SCNM – A great place to hold an herbal conference

The Commons at SCNM. New sustainably built classroom and clinic building
Herb Garden
SCNM Herb Garden in full bloom (See more photos below)

Back in 1996, the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) occupied a small building in Scottsdale. The school had recently opened its doors and the first Southwest Conference on Botanical Medicine was held that April. We had an enthusiastic crowd of naturopathic students, health professionals, local herbalists and volunteers. Some of you may remember that first panel discussion on Saturday night, under the stars in the inner courtyard–since there was no central meeting hall large enough!

SCNM has since moved to Tempe, and is now one of the top schools in the US for training naturopathic physicians.  It is also one of the first colleges in the country to qualify for LEED certification, a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. The herbal conference is an annual event here, and the profits help support the botanical medicine program at the school.

The two photos above illustrate why SCNM is such a special place: the commitment to the environment through sustainable… building practices, and the herb garden lovingly tended by JoAnn Sanchez and her students. The indoor classrooms provide a comfortable environment for lectures, and the herb garden offers a welcome change for outdoor medicine making classes and meals.

SCNM also offers a shaded parking lot (covered with solar panels which generate a large portion of the electricity used by the school), and a feeling of being insulated from the bustling roads and highways nearby.

This is why it’s such a great place for an herbal medicine conference. We hope you will join us and see for yourself!

Entrance to the new Commons
herbal conference
The original SCNM building
herb conference garden
Meals in the shady garden
New solar array does double-duty as parking lot shade
SCNM Herb Garden Deborah Frances
Herb Garden lecture with Deborah Frances a few years ago
JoAnn Sanchez designed, planted and tends the SCNM herb garden with her students.
Garden updates March 2016! The SCNM garden is now in full bloom.  Take a look at some of these beautiful photos courtesy Patricia Gaines.
Dine at the picnic tables in the garden under flowers and cooling deep shade
Pride of the herb garden, these hollyhocks are showy and also have medicinal value
Milk thistle and bee by Patricia Gaines
The milk thistle has never been more vibrant!