Edible Plants on the Greenway

2, Aug, 2010 Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy

On July 13, Greenway-goers joined the Conservancy’s Superintendent of Horticulture, Thomas Smarr for a tour of Edible Plants along the Greenway.  The tour, the first of the Greenway Conservancy’s Horticulture Series, was hosted in partnership with the Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN).

Tom explains plant use in the urban landscape

It began in the Dewey Square Parks, where Tom gave an explanation of plant use in the urban landscape.  Moving onto the Fort Point Channel Parks, Tom discussed the concept of formal, informal, and functional landscape design, explaining that the Greenway’s gardens tend to be informal and functional—with groupings and scattered arrangements, each designed to serve a specific purpose in the parks.

Participants learned how to identify English Lavender, Variegated Pineapple Mint, and Chocolate Mint by taste and scent, and many other plant varieties by sight.  All departed from the tour with their own guides to identifying the edible plants that they had just learned about.

English Lavender 'Lavandula angustifolia'

The next installment of the Horticulture Series, Urban Arboretum Tree Walk, will be held on August 10th.  Meet at Botanica art sculpture, across from Rowes Wharf Arch (High St & Atlantic Ave).