Awbury al Fresco

TLC would like to thank all of the Awbury al Fresco guests for joining Awbury in honoring Gay Johnson and supporting education at Awbury.  As parting gifts, our youth created small gifts that exemplified parts of our program and mission. Click on the gift link or scroll down to learn more about them. (Additional gifts…

Lemon Verbena (Aloysia triphylla)

Lemon Verbena is one of the primary herbs we grow. We grow it for its aroma and taste in culinary dishes, as well as its healing properties for our soaps, salves, balms, and teas. Lemon verbena can be used fresh or dry. We dry the bulk of our harvest, and pack alone or with other herbs as…

Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum)

In the 2016 growing season (typically March-November), we grew naturally green, short-fiber cotton.  The was our first experience with growing cotton, and harvested more than we knew what to do with. Through our research, we have found a lot of interesting information about the cotton plant, planting seeds, history of colored cotton, and what can be done…

Farm to Fork Recipes: Caponata

Late August has brought to the harvest basket a large, beautiful crop of eggplant. Eggplant is versatile and can be  fried, stir-fried, grilled, broiled, baked, roasted, etc. The trick is to get it to be tender, but not mushy. Click here for tips on cooking eggplant.  Key Farm to Fork ingredients: 

TLC Herb Tea

This week with the Teen Leadership Corps (TLC) at Awbury Arboretum was my first time working in the Farm Kitchen. The experience was both knowledgeable and enjoying. Out of the various meals and dishes we cooked, one of my favorites had to be the herbal/mint tea.

Ka’Lynn’s White Pine Tree

Originally Posted 8/3/2015 by Ka’Lynn Hunter The Eastern White Pine (Pinus Strobus) are very giant trees that grow up to at least 250 feet. They have little needles as leaves which make them very unique, in the sun they show pretty white features that not many trees have. The Eastern White Pine has the distinction of…

Isaac’s Bamboo 

Originally posted 8/7/2015 by Issac Spear Bamboo, scientifically named, Bambuseae, is a plant of the grass family that originated in China and now grows all around the world. Five thousand years ago in China when it was discovered, bamboo was used as a building material. Since then, many more uses of the plant have been discovered….

Talia’s Rosa gallica ‘Lafayette’

 Originally Posted 8/7/2015 by Talia  Slater “Ring-around the rosie, A pocket full of posies, Ashes ! Ashes ! We all fall down” There’s a section in the Wyck Rose Garden where it contains a very special type of rose. This rose is called  ‘Lafayette’. When look up this rose, there is a rare chance you’ll find…

Natalie’s Aloe Vera

 Originally Posted 8/3/2015 by Natalie Bonilla Aloe has been around for over 2,000 years. It originated in Africa and belongs, surprisingly, to the lily and onion family. Aloe has been used through the ages for a variety of things. Cleopatra massaged fresh aloe gel on her skin every day to preserve her beauty, and Napoleon’s wife used a lotion of milk and aloe gel for her complexion. However, aloe vera isn’t just for beauty purposes. Aloe has  aesthetic, antibacterial, and tissue restorative properties which makes it great for healing burns from a flame, the sun, or radiation along with sores and poison ivy. All you have to do is break off a leaf, slice it down the middle, and apply the gel to your skin. For a burn or sore that needs more than just a little tender love and care, make a simple poultice by placing the cut leaf on the area and wrapping it with gauze. Depending on the severity of the burn, the tissue regenerates with no scar, and normal  pigmentation of the skin returns. Other than clearing acne and being able to treat oily skin and dandruff, aloe is used everyday all over the world. It’s been used to remove the scent of human before stalking prey. Fishermen in the Atlantic carry aloe vera aboard their boats to stop the pain of a sting from a Portuguese Man o’ War, and farmers use it as an all natural pesticide by mixing the aloe juice with water and spraying it over plants. It works because aloe has a bitter taste which wards off bugs, and you can  use it on yourself as bug repellent. But this isn’t all aloe is capable of. There aren’t hundreds of recipes and uses, but we’ll discuss them in more detail later. I hope this made you a little curious about this often underestimated houseplant, and maybe you’ll check in soon for more on aloe and its awesomeness.