Edible Native Fruits

I spoke to the Pearl River Master Gardeners’ group last week on the topic of edible native fruits.  The talk took place at the Crosby Arboretum in Picayune, MS.  The Crosby Arboretum is dedicated to educating the public about their environment. This mission is carried out by preserving, protecting, and displaying plants native to the Pearl River Drainage Basin ecosystem, providing environmental and botanical research opportunities, and offering cultural, scientific, and recreational programs. As a center for learning, the Crosby Arboretum is a scientific and educational organization that documents and shares information about nature to the public while providing sites for long-term research. The arboretum manages approximately 700 acres in seven associated natural areas. These carefully selected landscapes support over 300 species of plants. Among these 300 species are at least 12 different fruit species, including:

Mayhaw (Crataegus opaca)

Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana)

Dwarf huckleberry (Gaylussacia dumosa)

Southern crabapple (Malus angustifolia)

Chickasaw plum (Prunus angustifolia)

Sawtooth blackberry (Rubus argutus)

Dewberry (Rubus trivialis)

Farkleberry (Vaccinium arboreum)

Evergreen blueberry (Vaccinium darrowi)

Elliot’s blueberry (Vaccinium elliotii)

Deerberry (Vaccinium stamineum)

Muscadine grape (Vitis rotundifolia)

I gave the PRMGs an overview of these species, the importance in breeding for improved varieties (if applicable), and the “center of origin” concept.  Below is a photo of me delivering the talk taken by Eileen Hollander:

Educating PRMGs at the Crosby Arboretum

Educating PRMGs at the Crosby Arboretum

More photos taken by the Assistant Director and Senior Curator of the Crosby Arboretum, Richelle Stafne:

Being introduced and starting the program

Being introduced and starting the program

Starting the presentation on Edible Native Fruits at the Crosby Arboretum

Starting the presentation on Edible Native Fruits at the Crosby Arboretum

That's me in the corner, That's me in the spotlight...

That’s me in the corner, That’s me in the spotlight…

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