Apr 16, 2011: Founders Memorial Lecture – “Edible Wild Plants of Colorado”

**This event is FULL. No more reservations are being taken**

Presented by Meg VanNess, Regional Historic Preservation Officer / Archaeologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Free and open to the public.

Saturday, Apr 16, 2011, 10:00 a.m.
The Penrose House
1661 Mesa Avenue (map)

Reservations are required. Please make yours by emailing hasgardens@gmail.com
**This event is FULL. No more reservations are being taken**

With a little bit of knowledge and a good digging stick a resourceful person can find plenty to eat among the wild plants of Colorado. Whereas this virtual cornucopia of seeds, berries, and roots would never be mistaken for a Big Mac, it did provide a year-around supply of nutrients and calories to sustain the native populations for thousands of years. Some of these plants, such as wild plums and pinion nuts, require only a slight stretch of the modern imagination to be considered for tonight’s dinner. Others, such as the slime covered cattail root, stinking gourds, nauseous rabbit brush, and the aptly named pincushion cactus, take a bit more thought. Continue reading

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2011, 7:00 p.m., “Wild About Colorado Wildflowers”

hymenoxys_grandiflora.jpgPresented by Carey Harrington, Colorado Native Plant Master

Free to all at the East Library, 5550 E. Union Blvd.

Carey loves wildflowers, and while she especially enjoys getting others excited about the ones that grow right in our area, she’s also a fan of those that grow at higher elevations in the mountains. She’s been a regular visitor to the fantastic Crested Butte Wildflower Festival the past several years. Continue reading