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Native Gardening Intensive

Brooklyn Botanic Garden @ 1000 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225

Immerse yourself in a full day of native gardening instruction in this indoor/outdoor class at BBG. Learn the principles and best practices to create a robust native garden filled with life. We will also explore native plants at BBG that you might use in your own garden, and discuss the conditions that they thrive in.

Sunday Jun 11th, 10am–4:30pm Eastern Time

Croton Aqueduct (Teens/Adults)

"Wildman" Steve Brill @ Cedar St, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

This well-known greenway, with open, sunny habitats, wooded sections, thickets, and edges, is ideal for finding the best edible wild plants of early spring, and this tour, led by Violet Brill, will give you the best opportunity to learn about, collect, and enjoy some of our best common, tasty, renewable species. In open, sunny areas, we'll be finding common- and long-leaf plantain, related garden "weeds" that are loaded with dozens of biologically...

Sunday Aug 20th, 12–3pm Eastern Time


RESOBOX @ 91 East 3rd St, New York, NY 10003

Bonsai is the ancient Japanese art form of miniature trees in containers. It is an art form that helps connect us to nature. Through this process, it strengthens our spirit. This is why Bonsai can be a figurative mirror image of the grower. With an open heart and mind, students can start their own journey of personal growth through the art of bonsai taught by Bonsai Master Julian Velasco. Learn the artistic, philosophical, horticultural, and technical...

Sunday Jul 16th, 11am–1pm Eastern Time

Fungi and Plant Foraging Walk and Medicinal Tincture

Remedies Herb Shop

Join John Michelotti from Catskill Fungi and Cheryl Boiko owner of Remedies Herb Shop in Brooklyn and Woodstock for a foraging walk and tincture making workshop, up in the beautiful Catskill Mountains! John will share his endless enthusiasm and expertise of the fungal world as we explore the woods and in the afternoon he will take us through the process of making a mushroom tincture for you to take home. As we wander, Cheryl will guide you on the...

Saturday Jul 1st, 10am–3pm Eastern Time

Saxon Woods (Teens/Adults)

"Wildman" Steve Brill @ Saxon Woods Park Parking lot, White Plains, NY 10605

The sunny borders between woodlands and the parking lot provide prime habitat for various wild herbs and greens. We'll look for sheep sorrel and wood sorrel, with their wonderful lemony flavors, plus goutweed, which tastes like parsley, carrots, and celery. Poor man's pepper, a common, delicious wild mustard, also appears in great abundance in sunny habitats, and it's even more common invasive relative, garlic mustard, is taking over the forest....

Saturday Jun 17th, 10am–12:30pm Eastern Time

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Belmont Lake State Park (Teens/Adults)

"Wildman" Steve Brill @ 625 Belmont Ave, North Babylon, NY 11704

With woodland trails, a lake, and recreation areas, this is a great place for wild foods in late fall. Some fruits are good to eat in late fall.  Autumn Olive Berries At this time of the year, we’ll be enjoying the sweet-tart autumn olive berries, which grow in unlimited quantity near the entrance to the parking lot. These red, spherical, spotted berries are as easy to recognize as they are tasty. Sassafras Leaves Cold-weather...

Sunday Jul 9th, 11:30am–2:30pm Eastern Time

Central Park (Teens/Adults)

"Wildman" Steve Brill @ 5th Ave & E 106th St, New York, NY 10029

Central Park provides a great window into the world of wild foods of mid-spring. It's the peak of the season for wild salad greens, and we'll be finding great quantities of renewable ingredients: Spicy mustard greens, such as garlicky garlic mustard, hot hedge mustard, and even hotter poor man's pepper, will abound on lawns or under trees anywhere, and lemony sheep sorrel thrives in sunny places.  Offset their flavors in a salad with milder-tasting...

Saturday Jun 24th, 11:45am–3:45pm Eastern Time

Prospect Park (Teens/Adults)

"Wildman" Steve Brill @ Prospect Park - Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY 11238

A great abundance of edible and medicinal wild plants and mushrooms makes this park a great place for edible and medicinal plants and mushrooms in late summer. Burdock, an expensive detoxifying herb sold in health food stores, abounds in cultivated areas throughout the park. You can also use this invasive species as a superb root vegetable, or even marinate and bake it, to make "Wildman's" Vegan Beef Jerky! The root of sassafras, which makes tea...

Sunday Jun 18th, 11:45am–3:45pm Eastern Time

Central Park (Kids 12 & Under)

"Wildman" Steve Brill @ 5th Ave & E 106th St, New York, NY 10029

Central Park provides a great window into the world of wild foods in  early spring. Making a meal with these plants is simple at this time of the year. For an appetizer, try simmering field garlic bulbs in diluted vinegar with Italian seasonings, to make an outstanding pickle. It's the peak of the season for wild salad greens, and we'll be finding large quantities of leafy, green ingredients. Spicy mustard greens, such as garlicky garlic mustard,...

Saturday Jun 24th, 11:45am–3:45pm Eastern Time

Belmont Lake State Park (Kids 12 & Under)

"Wildman" Steve Brill @ 625 Belmont Ave, North Babylon, NY 11704

With a lakeside, cultivated areas, picnic grounds, and woods, Belmont Lake State Park is a great place for wild foods in late winter, and everything the group will be finding is renewable. The plants repeatedly get trimmed down by lawn mowers, but they’re adapted to defend themselves by regeneration. Many of the foreign plants here are also invasive.  Wild greens will be thriving in sunny areas and along trail edges. We'll be looking for chickweed,...

Sunday Jul 9th, 11:30am–2:30pm Eastern Time

Sunken Meadow State Park (Kids 12 & Under)

"Wildman" Steve Brill @ Sunken Meadow Park - Kings Park, LI, Kings Park, NY 11754

This is an outstanding park for foragers in mid-summer. We'll explore cultivated areas, the seashore, and woods, all in one day.  The most spectacular find in this park grows within sight of the ocean. Dozens of blackberry bushes in nearby thickets provide thousands of exquisitely delicious berries. Smaller than their commercial counterparts, and more seedy, they taste so much better, they'll make you forget all about your iPhone! This won't...

Sunday Jun 11th, 1–4pm Eastern Time

Butterfly Walk

Brooklyn Botanic Garden @ 1000 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225

Leapin’ Lepidoptera! During the summer, wildflowers and other blooms abound at the Garden, attracting different types of butterflies. Join naturalist Paul Keim on a leisurely walk through the grounds in pursuit of these colorful and delicate creatures. Note: You must bring your registration confirmation to the Garden for admittance to each class session.

Saturday Jun 24th, 1–3pm Eastern Time

Plant Identification and Medicine Making Workshop

Remedies Herb Shop @ Bay Ridge Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220

Hands On 3 hour Herbal Medicine Workshop! We will begin with a plant identification walk, and then settle down on the soft earth to make herbal medicines with healing plants and materials, provided by your teacher. Choosing from at least 5 different medicinal plants, you will make three separate 2 oz tinctures to take home. Jo Anne will introduce you to the healing plants that abundantly grow right here in New York City! She will share their...

Saturday Jun 24th, 1–4pm Eastern Time

Downtown Brooklyn Pizza Walk

Scott's Pizza Tours @ Boerum Hill / , Brooklyn, NY 11201

Trace the history of pizza by visiting a mix of wood-fired Neapolitan, coal-fired, and classic New York slice joints on this 2.5 hour walking tour. You'll hit a spread of neighborhoods including Boerum Hill. Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn Heights, and the Columbia Waterfront district.  What's Included All tours include pizza tastings, kitchen tours, in-depth pizza analysis, and everybody gets a take-home Pocket Pizza Journal to help track their...

Saturday Jun 17th, 11:45am–2:15pm Eastern Time

Forest Park (Kids 12 & Under)

"Wildman" Steve Brill @ 8040 Park Lane, Queens, NY 11415

Forest Park is one of the best places for foragers in mid-spring. Get lost in this vast park, and you'll have plenty to eat (that is, if you can distinguish the gourmet plants from the deadly ones.) It boasts a large, mature, secondary growth forest, trail edges, thickets, and cultivated areas—all overflowing with wild plants, and Violet Brill, America's go-to gal for foraging, will teach you how to identify, harvest ecologically, and use dozens...

Saturday Jun 10th, 11:45am–3:45pm Eastern Time

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