The grounds at Applewood were filled with visitors on June 5, as their second Bring Your Lunch & Learn program, called “Edible Fruit in the Landscape,” took place from 11-2pm. It was a beautiful spring day for the event, and guests ate from sack lunches as they wandered the renowned gardens during the prelude. At noon, Mike Belco, the Integrated Pest Management Specialist at Applewood, began a guided tour of the estate’s edible plants. Stops on the tour included information on plants such as Cornelian Cherry, Highbush Blueberry, and Serviceberry. As a special treat, volunteers passed out samples of Applewood jam made from two berry bushes, Chokeberry and Thimbleberry, that are currently in season. Mike answered guest questions about the plants and their growing seasons and gardening needs, and a good time was had by all! After the tour concluded, visitors were welcomed to enjoy the lovely afternoon shade and the many flowers in bloom in the perennial garden.
Bring Your Lunch & Learn is a community program sponsored by the Ruth Mott Foundation and Applewood, taking place on certain Wednesdays throughout the summer. On July 17 and 31, the BYL&L events are geared specifically toward children, so be sure to pack lunch and take the kiddos over to Applewood for an afternoon of free fun!