Adkins Arboretum announces Soup ’n Walk program schedule

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Special to The Dorchester Banner/Adkins Arboretum Adkins Arboretum docent Julianna Pax of Cambridge, points to an item of interest during one of the Arboretum’s popular Soup ‘n Walk program. The winter Soup ‘n Walk series begins Feb. 21.

RIDGELY — Adkins Arboretum has announced the winter and spring lineup for its popular Soup ’n Walk programs. Discover green plants in winter, early blooms and wildlife, ephemeral flowers and sure signs of spring. Following a guided walk through the Arboretum’s woodland, meadows and wetland, enjoy a delicious and nutritious lunch along with a brief talk about the meal’s nutritional value. Copies of recipes are provided. Offerings include:

• Seeking Sun and Winter Warmth
Feb. 21, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
On this wintry 90-minute walk, seek out green plants that cherish the warm winter sun and trees with distinctive bark. Plants of interest include mosses, cranefly orchid, magnolia and holly leaves, pine and red cedar needles, Christmas fern and the green stems of strawberry bush and greenbrier. Menu: kale, corn and black bean soup, Eastern Shore coleslaw, ancient grain bread with spinach spread, and dried fruit compote.

• Early Blooms, Songbirds and Spring Frogs
March 21, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Early pink, white and purple blooms are beginning to appear. Look for skunk cabbage, paw paw, spring beauty and bloodroot while listening for early songbirds and spring frogs on this 90-minute early-spring walk. Menu: pasta and garbanzo bean soup, potato salad with red beans and orange carrots, wheat bread with blackberry jam, and blueberry peach smoothies.

• Fleeting Ephemerals
April 18, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Appearing in early spring, ephemerals flower, fruit and die back in a short period of time. Join a 90-minute walk to look for pollinators and to catch glimpses of pink spring beauty, mayapple, and dogwood blossoms, yellow trout lily, golden groundsel, sassafras and spicebush blooms, and white beech tree blossoms. Menu: carrot and ginger soup, berry almond spinach salad, ancient grain bread with goat cheese and orange marmalade, and yellow cake with red and blue berry sauce.

• Tuckahoe Creek and Beyond
May 16, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Tuckahoe Creek is a beautiful, tranquil spot that provides views of a wide variety of flowering plants. On this 90-minute walk, look for box turtles in addition to mountain laurel, beech and tulip trees, black cherry tree blossoms, pink lady’s slipper orchid and Solomon’s seal blooms, and mayapple fruit. Menu: zucchini apple soup, green bean salad with mango dressing, apple date wheat bread with cherry jam, and berry cobbler.

Each Soup ’n Walk program is $20 per person for members, $25 per person for non-members. Advance registration is required. Register at adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0. The Arboretum gift and book shop is open during the program and offers a 20 percent discount to program participants.

To schedule Soup ‘n Walk programs for groups of 15 or more, contact Ginna Tiernan, adult program coordinator, at 410-634-2847, ext. 27 or gtiernan@adkinsarboretum.org.

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