Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

2010 Summer Foraging Class at the Delta Institute

(Back to: July 2010 Foraging Experiences)

Pre-Class in Arthur‘s Yard (Friday, July 16, 2010)

Common Comfrey (Symphytum officinale)

Wilbur (Sus scrofa domesticus)

Bristly Sarsaparilla (Aralia hispida)

Link to Arthur‘s post about Bristly Sarsaparilla:

Friday Night Class (July 16, 2010)

Sweet-Flag root (Acorus americanus)

Baskets and Tools in Classroom

Saturday Class (July 17, 2010)

Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis)

Note: This is a cultivated variety. Wild Soapwort typically has 5 white or pinkish petals on the flower.

Western Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

Scouring Rush (Equisetum hyemale)

Horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

Groundnut (Apios americana)

Orange Daylily (Hemerocallis fulva)

Hog Peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata)

Bee-Balm (Monarda didyma)

American Linden/Basswood Tree (Tilia americana)

Cat Briar (Downy Carrionflower) (Smilax herbacea)

Tall Blue Lettuce (Lactuca biennis)

Canada Lettuce (Lactuca canadensis)

European Linden/Basswood Tree (Tilia cordata)

Canada Lily (Lilium canadense)

Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)

American Red Raspberry (Rubus idaeus)

Note: It could be another Raspberry species.

Wood Nettle (Laportea canadensis)

American Hazelnut (Corylus americana)

Note: Last 3 pictures where taken during Sunday, July 18, 2010 class. The first 4 pictures seem different, but I wrote down that Arthur said they were Hazelnut.

Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

Common St. John‘s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)

Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum)

Broadleaf Cattail (Typha latifolia)

Lobster Mushroom (Hypomyces Lactifluorum)

Chanterelle (Cantharellus cibarius)

Chrome Footed Bolete (Tylopilus chromapes) (Synonym: Lecinum chromapes)

Amaranth (Unknown Amaranthus species)

Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)

Wild Leeks / Ramps (Allium tricoccum)

Wild Food Soup

Lip Balm Making

Ingredients: Olive Oil, Unrefined beeswax, Bee-Balm (Monarda didyma), St. John‘s Wort (Hypericum perforatum))

Sunday Class (July 18, 2010)

Blue-Bead Lily (Clintonia borealis)

Basket Making using Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus))

Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus)

Primrose-Leaved Violet (Viola x primulifolia)

White Clover (Trifolium repens)


Note: Likely this plant is Smooth Goldenrod (Solidago gigantea), but it may be Tall Goldenrod (Solidago altissima / Solidago canadensis var. scabra) or Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis). All three can be used the same way medicinally.

Bishop‘s Goutweed (Aegopodium podagraria)

Post-Class in Arthur‘s Yard (Sunday, July 18, 2010)

Pin Cherry (Prunus pensylvanica)