Adkins Arboretum Offers Fall Soup ‘n Walk Programs

Adkins Arboretum’s popular Soup ’n Walk programs for the fall season begin this weekend. Discover autumn’s sunny meadows, dazzling colors and signs of wildlife. Following a guided walk with a docent naturalist, enjoy a delicious and nutritious lunch along with a brief lesson about the meal’s nutritional value. Copies of recipes are provided. This season’s offerings include:

See the Sunny Meadows, Golden Brown Grasses and Yellow and Purple Flowers
Sat., Sept. 18, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
This program focuses on milkweed, black-eyed Susan, goldenrod, Maryland golden aster, purple love grass, pearly everlasting, Indian grass, big bluestem and sumac berries. Menu: kale and chicken soup with lemon, Southeastern black bean salad with barley, ancient grain bread with blueberry jam and butternut pie with almond crust.

Search for Fall Colors that Dazzle the Eye and Whet the Appetite
Sat.,  Oct. 16, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
On this walk, look for orange sweet gum, sassafras, tupelo, sumac, dogwood, yellow paw paw, hickory, beech and tulip tree. Menu: roasted red pepper and corn soup, curried sweet potato and apple pilaf, spiced pumpkin bread with cream cheese and yellow cake with cranberry-blueberry glaze.

Look Again! Join the Wildlife Hunt for Nutritious Berries, Nuts and Seeds
Sat., Nov. 20, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Learn about dogwood, hibiscus, partridge berry, oak, juniper, verbena, ironwood and strawberry bush. Menu: Italian sausage, white bean, and kale soup, wheatberry Waldorf salad with walnuts, pumpernickel bread and amaranth date bars.

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.