Saturday, January 9, 2016

Frank Hyman "Liberated Gardener' Series: Jan. 25 - Feb. 16

Tapping sugar maples will be a Durham workshop offered in early February. Photo:

The following are local and regional educational programs highlighted in "Frank Hyman's Gardening (plus) newsletter..."
Jan. 8, 2016

The Beauty of the Built Garden—Free
January 25, 3-4 p.m.
NCSU Horticulture Building
2721 Founders Drive
(NCSU campus near Hillsboro and Brooks Ave.)
Raleigh, NC
This is a seminar/slide show I’m doing pro bono for students at my alma mater. I’ll be showing slides of many of my residential garden projects and sculptures: decks, stone walls, water gardens, sculptural clothesline posts, a greenroof on a doghouse, chicken coops, tree sculptures, raised beds, brick paths, treehouses, etc. And sharing my experiences and insights on creating garden structures and sculptures that are beautiful, functional and sustainable. You can see some pics at my website. 
A Year’s Worth of Wild Edible Plants in One Day--$25
January 30, 2-4 p.m.
BW&A Books
1006-A Lamond Ave.
Durham, NC
February 1,  6:30-8 p.m.
Rockbridge Regional Library
138 S. Main St.
Lexington, Va. 24450
For any questions about the site or the organization contact the program chair Nell Lancaster at
Ramps, redbud flowers, beach arugula, samphire, fiddlehead ferns, sunchokes, juneberries, nettles and maple syrup are just a few of the delicious native, wild, edibles that can be found in North Carolina. In less than two hours this indoor program will cover four seasons’ worth of plants so you’ll see how many opportunities there are. We’ll cover leaves, shoots, roots and fruits that ripen throughout the year. Program includes a slideshow, a handout (with links to local foraging groups, books, websites and tool tips), free magazines and plenty of Q&A time. Frank Hyman, a professional forager, horticulturist and foraging columnist for Paleo magazine will lead the class. Indoor seating is limited so you must pay in advance via Paypal at
Tapping Sugar Maples for Sap and Making Syrup--$25
February 6, 2-4 p.m. (Rain date February 7, dress appropriately)
Montessori Farm School
2400 Broad Street, Suite 2
Durham, NC 27704
There’s no law that says we can’t tap maple trees in the South. All maples (sugar, red, silver, etc.) produce sap that can be tapped and cooked down to produce delicious maple syrup. In the South the sap isn’t rich enough to be commercially viable. But that doesn’t mean we can’t go all locavore and produce some backyard syrup. Half the funds for this program go to support the Montessori Farm School. We’ll meet in their parking lot (shared with Broad St. Family Medicine) and learn how to safely tap maple trees on site. We’ll also cook down some of the sap into maple syrup (and Symple Syrup) for tasting (there won’t be vast quantities). If there’s time, Frank Hyman (professional forager, horticulturist and foraging columnist for Paleo magazine) will teach us a little about other wild, edible plants on site. Program includes a one-page handout on foraging, sources for tapping supplies, etc., plenty of time for Q&A (and free copies of Paleo magazine!!). Pay in advance to secure a spot through the Paypal button on this page.
Foraging For Fun and Profit—Free
February 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Site: TBD
Beaufort, SC
This is a little event organized by Green Drinks Beaufort. Monthly they meet at different sites (mostly places with bars) to hear a short presentation on a topic that pertains to “green living.” I’ll talk for about 10 minutes about sustainable foraging for mushrooms and wild edible plants. The rest of the gathering will be Q&A and D&S (drinking and schmoozing). Check out their FB page for details:

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