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Edible and medicinal wild plants are topic April 16 in Lewes

Cape Gazette of Lewes, Delaware

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Dr. Susan Yost, botanist and ecologist, will present a talk on Edible and Medicinal Wild Plants from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, April 16, at Lewes Public Library. Attendees can learn about the edible and medicinal uses of wild plants of forests, fields and backyards. This presentation focuses on native and naturalized local plants and how they have been used for food and medicine, including plants traditionally used as folk remedies and by Native Americans.

The lecture is free to DBG members and $15 for nonmembers. The first half hour of the gathering will be occupied by the annual meeting of the DBG, an opportunity to find out about DBG's progress.

Yost received her PhD in botany from the City University of New York, an MS in biology from Lehman College, and a BS in biology from City College in NYC. From 2001 to 2014, she was the educator at the Claude E. Phillips Herbarium at Delaware State University, where she did educational outreach, worked with the herbarium's collection of 150,000 pressed plants, and taught botany courses in the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Previously, she taught at several colleges in New York and New Jersey: Manhattanville, Barnard, Ramapo and Lehman Colleges; and was also forest ecologist at Wave Hill in New York. She is a native of New York City, has lived in Dover for the past 26 years, and enjoys hiking and This presentation is one of a series sponsored by the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek whose mission is to create an inspirational, educational, and sustainable coastal-plain public botanic garden in southern Delaware for the benefit and enjoyment of the public.

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Original Publication Date: April 5, 2016

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