Two April events set at Merryspring Nature Center

Apr 12, 2019
Naturalist Tom Seymour will lead a spring foraging workshop at Merryspring April 27.

Camden — Merryspring Nature Center, at 30 Conway Road in Camden, will offer two events in April.

Merryspring gardener Denise DeSpirito will speak about common poisonous garden plants Tuesday, April 23 at noon. If consumed, many garden plants may be toxic to humans. DeSpirito will speak about a few of these plants, including foxglove, aconite, castor, and datura, among other examples, that grow at Merryspring and in many backyard gardens. The presentation will include historical uses of these plants and how to grow them.

DeSpirito is a gardener and herbalist. She has grown herbs at Avena Botanicals in Rockport; Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in New York,and Farmacy Herbs in Rhode Island. She currently serves as garden manager at Merryspring.

Naturalist and forager Tom Seymour will lead a spring foraging workshop Saturday, April 27 from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

Participants will learn how to identify, when to forage, how to limit environmental impact, and how to cook and prepare wild plants. After an indoor presentation, the group will head outside to search the Merryspring trails for wild spring edibles. Guests are advised to wear weather-appropriate clothing, sturdy shoes, and to be prepared to walk on uneven terrain.

Seymour is a writer and naturalist based in Waldo. He is the author of multiple books and many Falcon Guides on subjects diverse as hiking, birding, and fishing in Maine.

The poisonous garden plants lecture admission is $5, with free admission for members of Merryspring. The foraging program admission is $10, with a discounted rate of $5 for Merryspring members.

Foxglove, one of many beautiful, but poisonous, plants, will be discussed at Merryspring April 23.
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