Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus).  Photo by Jerry Kirkhart.
Thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus). Photo by Jerry Kirkhart.

A Taster’s Guide to the Landscape
Speaker: Margit Roos-Collins
Wednesday, October 26, 7:30 pm
Location: Garden Room, Orinda Public Library (directions below)

This month we’ll learn about edible native and introduced plants from Margit Roos-Collins, the author of the newly re-issued local foraging classic, The Flavors of Home: A guide to wild edible plants of the San Francisco Bay Area. Margit will share some favorite native nibbles, weeds worth harvesting, and good plants to harvest with children. She also will bring a selection of edible plants from Native Here Nursery, all of them attractive and low-water garden additions.

Tasting plants in the wild bonds people to their environment with an intimacy and intensity unmatched by most outdoor activities. Land managers both understand this and struggle to protect plants from the ravages of commercially-motivated harvesting. We’ll hear about some of the challenges associated with foraging and tips for keeping it safe, legal, and sustainable.

Margit Roos-Collins is a Life Member of CNPS. She learned the local edibles by taking ranger walks, attending Ida Geary’s community college course and Alice Green’s seaweed course, and by comparing local floras to foraging books. She’s led foraging walks for the California Academy of Sciences and as benefits for Greenbelt Alliance and other non-profits. Copies of The Flavors of Home will be available for purchase after the program.

East Bay CNPS membership meetings are free of charge and open to everyone. This month’s meeting takes place in the Garden Room of the Orinda Public Library at 24 Orinda Way (in Orinda Village). The Garden Room is on the second floor of the building, accessible by stairs or an elevator. The Garden Room opens at 7 pm; the meeting begins at 7:30 pm. Email or call 510-496-6016 if you have questions.

Directions to Orinda Public Library at 24 Orinda Way:

From the west, take Hwy 24 to the Orinda/Moraga exit. At the end of the off ramp, turn left on Camino Pablo (toward Orinda Village), right on Santa Maria Way (the signal after the BART station and freeway entrance), and left on Orinda Way.
From the east, take Hwy 24 to the Orinda exit. Follow the ramp to Orinda Village. Turn right on Santa Maria way (the first signal) and left on Orinda Way.
Once on Orinda Way, go 1 short block to the parking lot on the southeast side of the two-story building on your right. There is additional free parking beneath the building as well as on the street.

From BART (4 blocks): Exit the Orinda station, turn right and cross a pedestrian bridge, then cross a second pedestrian bridge on the left. Go 1 short block on the sidewalk to the third pedestrian bridge. Go 2 blocks on Orinda Way to the Orinda Library.