Adkins Arboretum Offers Soup 'n Walk Programs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (RIDGELY, MD—JANUARY 31, 2011)

Adkins Arboretum has announced the winter and spring lineup for its popular Soup ’n Walk programs. Discover green plants in winter, early blooms, ephemeral flowers and sure signs of spring. Following a guided walk through the Arboretum’s woodland, meadows and wetland, enjoy a delicious and nutritious lunch along with a brief lesson about the meal’s nutritional value. Copies of recipes are provided. Offerings include:

Find the Green Plants that Cherish the Warm Winter Sun
Sat., Feb. 19, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

This program focuses on mosses, cranefly orchid, magnolia and holly leaves, pine and red cedar needles, Christmas fern and the green stems of strawberry bush and greenbrier. Menu: thick and hearty vegetable chili, green salad with creamy cucumber dressing, brown rice bread with spinach spread and date oatmeal spice bars.

Check out the Early Purple and Pink Blooms
Sat., March 19, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

On this walk, look for skunk cabbage, spring beauty and bloodroot. Participants may choose from one- or two-hour walks. Menu: beet and cabbage soup, black-eyed pea salad, cornmeal flaxseed muffins and cherry pie.

Look Again! The Ephemerals are Fleeting Pink and Yellow Blooms
Sat., April 23, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Learn about pink spring beauty, may apple and dogwood blossoms, yellow trout lily, golden groundsel, sassafras and spicebush blossoms, and white beech tree blossoms. Participants may choose from one- or two-hour walks. Menu: spring lentil soup, ginger carrot salad with cranberries, ancient grain bread with orange marmalade and fudge cake brownies.

Each Soup ’n Walk program is $20 per person for members, $25 per person for the general public. Register online at www.adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0. To schedule Soup ’n Walk programs for groups of 15 or more, contact Ginna Tiernan, Adult Program Coordinator, at 410-634-2847, ext. 27 or gtiernan@adkinsarboretum.org.

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. Through its Campaign to Build a Green Legacy, the Arboretum will build a new LEED-certified Arboretum Center and entranceway to broaden educational offerings and research initiatives promoting best practices in conservation and land stewardship. For additional information about Arboretum programs, visit www.adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.