     There are more plant species here than in the entire North American continent including Canada. The indigenous people knew which plants were “the Good Plants” for food, medicines, and household use.  In many cases they shared that knowledge with the incoming settlers.  Even today we can enjoy having those plants, trees, shrubs, in our home landscape. There are flavors that cannot be bought, home remedies at hand, and interesting folklore to share.

     This lecture is free and open to the public.  Info:  Sequoyah Birthplace Museum at 423-884-6246 or

– Sequoyah Birthplace Museum