Remembering Jim Duke

Remembering Jim Duke, who died December 10, 2017 at the age of 88, we offer audio excerpts of the fun and folksy concert “Herbal Adventures” he gave on June 4, 2011 at Medicines from the Earth in Black Mountain, North Carolina. Photos of JIm’s life and travels provided by Helen Lowe Metzman and Andrea Ottesen. Video assembled by Robin St. James.

James A Duke, PhD was an ethnobotanist, plant researcher, author, musician, songwriter and passionate advocate for the rain forest. He left a legacy of knowledge that will influence botanical medicine for generations.

To quote Mark Blumenthal, director of the American Botanical Council: “He was a brilliant, dedicated, funny, and humble man, who earned the admiration, respect, and love of thousands of scientists and herbal enthusiasts. Jim’s huge body of work, love of plants and people, sense of humor, and generosity of spirit are positive examples for all of us.”

Read an account of Jim’s life and work here:

And another tribute by Jim’s daughter Celia Larsen which tells how to lend support for continuing Jim’s work.