About

OUR MISSION is to educate, stimulate, empower, and support people and the plants by offering the highest quality herbal products, something for the novice herbalist to the hardcore ethnobotanist. Drink menu at the bar includes teas, coffee, shrubs, elixirs, oxymels, and sparkling and fermented wonders. Come in and warm yourself by the fire and enjoy something you never tasted and shop for herbal oddity to share with loved ones.

Owner, Susan Leopold, PhD.

Susan is an ethnobotanist and passionate defender of biodiversity. Over the past 20 years, Susan has worked extensively with indigenous peoples in Peru and Costa Rica. She is the Executive Director of United Plant Savers [www.unitedplantsavers.org] and Director of the Sacred Seeds Project. Prior to working at United Plant Savers, she was a rare botanical book librarian at the Oak Spring Garden Library, specializing in digitizing rare herbals and botanical travel manuscripts. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Botanical Dimensions and the Center for Sustainable Economy.
 
She is an advisory board member of ABC and a co-founder of the Medicines from the Edge conference in Costa Rica. She is a proud member of the Patawomeck Indian Tribe of Virginia and the author of the children's book Isabella's Peppermint Flower, teaching about Virginia's botanical history. She lives on and manages a productive farm, the Indian Pipe Botanical Sanctuary with her three children in Virginia, where she raises goats, peacocks, and herbs. She is an avid recreational tree climber, in love with the canopy just as much as the herbs of the forest floor.
 
 

Manager & Event Coordinator, Christine Harris

Christine heard her first calling from the plants when she was 18 years old, during her first year at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Her entire world and way of thinking changed when she stepped into the student-run organic garden on campus which quickly spiraled into her love of plants, growing her own food and teaching others what she was learning along the way. She loved the way the garden offered space for people of all backgrounds to come together in community to share the abundance of the plants and nature. She saw the potential that the garden had in engaging more of the community to connect with plants, and quickly stepped into a leadership role to make that happen. The student run organization grew immensely through Christine organizing many garden events, workshops, presentations, and two huge organic seedling sales. During her time at GMU she also held the presidency of another sustainability- focused student group, interned for the Office of Sustainability for three years, and co-founded the GMU Chapter for the Real Food Challenge.
 
Fast forward to today, Christine holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology with a minor in Applied Conservation, a Certificate in Permaculture Design and a Foundations in Grassroots Herbalism Certificate from Centro Ashé. She is now the Manager and Event Coordinator for the Paris Apothecary in Paris, VA where she manages the store space and organizes community events and workshops on topics related to the arts, ecology and healing. When she is not at the apothecary, she is working as a veterinary assistant at a small animal clinic, gardening, making herbal preparations, exploring the forests around her and taking care of her chickens and guineas on an organic farm in Linden, VA.

Susan Leopold, PhDSusan Leopold, PhD
www.unitedplantsavers.org
leopold@igc.org

 

 

Christine Harris
B.S. Biology & Applied Conservation
Manager & Event Coordinator