Urban Forager at Clinton Hill Garden Tour, Sun. May 6 2

picture-11Brooklyn, NY. I’m excited to take part in Brownstone Garden District’s Clinton Hill Garden Walk tomorrow, June 6, 11am-2pm at Lafayette & Washington in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

I’ll have samples on-hand of wild edible plants that grow throughout the city, and which may be popping up in your flowerbed or on your front stoop. So don’t pull that weed–unless you’re planning on eating it.

Feel free to stop by and ask questions before you embark upon your amble through some of the best gardens in the neighborhood. (Word to the wise: be sure to check out the lovely gardens on Hall St.).

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2 thoughts on “Urban Forager at Clinton Hill Garden Tour, Sun. May 6

  • Stinky

    I just found a write up you did on jimson weed about 4 years ago. Reminded me of when I was a wee lad about 60 years ago and had my first encounter with it. It was called 4 o’clock weed by my folks because the blooms would open about 4 in the evening and close back up the next morning. I was about 6 at the time and thought I would pick mama some of them purty flowers in the barnyard. It was a hot muggy summer evening and when I got about 10 feet from the flower patch, the sweet putrid bitter sick smell kicked in my gag reflex and my stomach began to dry heave. I did not throw up, but I turned tail and ran as fast as I could in the opposite direction and found some dasies. About the closest I could approach jimson weed was about 3 feet up wind on a pleasant summer evening before the smell drove me away dry heaving. The next thing I encountered that caused anywhere the same reaction was helping a neighbor bury a dead horse and I didnt run from that. Been sprayed by a skunk and it was much more pleasant than either of those. It kind of smelled and tasted like rubbing a pencil eraser real fast with a bit of pepper or tear gas. About 3 whiffs and my smeller was numb with only a faint scent.

  • Ava Chin Post author

    Jimsonweed has a particular smell that I agree isn’t pleasant. One really good thing about its malodorous nature is that the leaves also smell equally as bad, and it can prevent you from mistaking it with something edible.

    I was once collecting young amaranth leaves from a baby patch near my office. When I picked a nearby leaf, I was hit by that same jimsonweed odor you described. Once I looked closer, I realized that a single jimsonweed plant had cropped up next to the amaranth—they were so young (no flowers or tell-tale seed pods) that it was easy to mistake them for each other.

    I have never forgotten that lesson of being mindful of every single plant that I pick 😉