Soup ’n Walk Program Continues

Adkins Arboretum continues its 2024 Soup ’n Walk program. Explore the Arboretum’s forest, meadows and wetland on a guided walk themed to the season, then enjoy a delicious lunch and a brief talk about nature and nutrition. Copies of recipes are provided. All gift shop purchases on these days receive a 20% discount. This year’s offerings include:

Spring Ephemerals & Pollinators

April 13 • 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Look again! The blooms of ephemeral plants, trees and shrubs are here and gone in the blink of an eye. Look for pink, white and yellow blooms and listen for early pollinators. Plants of interest include pink spring beauty, may apple, dogwood, golden groundsel, spicebush, sassafras and white beech. Menu: ginger sweet potato soup, Eastern Shore crunchy Cole slaw, ancient grain bread with strawberry jam, and oatmeal walnut cookies.

Beavers, Tuckahoe Creek & Beyond

May 18 • 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Observe the beautiful Tuckahoe Creek view while scouting for signs of beavers. Plants of interest include Mountain Laurel, Beech, Tulip Tree, Pink Lady’s Slipper, Solomon’s Seal and May Apple. Menu: kale, apple, and lentil soup, green bean salad with honey cider vinaigrette, pumpernickel bread and apple butter, and cinnamon crunch apple cake.

Sunny Meadows

September 21 • 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Walk the meadows in search of golden-brown grasses and yellow and purple flowers while watching and listening for bluebirds and dragonflies. Plants of interest include Milkweed, Black-eyed Susan, Goldenrod, Indian Grass, big Bluestem and Sumac berries. Menu: split pea soup, wild rice berry salad, anadama oatmeal bread with orange marmalade, and spicy pumpkin pie in easy crust.

Dazzling Fall Color

October 19 • 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Fall colors dazzle the eye and pique the appetite. Listen for migrating birds and woodpeckers while watching for changing color on red and orange Sweet Gum, Sassafras, Tupelo, Sumac, Dogwood, yellow Paw Paw, Hickory, Beech and Tulip Trees. Menu: butternut squash sweet potato bisque, red pepper and chickpea salad, whole wheat flaxseed bread with blackberry jam, and tasty peach and berry crisp.

Autumn Harvest

November 16 • 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Enjoy autumn while hunting for nutritious berries, nuts and seeds and check for signs of beaver. Plants of interest include Dogwood, Hibiscus, Partridge Berry, Oak, Loblolly Pine, Juniper, Verbena, Ironwood and Strawberry Bush. Menu: kale and chicken soup with lemon, black-eyed pea salad, dill rye bread with raspberry jam, and Black Forest cake with cherries.

Soup ’n Walk programs are $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Early registration is recommended. Visit adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 100 to register or for more information. A 400-acre native garden and preserve, Adkins Arboretum provides exceptional experiences in nature to promote environmental stewardship.

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