Garden-side Distillation with Gathered Botanicals

Garden-side Distillation with Gathered Botanicals
Registration Begins
7/22/2022 8:00 AM
Last Day To Register
8/17/2022 3:00 PM
Age Requirement
Birthdate cannot be after 8/19/2009
3145 Milo Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504, US
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Join Aubrey Winfield from Gathered Botanicals for an evening of botanical distillation using an aromatic herb from the Blandford farm. In this program you will participate in preparing the herbs, learn about the basic principles of distilling in a copper alembic still, make a traditional rye four paste to seal the still, and discuss what hydrosols are and how to use them. While the herbs are distilling you will take an herb walk with herbalist Camilla Voelker and end with bottling the hydrosol you've participated in preparing. You will take a mini bottle home!

Instructor: Aubrey Winfield is a trained professional chef and chef instructor. After running a recreational cooking school for 8 years, and educating on the importance of what we put into our bodies; Aubrey began taking a closer look at what we put onto our bodies. Adapting her culinary skills for topical use, Gathered Botanicals began. Becoming a botanically driven way to care for our bodies through organic oils and seasonal plants. 

This program is for ages 13 and up.


Adult Member: $20

13 and up Member: $20

Adult Non-member: $25

13 and up Non-member: $25


Your program will be taking place at Blandford Farm, located at 3145 Milo Street NW, Grand Rapids MI 49504.


Please Note: This program will take place entirely outdoors. In the event of inclement weather, this program will be canceled, and participants will be notified of their refund options.


Registration will close on August 15 at 12pm. If you are trying to register after registration has closed, please call the visitor center at 616-735-6240 for registration information.


COVID-19 Information: Starting March 14, 2022, Blandford Nature Center no longer requires masks indoors or outdoors for staff, general visitors, or program participants. We continue to monitor local COVID rates and may reinstate masking requirements for staff, general visitors, and program participants of all ages, regardless of vaccination status, when community health concerns rise. If you have any questions about our COVID policies and procedures for programs, please contact our Program Manager at 616-735-6240 or email

$20.00 per Adult - Member
$25.00 per Adult - Non-Member
$20.00 per Teen - Member
$25.00 per Teen - Non-Member
Cancellation Policy
Notice must be received at least 7 business days before the scheduled program to receive a 75% refund. There will be no refunds issued after that time. Due to processing fees, full refunds are not available. All Community Programs will be held unless there is severe weather. Please come prepared for the elements as refunds are not available for weather-related conditions except in the case of severe weather. All Community Programs will have a registrant minimum. If the minimum is not met, you will be contacted by Blandford Nature Center and notified of your refund options.

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