They say there is no such thing as a free lunch, but the September meeting of the Dawlish Garden Society discovered that this would be possible by making the most of natures bounty.
Our speaker, Becca Flintham from Escot fired our enthusiasm to see hedgerow and seashore as a source of food. Giving wise advice about the legality of gathering a wild harvest and staying safe in doing so, eg knowing which wild mushrooms are safe to eat, Becca took us through the seasons pointing out appropriate and available wild food sources, from the tips of beech seedlings and ground elder shoots in spring, to wild herbs, young lime leaves, borage and walnuts in the summer. Autumn’s harvest bounty includes blackberries, sloes, hazelnuts and sweet chestnuts to name a few. Even in winter, chickweed, stinging nettles and oyster mushrooms can be found amongst others.
The talk was beautifully illustrated with photos on a power point presentation. The Society enjoyed Becca’s homemade elderflower cordial as an alternative to the regular tea and coffee.
Flower of the month was a delightful speckled Dahlia grown by Roger Kohl.
Our next meeting is on Thursday 31st October at 7.15 at the Manor House, Dawlish when Saul Walker will share his experience as Show Manager of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Visitors are always welcome.