Talk: Weeds, Woodslore and Wildwoods Wisdom with Doug Elliott and Buffet Dinner (CANCELLED)
Venue: Chantilly Farm, Floyd
Organizations: Doug Elliott
Date: Friday, April 17, 2020
Time: 5:00 - 9:00 PM
Event Types: Food, Speaking Engagements
Pop-Up Dinner: $15.00
Buffet Style Dinner: $15.00

UPDATE: In response to the ever changing environment of COVID-19, we are postponing our Herb Fest Gathering at Chantilly Farm.

The Floyd Herb & Plant Festival presents a farm to table buffet style dinner and the talk "Weeds, Woodslore, and Wildwoods Wisdom" with Master Naturalist and Storyteller Doug Elliott on Friday, April 17, 2020 inside Chantilly Farm's Event Barn.

• 5:30 pm: Pop-Up Buffet Style Dinner
• 7:30-9:00 pm: "Weeds, Woodslore, and Wildwoods Wisdom"

Herbalist, naturalist and storyteller Doug Elliott will visit Floyd Herb Fest. Doug will present a lively and informative program of stories, songs, and lore celebrating some of Appalachia’s favorite edible, medicinal, and otherwise useful wild plants, as well as other amazing aspects of the natural world. This fireside style event held inside the Event Barn of Chantilly Farm is open to the public. Advance tickets for Doug's storytelling event are $15.00.

At 5:30 pm, a farm to table buffet style dinner will be available for $15.00. Advance tickets are required.

To purchase tickets online, visit:

Note: Tickets will be available soon for the buffet style dinner at the same link above.

Whether he's pointing out poison ivy, pontificating on poke sallet, crooning about creasy greens, singing about berries, extolling the virtues of dandelions, or telling wild snake tales, Doug Elliott is known for his lively storytelling as well as his broad, practical, scientific, and cultural knowledge of useful wild plants, all flavored with regional dialects, soulful harmonica riffs, and more than a few belly laughs.

“Unique and informative, Doug Elliott is more than an entertainer, he carries within him a rich body of folklore and wisdom,” said Laurie Quesinberry, Floyd Herb Fest Founder and Organizer.

Doug lives in the southern Appalachian Mountains and is an award-winning herbalist and storyteller. He has spent a great deal of time with traditional country folk and indigenous people, learning their stories, folklore, and traditional ways of relating to plants. In recent years he has performed and taught from Canada to the Caribbean. He has been a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, and has conducted workshops and programs at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. He has taught regularly at the International Herb Symposium, the Green Nations Gathering, and Omega Institute. He has trained rangers for the National Park Service and guided people on wilderness experiences from Down East Maine to the Florida Everglades. He was named harmonica champion at Fiddler's Grove Festival in Union Grove, North Carolina.


The Herb Fest welcomes everyone to come out for the Friday evening buffet and storytelling concert and on Saturday enjoy roaming the woods and fields on Doug’s plant walk, shopping with the numerous plant and natural product vendors and enjoy local food and food trucks.

Chantilly Farm is located at 2697 Franklin Pike SE, Floyd, VA.

For more information, visit: or or email Laurie at
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