Edible Plants of Virginia Program at Stratford Hall with Nationally Known Author & Naturalist Hal Wiggins

Media Contact: Jim Schepmoes
804-493-8038 ext. 8119

For Immediate Release

July 13, 2013, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

STRATFORD, VA, (June 20, 2013) –Join nationally known author and naturalist Hal Wiggins as he presents both a discussion and field experience on identifying edible plants found on the grounds of Stratford Hall on July 13, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Wiggins, a Professional Wetland Scientist, is a co-founder of the Fredericksburg Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society and is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a B.S. degree in Science. He works with the Regulatory Program, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Wiggins opened the Fredericksburg Field Office of USACE in March 1991 and has run this field office for more than 22 years protecting wetlands and streams in Central Virginia.

In his new book, The Quick Guide to Wild Edible Plants, Wiggins describes 30 to 40 edible plants that are widely found in the Eastern United States; are easily located and readily identified; clearly distinguishable from toxic or harmful plants; ideally have multiple uses; available more than one season; often overlooked; grow in quantity; and lastly, easily prepared and even taste good! There will be a book signing in the Gift Shop after the program.

Pre-registration is strongly suggested for the program. To register, email Jon Bachman or call 804-493-1972. Cost of the program is $10 for adults ($5 each for groups of 3 or more), $5 for children, free to children under 5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Friends of Stratford cardholders admitted free. Admission to the program does not include a tour of the Great House. For more information on Stratford Hall programs, visit www.StratfordHall.org or phone 804-493-8038.