Your Herbalists


Nicole Telkes Founder and Director of the Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine, Practicing Herbalist, Wild Spirit Botanicals.  Nicole has a deep love of herbs and wild places.  You can read more about her at  Her herbal remedies and products come from almost 15 years of experience going through the entire process of gathering, processing, formulating, creating and selling herbal remedies in Austin and Central Texas.  She has a private line of herbs called Wild Spirit and custom formulates for several businesses.   Her new book the Medicinal Plants of Texas is now available through her personal site.

Brennan Paige Courtney Brennan's affinity for plants began at an early age.  She grew up in the Texas Hill Country, making concoctions of blackberry leaves and honeysuckle in the backyard and climbing the majestic Oaks.  Her grandparents lived out in West Texas.  They taught her the names of all the cacti species and the 101 uses of Creosote at a young age.  She began studying herbs in books and making preparations in 2008, creating tea blends, fire cider and salves for her friends and family.  Brennan is  graduating from the clinical path at the Wildflower School and is devoted to serving the community as a practicing herbalist.  She helps out as a TA for community program wildflowers as well as harvesting native plants and medicine making in the Wildflower School Apothecary.

Emily Bradford Emily is happy in the Wildflower School apothecary making remedies and keeping up with the Community Supported Herbalism program. Her wild inclinations began as a girl on her grandparents' West Texas cattle ranch. There she learned to love the land through grandma’s storytelling and curious moments on the range. She completed the community herbalist program with the Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine in 2012 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Texas State University. She looks forward to plant walks, botany lessons, and gardening with students - her favorite subjects to teach! Emily is currently TA-ing at the school as well as serving her community as a member of the San Marcos Neighborhood Gardens project. 




"Megan is a 5th generation Texan who grew up exploring the wilds of the Central Texas Hill Country on horseback. The women in her family seem to have a particular predilection towards Kingdom Plantae, a tradition she embodies through her work growing and using medicinal plants. Megan earned a B.A. in Painting and Art History, attended Pratt Institute in NYC, and since moving back to Central Austin, has been building an urban homestead with her partner that they recently transformed into a gourmet and medicinal mushroom farm, Fallen Oak Mushrooms. A student of the Wildflower School since the Fall of 2013, she is greatly looking forward to graduating from the clinical program this December as well as assisting with the schools curriculum."

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