Adkins Arboretum Offers Soup ‘n Walk Programs

Adkins Arboretum has announced the winter and spring lineup for its popular Soup ’n Walk programs. Discover green plants in winter, early blooms, ephemeral flowers and sure signs of spring. 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:

Find the Green Plants that Cherish the Warm Winter Sun
Saturday, February 20, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
This program focuses on mosses, cranefly orchid, magnolia and holly leaves, pine and red cedar needles, Christmas fern and the green stems of strawberry bush and greenbrier. Menu: red bean, rice and andouille soup, mixed greens and pear salad, dill rye bread with spinach spread and chocolate brownies with orange glaze.

Check Out the Early Purple and Pink Blooms
Saturday, March 20, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
On this walk, look for skunk cabbage, pawpaw, spring beauty and bloodroot. Menu: creamy tomato basil soup, Eastern Shore colorful slaw, rosemary focaccia bread and cherry crisp.

Look Again! The Ephemerals are Fleeting Pink and Yellow Blooms
Saturday, April 24, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Learn about pink spring beauty, may apple and dogwood blossoms, yellow trout lily, golden groundsel, sassafras and spicebush blossoms, and white beech tree blossoms. Menu: cream of broccoli soup with cheddar, potato salad with orange carrots and red beets, anadama oatmeal bread with hummus spread and oatmeal-raising-molasses-ginger cookies.

Check Out the Beautiful View of Tuckahoe Creek and Beyond
Saturday, May 15, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
This walk will focus on mountain laurel, beech tree, tulip tree, black cherry tree blossoms, pink lady’s slipper, Solomon’s seal and may apple fruit. Menu: kale, apple and lentil soup, wheatberry Waldorf salad with walnuts, dilly bread with salmon spread and apple cake.

Each Soup ’n Walk program is $18 per person for members, $20 per person for the general public. Register online 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, the Arboretum will build a new LEED-certified Arboretum Center and 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.