Grow Your Own Medicine Cabinet

Turn your brown thumb green, or green thumb greener while enhancing your own health! Roots Medicine Gardens is a unique Denver-based gardening company that tailors your garden to your personal well-being. Founded in 2014 by herbalist and gardener, Marla Alexander, who believes that everyone should have access to healing herbs. Take on wellness in a completely hands on way – growing and harvesting your own herbal remedies, right where you live!

We start with an intake of your own current health picture, taking into account health history and present concerns, and then we head outside for a look at what is available for herbification! Whether you want a lot of herbs or just an essential few (and every amount in between!), it’s all up to you. I’ll be your personal herb garden coach – giving tips on growing healthy plants, how and when to harvest your herbs, and finally, hands on instruction on how to turn your harvest into remedies you can use all year long.

You can address your overall health – enhance the functioning of your digestive and immune systems, get deeper sleep and relaxation, have first aid herbal medicine on hand for minor burns, cuts, stings, etc. or get more specific with your needs.

Benefits to You:

  • Personalized Plant Choices – Garden designs for your needs! I work with you and your yard (or pots on a balcony, if the case may be) to produce a custom garden that helps address your particular needs.
  • Environmentally Friendly – Locally harvested herbs means a smaller carbon footprint, and high quality herbs that are fresh! You know exactly where your herbs came from and how they were grown.
  • One on One Guided Instruction – I will demonstrate a variety of techniques involving everything from growing your herbs and harvesting them at their peak potency, to learning how to make effective herbal preparations such as teas, salves, tinctures, cough syrups, etc.
  • Empowerment – You will have simple remedies for yourself, and knowledge that benefits your family and community. You gain a personal relationship with the plants that go into your medicine making.



Disclaimer – This website and the contents of it are intended for educational purposes only. If you have a medical condition or health emergency, seek advice from a qualified medical healthcare professional!

Recent Blog Posts

April 15, 2017

New for 2017 – Plant Walk Series

Beginning in May, and continuing through September, I will be doing monthly plant walks in the Congress Park and Park Hill neighborhoods. These will be in the evenings of the third and fourth Thursdays, respectively, (specific dates and times to follow at the end of this post). The first plant walk I attended was half Read More

March 2, 2017

Waking from Hibernation

My little bit of earth is greening, slowly, which sprouts all kinds of ideas, goals, resolutions – much like New Year’s Eve and Day do for many. I never have really connected with the concept of self-improvement or renewal at the Gregorian calendar New Year, but in late winter, when days start getting longer and Read More

October 20, 2015

Feeling Extra-Curricular

Gardening is at a slow pace right now, with the waning of the season, which has given me time to pursue some extra learning opportunities to deepen my knowledge, as well as get prepared to teach an upcoming workshop on herbs for the immune system! In the last few weeks, I have been blessed enough Read More

September 8, 2015

From Seed to Soap: A Small Business Collaboration

When I was moments away from launching my medicinal gardening business in April of 2014, I had a meeting with the owner of another new small business to see if there was any way we could somehow help each other out. I want to make healing gardens for people, and she wants her products to heal dry irritated skin, one store shelf and artisan market at a time. I created a body care garden for her, thinking that maybe plants that I had grown from seed would some day end up in some of her products, and I could take pride in knowing that I had a small part of the process.

July 7, 2015

My 2015 Garden Goals

Every year I try to include new things that I haven’t tried before into my gardens, while keeping my mainstays on board as well. When it comes to vegetable and herb gardening, I am mostly self-taught. I didn’t grow up with a gardening family, and even though I’ve worked in greenhouses, growing plants in the soil outside your door is far different than keeping potted plants in a greenhouse alive. So, sometimes gardening lessons take years to learn.