Touching Grass

with a tincture-making take-home

Accompanying reflections on land present in both exhibitions This Land and HOST: Aryel René Jackson as well as Manik Raj Nakra’s upcoming mural at the Jones Center, we invite you to engage with nature in a series this season, Touching Grass at Laguna Gloria.

Join us in exploring our physical relationship to the landscape, engage with the history and function of native plants, and even grab kid-friendly art kits inspired by nature!

On this evening of Touching Grass at Laguna Gloria, take a closer look at the flora of the grounds through a plant walk and tincture making activity.

Leading the walk is Paustian Hajek, Groundskeeper at Laguna Gloria, alongside herbalist Liz Hess, who will observe and identify medicinal and other functional aspects of the plants.

Following the walk, Hess will facilitate an interactive tincture making workshop to take home using fresh plant material harvested along the trail. A tincture is a form of medicine which infuses a plant into a menstrum such as alcohol, sits for about a month and then strained, extracting and preserving the constituents. Tincturing is an accessible way to enjoy plant medicine that lasts year-round.

Bringing your own recycled jar and lid is encouraged. This walk has limited capacity of 20 people, early registration is encouraged.

On your way out, don't forget to grab your curated art kit (one adult & family friendly kit per registration is available). This particular kit includes materials to mix and mold seed bombs to spread pollinator-friendly plants in your community.

For accommodation requests, please email salexander@thecontemporaryaustin.org.

About Liz Hess

Liz Hess is a local herbalist working with Earth Commons Apothecary and the Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine. She practices bioregional herbalism, using local weedy and invasive plants in effort to protect threatened and endangered species.

Thanks to our promotional partners Earth Commons.