About Us

About Us

The Winter Sun Trading Company was established in 1976 in Arizona by Phyllis Hogan.

Phyllis owns and operates this unique family business. The shop specializes in Native American art and Southwest botanicals. The art gallery offers a wide range of genuine hand crafted jewelry, baskets, paintings, and a wide variety of Traditional style Hopi Katsina carvings.

The Winter Sun apothecary started with 25 plants. Most of those were ceremonial or ritual herbs. Today we offer one of the largest selections of organic and wild crafted herbs in the Southwest. Our plants are harvested at the time of their optimal strength and hand processed by knowledgeable Winter Sun staff-- no animal testing is done. Our liquid extracts-- referred to as tinctures-- are easier to use, convenient, and more potent than tea. Our goal is to provide the finest service available to our wonderful patrons and we are glad to help you in any way.

 

The Winter Sun Staff standing in the gallery of the store. There are two cute poodles dogs in the photo.
Phyllis and her golden doodle dog, Teddi stand in Winter Sun

The Winter Sun Staff


Phyllis Hogan

Phyllis Hogan

Phyllis Hogan has been a practicing Southwest herbalist for 25 years. She is the proprietor of the Winter Sun Trading Company, located in Flagstaff, Arizona, USA established in 1976. Winter Sun specializes in traditional organic southwest herbs and tinctures and American Indian Art, focusing on the Hopi and Navajo of northern Arizona.

In 1983 she co-founded the Arizona Ethnobotanical Research Association (AERA), a 501(c)(3) private nonprofit educational and scientific organization. The AERA was organized to investigate, document, and preserve traditional plant use in Arizona and the greater southwest. The AERA was recently awarded recognition by the American Herbalist guild at their 14th annual symposium for outstanding contributions in the field of American ethnobotany.

Hogan has lectured on southwest herbal medicines and their traditional uses throughout the United States and in Finland. In April of 2000 she was keynote speaker for the first ethnobotanical festival at the Lady Bird Johnson Wild Flower Center in Austin,Texas. She has taught ethnobotany in bilingual education programs and health education for the Pima, Hualapai, Havasupai, Hopi, and Navajo tribes.

 

Anthony Delagarza

Anthony Delagarza

Anthony has been working and studying at Winter Sun for over ten years.  He is your go-to guy for expertise in Native American Art, Jewelry and Katsina Dolls.  He is also charmingly referred to as the unofficial mayor of downtown Flagstaff, and once you meet him you'll know why!

Melissa Quercia

Melissa has been studying herbalism for over a decade. She was introduced to the wonders of plant medicine while working in an organic garden in Taos, New Mexico. There she formed a connection with the plants that was life-changing. She continued on to study locally at the Forager's Path School of Botanical Medicine, then interned at the Herb Pharm in Williams, Oregon. She has returned to her home in the Southwest, and has been working and studying here at Winter Sun for the past 7 years. Melissa is truly passionate about sharing the empowering wisdom of plant medicine.

Meaghan Smith

Meaghan Smith

Meaghan Smith has her roots in Cultural Anthropogy, Ayurvedic Nutrition and cooking.  Meaghan is the proprietor and chef at Harvest Catering, a small, locally owned and operated business located in Flagstaff, Arizona.  Meaghan is committed to the profound healing power of sustainable, locally-grown, organic foods and is a passionate advocate of the local foods movement, as well as farm to table meals. Meaghan believes that Mother Nature has provided humanity with everything necessary to not only nourish but to heal the body.  She trusts in the ability of plants to facilitate the healing process, which has led to a deeper study of botanical medicine which inevitably led her to work and study at Winter Sun Trading Company.

Amy Perry

Amy Perry

Amy has been working at Winter Sun for 7 years.  She has a passion and love for healing plants.  She has background in Art, graphic Design, gardening and landscaping.  She is often behind the scenes keeping the shop running smoothly!

Sun Johnston

Sun has been in education for the last 10 years. In May of 2019, Sun earned an MA in Sustainable Communities with an emphasis in restorative and transformative justice. Sun has always included the more-than-human world in her work with students. From engaging the Earth in critical conversation, spending time outside, or inviting students to engage planting, harvesting, and building meaningful relationships with what is easily taken for granted. As a lifelong learner, Sun chose to take some time away from education to focus on cultivating plant allies, connections to medicines, and building deeper knowledge around herbalism. In the future, Sun hopes to integrate this experience with youth who are dreaming of a more sustainable and connected future.

Jazlee Crowley

Jazlee Crowley is Flagstaff born and raised, and has worked at Winter Sun Trading Co. since she was 15. She earned her Biology and Chemistry degree at NAU, and hopes to pursue her passion in pollinator research.