Sunday, July 19, 2015

We Will Miss You, Charlotte

Charlotte Tenney

We are saddened to report the passing of longtime San Diego Herb Guild member Charlotte Tenney. Charlotte was a member of the San Diego Herb Club (now Guild) for more than 20 years. During that time she was instrumental in founding the Trees for Health Arboretum, along with Herb Club members Barbara Carey and Fern Wilson. Trees for Health began in 1995 and has evolved into an arboretum with more than 70 trees, shrubs, and ground covers, all with medicinal uses. Charlotte's vision for the garden has kept growing over the years, and includes educational outreach with videos posted on You Tube, a new Five Flavors of Health Tour, and a class for students of naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University. In March 2015, Charlotte was our featured speaker and spoke on "Herbs for Supporting Cancer Recovery" at the San Diego Herb Guild's first Herbal Marketplace and Program. The talk drew one of the largest crowds the Guild has hosted. Charlotte's depth of knowledge and great delivery captivated the 70+ people in attendance.

In addition to her work at Trees for Health, Charlotte has volunteered at Shakti Rising and had a regular column on herbal medicine in the Presidio Sentinel. She pursued a Masters in Integrative Health and made connections with practitioners at Scripps Integrative Health. She led the annual tour of medicinal plants for the Scripps Natural Supplement Conference at the San Diego Botanic Gardens. Charlotte has made a notable contribution to herbal medicine in San Diego.

Charlotte not only believed in the power of integrative and alternative health care, but embraced it on her own journey of healing. She sought out and found a treatment with someone - Dr. Ben Johnson - who believed in her ability to heal. Charlotte knew that integrative medical treatment, nutrition, supplements and exercise work with the body to enable it to heal itself.
The Scripps Natural Supplements Conference

Charlotte leaves beyond a wonderful legacy for us to enjoy now as well as for future generations to enjoy and find healing from. Rest in peace Charlotte, you were loved by so very many. We will miss you.
Strewing herbs for a presentation at San Diego Herb Guild

Dedicating the Ylang Ylang tree to Fern Wilson

Charlotte at a San Diego Herb Guild meeting

Charlotte and visitors to the Trees for Health Garden

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