About Herban Garden
Herban Garden offers a multitude of services and programming that are infused with the values of community-building, accessible learning, and the betterment of the environment through low-cost or free educational services, namely, providing consultations, as well as training or re-training through online webinars and intense interactive virtual or in-person workshops, along with outdoor activities, such as nature walks focused on plant identification, gardening and horticulture (in relation to both outdoor and indoor flora), herbalism, ethnobotany, phytochemistry, urban ecology and ecosystem management.
Our Forest Assessment and Advocacy Pilot Program, and the Herban Youth Explorers Pilot Program are both slated to start in Summer 2023.
Jocelyn Perez-Blanco, Founder of Herban Garden, is an educator, herbalist, urban naturalist, Flower Essence Therapist, conservationist, and avid gardener with a background in biology, animal husbandry and agriculture.
She lives in NYC with her fellow plant-loving husband, 300+ houseplants, and their various pets of the furried, feathered, and scaly variety.
She serves as Executive Director of Herbalists Without Borders, an international non-profit who's mission is to empower and mobilize herbalists working within their communities, and is the Coordinator of the HWB NYC Queens Chapter, and is the organizer for the Herbalists MeetUp Group of NY. She is a member of the American Herbalists Guild’s Board of Directors, serves as Treasurer for the AHG NYC Chapter, and is a member of the Governance Committee, as well as the Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Committee.
As a Citizen Pruner with TreesNY, and a Super Steward, Trail Maintainer, and Corridor Keeper for NYC Parks, Jocelyn leads botanical walks, and participates in street tree care, invasive plant removal, and reforestation projects.
Jocelyn is currently compiling research for a book series and developing an interactive app, with plans to break ground on an Ecology Center and sustainable farm in their land in Costa Rica in late 2022.