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.

Plants at Black Spruce Bog - Newtown, CT:

(From RT. 25 take Botsford Hill Rd. (you will see Swanky Franks on the opposite side of RT 25) go for approx. 6/10 mile to High Bridge Rd. to #40-42 DVI Industrial Park. Walk 30 meters to the right up High Bridge Road and head in on trail to the left.)

Autumn Olive
(Elaeagnus umbellata)
Bedstraw, Fragrant
(Galium triflorum)
Bedstraw, Whorled
(Galium mollugo)
Garlic Mustard
(Alliaria petiolata)
Greenbrier, Common
(Smilax rotundifolia)
Hay-Scented Fern, Eastern
(Dennstaedtia punctilobula)
Indian Cucumber
(Medeola virginiana)
Lettuce, Canada
(Lactuca canadensis)
Maple, Red
(Acer rubrum)
Mugwort
(Artemisia vulgaris)
Red Clover
(Trifolium pratense)
Rose, Multiflora
(Rosa multiflora)
Skunk Cabbage
(Symplocarpus foetidus)
Sweet-Pepperbush, Coastal
(Clethra alnifolia)
Witchhazel, American
(Hamamelis virginiana)
Yarrow
(Achillea millefolium)


Autumn Olive (Elaeagnus umbellata)



Bedstraw, Fragrant (Sweet-Scented Bedstraw) (Galium triflorum)



Bedstraw, Whorled (False Baby’s Breath, Wild Madder, White Bedstraw) (Galium mollugo)



Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)



Greenbrier, Common (Roundleaf Greenbrier) (Smilax rotundifolia)



Hay-Scented Fern, Eastern (Dennstaedtia punctilobula)



Indian Cucumber (Medeola virginiana)



Lettuce, Canada (Lactuca canadensis)



Maple, Red (Acer rubrum)

This appears to be Red Maple, even though the leaves are not red (yet). The leaves are opposite and gray/silver on the underside. It does not appear to be Sycamore Maple (Acer pseudoplatanus) or Mountain Maple (Acer spicatum).



Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)



Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)



Rose, Multiflora (Rosa multiflora)



Skunk Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus)



Sweet-Pepperbush, Coastal (Clethra alnifolia)

This plant could very well be Alder-Leaved Buckthorn (Rhamnus alnifolia) and I am mis-identifying it. Therefore, I will not but it in the Master Key until I go back and look at the flowers in July (for Sweet-Pepperbush) or the fruit/berries (for Alder-Leaved Buckthorn).



Witchhazel, American (Hamamelis virginiana)



Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)