I’m co-teaching a two-hour class on Edible Wild Plants on April 30th at the Morris Arboretum, along with horticulture staff member Tom Bishop. Tom is one of the Arboretum’s best-kept secrets and has been nibbling on wild plants for most of his life!
I’ve included he course description below; to sign up, please contact the Arboretum at (215) 247-5777 x 125. More coure info is available at morrisarboretum.org.
In his 1966 book Stalking the Healthful Herbs, Euell Gibbons called stinging nettle “one of the finest and most nutritious foods in the whole plant kingdom.” Now, the Eat Local movement is bringing wild edible plants into the mainstream. Whether you’re a roadside forager gathering nettles, or a farmer’s-market shopper wondering what to do with pokeweed stems or lamb’s-quarters, you will enjoy this hands-on class.
During the first hour, you will learn about the native and introduced edible plants that grow wild in our region’s parks and neighborhoods, as well some as tasty ornamental garden species you never knew you could eat! A foraging tour of the Arboretum’s Natural Areas will follow, during which you will identify and harvest some of these wild edibles. (Some sites can be muddy, so please wear appropriate shoes.) Tom Bishop joined the Arboretum’s Horticulture Staff in 1997 and is a lifelong forager and observer of the natural world. Anne Brennan is a former Arboretum horticulturist who most recently managed the Natural Areas, where wild edible plants abound.
Cost: $25 for members, $30 for non-members.