Adkins Arboretum Offers Fall Soup ‘n Walk Programs

Adkins Arboretum has announced the fall lineup for its popular Soup ’n Walk programs. Discover meadow grasses, fall’s yellow and purple flowers, mushrooms, nuts, berries and fall color. Following a guided walk through the Arboretum’s woodland, meadows and wetland, enjoy a delicious and nutritious lunch along with a brief lesson about the meal’s nutritional value. Copies of recipes are provided. Offerings include:

Sunny Meadows
Sat., Sept. 22, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Catch a glimpse of golden brown grasses and yellow and purple flowers. Plants of interest include milkweed, black-eyed Susan, goldenrod, Maryland golden aster, purple love grass, pearly everlasting, Indian grass and big bluestem. Menu: vegetable barley soup with oats, roasted red beets and mesclun salad, zucchini yeast bread, and blackberry and peach crisp.

Grasses, Mushrooms, and Early Fall Color
Sat., Oct. 20, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Look for sure signs of fall along the meadow edges, see how grasses have changed since the September walk, and seek out mushrooms in the cool fall forest. Plants of interest include Indian grass, big bluestem, purple love grass, pearly everlasting, milkweed pods, devil’s walking stick, and the red and orange leaves of sweet gum, sassafras, sumac, tupelo and dogwood. Menu: carrot ginger soup, asparagus and red pepper salad, barley oat wheat bread, and cranberry apple pie.

Nuts and Berries for Wildlife
Sat., Nov. 17, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Search for dazzling yellow fall color and nuts and berries that nourish wildlife during winter. Plants of interest include tulip tree, paw paw, and hickory leaves, hickory and beech nuts, oak acorns, and the berries of dogwood, holly, sumac, hearts a bursting, devil’s walking stick, and Jack-in-the-pulpit. Menu: pumpkin lentil soup, Waldorf salad, wheat flaxseed bread, and Pfefferneuse cookies.

Each Soup ’n Walk program is $20 per person for members, $25 per person for the general public. Register at or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0. To schedule Soup ’n Walk programs for groups of 15 or more, contact Ginna Tiernan, Adult Program Coordinator, at 410-634-2847, ext. 27 or

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. Through its Campaign to Build a Green Legacy, it will build the W. Flaccus and Ruth B. Stifel Center at Adkins Arboretum and a “green” entranceway to broaden educational offerings and research initiatives promoting best practices in conservation and land stewardship. For additional information about Arboretum programs, visit or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.