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 educational services, namely, providing consultations, as well as training or re-training through online webinars and intense interactive in-person workshops, and free outdoor activities, such as nature walks, in the fields of plant identification, gardening and horticulture (in relation to both outdoor and indoor flora), herbology, ethnobotany, phytochemistry, and ecosystem management.
Our Forest Assessment and Advocacy Pilot Program, and the Herban Youth Explorers Pilot Program are slated to start in late Spring and Summer 2022.
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 is currently compiling research for a book series, an interactive app, and plans to break ground on their Ecology Center and sustainable farm in Costa Rica in late 2022.
She currently serves as Assistant Director, and Secretary of the Board for Herbalists Without Borders, and as the Coordinator of the NYC Queens Chapter. She is member of the American Herbalists Guild’s Board of Directors, serves as Treasurer for the AHG NYC Chapter, and is a member of their Governance, as well as their Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Committee.
Her classes are offered on various platforms, such as SocietyX, and she also works as an educator and guide with NYCH20. She was part of the 2020 cohort for Cornell's Community Mushroom Educator Training, and completed the Watershed Forestry Institute for Teachers Summer 2021 program. Her classes have been recommended by The New York Times.
As a Citizen Pruner with TreesNY, and Super Steward and Corridor Keeper for NYC Parks and the Natural Areas Conservancy, Jocelyn leads walks, and participates in street tree care, trail maintenance, invasive plant removal, and reforestation projects.