Ethnobotanist's Corner

Hello! My name is Rick Hederstrom. I worked as Associate Director / Ethnobotanist at The Botanic Gardens at Kona Kai Resort from January 2011 until August 2014, at which time I began life as a monk. Prior to working at The Botanic Gardens at Kona Kai Resort, I majored in Ethnobotany at Connecticut College (one of only a couple universities at the time to offer a major specifically in that field), and had spent time studying the uses of plants among Native Americans as well as the Quechua and Matsigenka peoples of Peru; managing the glasshouse at Connecticut College; identifying and mapping invasive species at The Holden Arboretum; doing horticultural maintenance at Cleveland Botanical Garden; collecting, recording, and analyzing remembered plant remedies with the Ethnomedica Project at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens; and conducting plant inventories, mapping plants, entering data into BG-Base, and creating plant labels in the Plant Records department at The Holden Arboretum.

Thoughts on topics related to "Why Plants Matter" in my own words.

Selections of some of my favorite quotes and photos I took at the Gardens.