Brown bag features fall harvest

A brown-bag presentation titled "Let's Eat! The landscape" will be held Nov. 6 at noon and again at 5:30 p.m. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Keim Hall.

Bob Henrickson, horticulture program coordinator for Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, will be joined by "food friends" to talk about trees, shrubs and perennials with edible fruits, seeds or foliage, including native plants you can grow in the landscape or plants that grow naturally in the area.

Maggie Pleskac from Maggie's Vegetarian Café will join Bob for the noon session, with lots of tips for using local wild foods and garden produce in recipes. Nicole Seville, wellness manager at Open Harvest, will join him at the 5:30 session for a focus on healthy eating.

Henrickson said, "Sharing food, tips and recipes is one of the best ways to learn, so this will be a great opportunity to learn from each other and try some new things."

The first half-hour will include a presentation on edible landscape plants followed by sampling a variety of dishes, including those brought by participants, and sharing tips and recipes. Anything grown locally, whether bought or produced, can be brought to share.

This presentation is part of a brown-bag series on "all things green" sponsored by the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, UNL Department of Agronomy/Horticulture, UNL Garden Friends and Friends of Maxwell Arboretum.

Event sponsors hope to bring together a community of on- and off-campus people who care about the environment. There will be time for discussion at each session and, when weather permits, time to walk through the campus landscape.

Future topics include holiday decorating on Dec. 4 and 2015 topics include garden design, photographing the landscape, tree identification and attracting birds.

Participants are invited to bring lunch or dinner, if desired, and ideas or questions. For more information about the brown-bag series, call the arboretum at 402-472-2971, email or visit

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