NEW PHILADELPHIA -- On Wednesday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m., the Tuscarawas County Public Library will welcome Dr. Randi Pokladnik to present an informative seminar called "Green Gold."
Her talk will focus on the medicinal plants were once the basis for most pharmaceuticals in the United States. She will discuss both the cures these plants provided and the considerable economic importance they gave to the region.
Information about the historical and modern medicinal uses of many local plants that will be harvested in the spring will be presented, with the focus on the top three: Ginseng, goldenseal and black cohosh. Ginseng harvests, specifically, remain extremely valuable in Appalachian communities. Sources of seeds, planting techniques and threats to the plants will also be discussed.
Dr. Pokladnik credits her paternal grandmother with leading her to treasure plants.
"My grandmother made dandelion wine and sassafras tea. She also recognized the value of the outdoors in a child's life, so I spent most of my young years roaming the forests behind my home," she said.
After 12 years as a research chemist, Dr. Pokladnik currently is teaching chemistry classes at Garaway High School. She and her husband have cultivated ginseng on four acres of woods near Tappan Lake and her passion is to inspire future generations to love and respect nature.
This free program will take place at the library's main location at 121 Fair Ave. NW in New Philadelphia. Register by calling the library's reference department at 330-364-4474.
Dr. Pokladnik will also speak at the library's Bolivar location on Tuesday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m. and at the library's Sugarcreek location on Tuesday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m.