Welcome to Botaniscape―Nature’s Answer for Nurture™: Celebrating the beauty of our world, and the joy, peace and healing of Herbalism in a community of care.
Authored and edited by budding Herbalist and Journalist, Publisher, Author and Artist/Designer, Loretta Boyer McClellan, known fondly as Lori, Botaniscape™ is a state of well-being in this authentic journey of living an abundant life of balance, peace, beauty, compassion and awareness, where Nature nurtures, most notably through Herbalism—the study and engaged art of partnering beings with herbs that promote self-healing.
Botaniscape: From the Latin, “botanica,” meaning botany or plant life, and “scape,” meaning a view or picture of a scene. From our perspective, the view is magnificent, as Nature intended, particularly when shared in heartfelt community!
Botaniscape™ is nature’s playground, a positive place to engage, share and inspire through venues such as books, herbal recipes, reviews, photography, fine art, design, poetry and articles, with nature, Herbalism and well-being as primary themes. As nature evolves, so do we, so check back often for blossoms of growth!
Lori rediscovered her childhood connection to supportive plants through an intuitive journey, leading to Herbalism. It naturally presented itself as a most steadfast companion for her growing repertoire in the Creative and Self-Healing Arts. As with all her studies, Lori’s herbal education is ongoing, through self-study and several Herbalism schools and teachers. Rosemary Gladstar, Deb Soule, Marlene Adelmann and The Herbal Academy, Juliet Blankespoor and Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, Rosalee De La Forêt, Maria Noël Groves and Robin Wall Kimmerer are notable influencers.
A compassionate soul, Lori is a San Jose, California native, based in the San Francisco Bay Area with abiding ties to New England, Hawaii and Japan. A universal citizen, in addition to her herbal pursuits, Lori is an author, publisher, journalist and creative writer. Writing as Loretta Boyer McClellan, she is the author of the Misthaven of Maine Series: Misthaven of Maine and Misthaven of Maine: Journey to Beyond; as well as her work of poetry, Dodging Raindrops: Poems and Prose of Beauty, Peace and Healing; and her memoir, The Nature of Being: A Healing Journey. Also an artist, visit Lori’s other realms at: LorettaBoyerMcClellan.com and McClellanCreative.com.
The Botaniscape™ Journey:
Botaniscape™ first came into being around the millennium in 2000, initially a name inspired and intended for a future nature-centric purpose. The website/domain name was purchased with hopeful anticipation at that time, with continuous renewal ever since. As landscape design was a burgeoning part of Lori’s life then, Botaniscape was considered for that incarnation; however, the endeavor was deemed a lovely idea, but not the truest purpose or time for the name. In the mid-2000s and again in 2012, flutterings of intention reemerged, but were tabled as Lori’s energies as an author, artist, poet, meditator and Reiki practitioner, then later Reiki teacher, took flight. Lori’s fourth book and memoir, The Nature of Being: A Healing Journey, published in 2015, was an ensign for Nature’s gifts, and the importance of living our true nature. That reflective writing process garnered an abiding resurgence of honoring Nature’s bounty. In 2016, Lori held hands again with Mother Earth as closely and as purely as she did as a child: through reconnecting with Herbalism and its study. It is this same “Beginner’s Mind,” as Shunryu Suzuki once said, that is her approach, so that always, the joy and celebration of simple discovery is forefront.
“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.” ―Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”―John Muir
Thank you for Visiting Botaniscape―Nature’s Answer for Nurture™
Disclaimer: The author is not an attorney, medical professional, nutritionist or dietician. Content on this website is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to substitute for legal advice, medical treatment or diagnosis and is not monitored or evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration/FDA. Consult your health care provider if you are experiencing any symptoms and before using any herbal product. When wildcrafting or foraging for plants, do so ethically; be accompanied by an expert; and always have absolute certainty of plant identification before using or consuming any herbs. Any application of the material provided is at the reader’s discretion and is his or her sole responsibility.