April 7, 2019
50 chairs facing the front with a center aisle - MA
66 Leavitt Street
Hingham, MA 02043
Jen Van Gelder Gallagher: 617-784-6167
Sunday, April 7, 2019
Nibbling on Natives in Your Back Yard and Beyond
There’s an increasing interest among homeowners, property managers and others to utilize more native species in their landscaping, thanks to books like Doug Tallamy’s Bringing Nature Home, which extol the virtues of native plants over exotic ornamentals for attracting and sustaining beneficial insects. Yet, for some people, this alone may insufficient motivation to “go native”. Perhaps knowing that many native species are edible by people too will provide the additional incentive you need to add native species to your yard. Juneberries, for example, are equally edible by animals (songbirds, e.g.) and people alike. The taste of the ripe fruit is like a cross between cherries and almonds (they’re all related species in the Rose family).
Join Russ Cohen, expert forager and author of Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten, for a 60-minute slide show featuring at least two dozen species of native edible wild plants suitable for adding to your own landscape, or nibbling on as you encounter them in other locales. Keys to the identification of each species will be provided, along with edible portions, seasons of availability and preparation methods, along with guidelines for safe and environmentally responsible foraging. Russ will also include a few details regarding some native edible plants he has grown successfully from seed, and the partnerships he has made with conservation groups and others to add edible native plants to their landscapes. Last but not least, Russ will accompany his talk with handouts and bring along samples of foraged goodies made from edible native species for people to taste.