University of Mount Olive Hosting Medicinal Plant Lecture

MOUNT OLIVE – University of Mount Olive is hosting a lecture about medicinal plants by Dr. A.J. Bullard on Tuesday, February 12, at 7 p.m. in videoconference rooms 114 and 115 of the Communications Building adjacent to Moye Library. This program is one of the Wayne County Reads events related to Rudolfo Anaya’s novel Bless Me, Ultima.
Bullard is a retired dentist who writes the column “Botany with Bullard” in the Mount Olive Messenger. He is particularly knowledgeable of the woody flora of eastern North Carolina and will lecture about medicinal plants and herbs that have surprising healing properties.
In addition to the medicinal plants, he will discuss edible plants and beautifully flowering plants.  He will discuss Yaupon (used in tea), Summer Sweet (used for soap and for honey forage), Jerusalem Oak (used to purge hook and tape worms from farm animals and humans).  Also featured will be lovely flowers such as silky camellia, magnolia vine, and mountain laurel and edible herbs such as poke weed and wild vanilla (used as a fragrance and commercially used in smoking tobacco).
Wayne County Reads is a community-wide reading campaign for Wayne County, N.C., established in 2004.  The 2013 Wayne County Reads partners include: University of Mount Olive, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Library, Wayne Community College, Wayne Community College Cultural Diversity/Global Education Task Force, Wayne Country Day School, Caminando Juntos Club of the Wayne County Extension and Community Association, Wayne County Public Library System, Wayne County Public Schools, and many interested individuals.
For more information, please contact Cynthia Hughes at 919-658-4916 or
University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The College, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville. For more information, visit