June 25, 2016, 9 a.m. – 12 noon
Returning for a fourth year, Hal Wiggins, nationally known author and naturalist, will present a discussion and field experience in identifying edible plants found at Stratford Hall. Pre-registration is required. The cost is $30 per participant; children under age 6 are free. Friends of Stratford cardholders can attend for free, but need to pre-register. All children must be accompanied by a parent or an adult. Contact Jon Bachman via email or phone 804-493-1972 for more information. The program is limited to a maximum of 45 participants and registration ends on June 23 at 5:00 p.m.
From 1:00-2:30 p.m., Hal Wiggins will sign copies of his book The Quick Guide to Wild Edible Plants in the Stratford Hall Gift shop. The book is available in the Stratford Hall Gift Shop and includes information on more than 50 edible plants, separated by category: greens, starches, grains, flowers and sweets. There are pictures for easy reference and recipes. The Quick Guide to Wild Edible Plants is a great gift for the beginning naturalist or the perfect addition to every serious forager’s library.
Stratford’s Dining Room will also be open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lodging is available by calling the Inn at Stratford Hall at 804-493-1966.
The recent rise in popularity of urban farming, farmers’ markets, and foraging from nature means more people are looking for information. In The Quick Guide to Wild Edible Plants, botanists Lytton Musselman and Hal Wiggins coach naturalists on how to safely identify and prepare delicious dishes from readily available plants–and clearly indicate which ones to avoid.
In addition to a guided walk along a nature trail near the Potomac River to identify local, edible plants, Wiggins will share simple recipes and information on how to prepare a fascinating assortment of plants largely overlooked by the wild food literature. Just imagine eating delectable Rappahannock Acorn Cakes and Locust Blossom Fritters!
About the Presenter
Hal Wiggins, P.W.S. (Professional Wetland Scientist-123518) is a retired Environmental Scientist who worked with the Regulatory Program, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Hal opened the Fredericksburg Field Office, USACE in March 1991 and has run this field office for more than 23 years, protecting wetlands and streams in Central Virginia. Hal 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. in Science. Hal is an avid canoeist and routinely leads canoe excursions for the Friends of the Rappahannock and other groups, communicating the importance of identification and conservation of wetland plant communities. Hal is the author of four books including Virginia Native Plants and The Quick Guide to Wild Edible Plants.