Learn About Edible Landscapes September 15 at Adkins Arboretum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (RIDGELY, MD—SEPTEMBER 7, 2012)

Beyond their beauty and bountiful flavors, edible landscapes provide socio-cultural, economical and environmental benefits within homes and communities. The food and garden movement is bringing to light the unsung role of edibles as a sustainability catalyst for green infrastructure design solutions.

On Sat., Sept. 15, join Jeanette Ankoma-Sey at Adkins Arboretum to learn how edibles can play a key role both in planning and design and as tools to restore, mitigate and improve how landscapes function to support stormwater management, soil health, and habitat creation and biodiversity.

A trained landscape designer and horticulturist who lives and works in Alexandria, Va., Ankoma-Sey specializes in plant-based landscape solutions with a particular interest in those that engage users with their surroundings: edible gardens, children’s gardens, campus design, public and urban spaces, and more. She teaches edible landscape and ecology and the environment courses within the George Washington University’s sustainable landscape design master’s program.

The program begins at 1 p.m. in the Arboretum Visitor’s Center, and coincides with the Arboretum’s Fall Native Plant Sale Weekend. The program is $15 for members, $20 for the general public. Register online or call 410.634.2847, ext. 0.

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of 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 the new W. Flaccus and Ruth B. Stifel Center at Arboretum Center and redesign its entrance to broaden educational offerings and public outreach 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. For information about the Campaign to Build a Green Legacy, contact Kate Rattie at krattie@adkinsarboretum.org or 410.634.2847, ext. 33.