When the Invasive Gets Tough…Make Beer?

WED, JUL 29, 2015

Fallopia japonica, also known as Japanese knotweed, fleeceflower, Mexican bamboo, and other common names, is a highly successful, non-native perennial from eastern Asia. It can be seen along roadsides, riverbeds, and in empty lots in impenetrable stands up to 10 feet in height. It is indeed tough. But in the early spring, it is also tender…and edible. Pamela Thompson, Arnold Arboretum Manager of Adult Education, was joined by edible enthusiasts and brewers to share the history of this plant’s movement around the globe and the gustatory possibilities of this pernicious perennial, including beer.

What’s a Tree Mob™? Tree Mobs are interactions with scientists or other specialists at the Arnold Arboretum, and provide another pathway to enjoy and learn in the landscape. Experts share little-known facts about our living plant collection, its relevance today, and its importance to future generations. A Tree Mob may attract a small group or a large gathering—we won’t know until it takes place. Join us in the landscape and discover something new.

+ BIO: Pamela Kristan

Pamela Kristan is an author, teacher, and consultant, and has helped thousands of individuals and organizations find practical, creative strategies to improve their lives. Since the late 80’s, Pam has run a successful business, authored books, moderated local speak-outs for National Take Back Your Time Day, and given hundreds of talks, workshops, retreats, and consultations around the world.

+ BIO: Kristen Sykes

When not brewing beer, Kristen practices advocacy, grass roots organizing and communications about national forest management and laws as the Director of Conservation Strategies for the Appalachian Mountain Club.

Follow Kristen on Twitter: @BeerLady2

(Photo by Slumbrew)

+ BIO: Will Meyers

Will homebrewed his first beer twenty years ago and has subsequently enjoyed a long career at CBC. In addition to his authentic interpretations of traditional beers, he crafts unique, adventuresome beers – some of which reference ancient brews of the world and others which break new ground in the art of brewing.

+ BIO: Pam Thompson

As manager of adult education, Pam develops a range of programs to encourage interest in and exploration of horticulture, gardening, natural sciences, and landscape. In May 2010, she received a master’s degree in communications management from Simmons College. Outside of work, she gardens with her three cats and plays ice hockey year-round with several women’s teams.

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