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NameBiography
Suzanna Cameron Suzanna Cameron is the owner/head designer at Stems Brooklyn. She began teaching workshops in Sycamore bar where her flower shop is located 2 years ago. Initially inspired to teach classes by recognizing the unusual pairing of bar/flowershop she began hosting monthly, Boozy Flower Workshops. Since beginning classes she has developed a passion for creating a fun, carefree teaching style which is made to make students feel like your more at a party while teaching flower care/design. Drawn to wild, rustic and unusual flowers, design became an instant passion to her 4 years ago on a random opportunity to work in a flower shop. "I believe flower designing is as much feel as rules. Like any artistic endeavor, flowers are about moving with the wildness of nature instead of trying to make it conform to our ideas of design." A North Carolina native, Suzanna is a young entrepreneur living in Ditmas Park.
Sara Chana Silverstein Sara Chana Silverstein is a master herbalist RH (AHG), classical homeopath, international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC), TV personality, lecturer, author, wife, and mother of seven children. She has taught thousands of people-including pediatricians, midwives, obstetricians, and surgeons-how to integrate alternative and conventional medicines into their lives and practices. Sara Chana shows her clients how to use foods as medicine and how to successfully use herbs and homeopathy to keep themselves and their families healthy. Her fun, interactive workshops aim to impart knowledge and passion about plants and an understanding of their simple uses that empower and heal us.
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Madineyah Isaacs Madineyah Isaacs is a personal mastery and leadership coach and floral enthusiast representing Stems Brooklyn. She loves nature and helping people get back to their true nature; combining these two passions into mindfulness flower arranging was a natural step. Her 13-year career includes extensive traveling and coaching, in group settings and one-on-one, in Italy, London, the Middle East, and elsewhere.
Meera Jagroop Meera Jagroop is manager of BBG's Discovery Garden and Family Programs. She holds a BS in natural history from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and an MSEd from Bank Street College of Education. Having spent most of her life in cities, Meera is especially interested in nature's presence in urban environments. She is passionate about integrating the arts and sciences and inspiring wonder and curiosity about the natural world for learners of all ages.
Robert Moss Robb Moss is a freelance florist and floral instructor at BBG and the New York Botanical Garden and also teaches classes for local gardeners and social clubs.
Krissie Nagy Krissie Nagy has been making and selling her whimsical kokedama at the Brooklyn Flea since April, 2013. She is also the owner of BK Bumpkin, an ecological garden design/build firm based in Brooklyn. When Krissie isn't building a garden or making a moss ball, she is usually cooking meals at home and feeding her pet worms the kitchen scraps.
Cheryl Paswater Cheryl Paswater is a Brooklyn-based certified fermentationist , educator, and health coach, who after a near-death experience turned to holistic medicine for help. After radical diet and lifestyle changes, she started teaching fermentation, old-world food preservation, healthy eating, sustainable food, and holistic health. She runs a popular fermentation project and CSA called Contraband Ferments.
Dawn Petter Dawn Petter teaches classes about the art of plant-based healing with the aim of making herbs and herbal medicine applicable to people's daily lives. She incorporates her training from Arbor Vitae School of Traditional Herbalism with her natural creative flare. In addition to teaching, Dawn works as a herbalist and flower-essence practitioner, leads herb walks, and runs an online apothecary shop called Petalune Herbals.
Christopher Roddick Christopher Roddick is an ISA-certified arborist at BBG. He is also the coauthor of the BBG handbook The Tree Care Primer, a BBG All-Region Guide.
Anne Walsh Anne Walsh holds degrees in art education and art history and is a member of the Guild for Natural Science Illustrators. She has taught classes at the Custer Institute, Southold L.I., Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz N.Y., as well as in private and public schools. A member of the Brooklyn Watercolor Society, she has been a BBG instructor for 30 years.
Julianne Zaleta Julianne Zaleta is a professional herbalist, aromatherapist, and natural perfumer. As the proprietor of the Brooklyn-based Alchemologie Natural Perfume, she crafts artisanal and bespoke perfumes as well as aromatic and therapeutic remedies and elixirs for a wide variety of ailments. She is a certified aromatherapist as well as a licensed massage therapist and meditation teacher.