Wilding: The Secret Life of Urban Plants

A Tuggeranong Arts Centre Public Program
Postponed until further notice because of COVID restrictions – see TAC website

Wilding includes a wild edibles foraging workshop and a symposium on human relationships with nature.

Barbie spoke with Diego Bonetto about his wild edibles foraging workshop

Wild edibles foraging workshop with Diego Bonetto

Diego is an edible weeds advocate based in Sydney, most famous for his offering of urban foraging workshops. Building on the knowledge acquired while growing up on a farm in Italy, Diego introduces people to the ever-present food and medicine plants that surround us.

Join wild food expert Diego Bonetto on a 2 hour stroll in the park and learn about the most common edible and medicinal plants that surround us all. 

This workshop will give insights into the abundance of edibles thriving in the colder months of the year. Typical species include: chickweed, dandelion, sowthistle, ironweed, flatweed, farmers friends and peppercress.

This workshop is designed to provide participants with solid skills on plant identification, re-learning old stories while paying respect to public and ancient resources.

Each participant will receive a booklet detailing 16 of the most common wild edibles.

Symposium – with Rebecca Mayo, Diego Bonetto and Aaron Chatfield

Rebecca Mayo is an Australian artist and  lecturer in the Printmedia and Drawing Workshop at the School of Art & Design, Australian National University. Trained in printmaking, she is interested in how characteristics of print, such as repetition, reproduction and copying, might articulate and connect to the politics of thinking, being and moving through the world.

She principally examines relations and interactions between human and more-than-human life, often in urban and peri-urban sites. She uses site and species-specific plant dye in her practice, thereby offering audiences a physical and material connection to these plants or places.

Kamilaroi man Aaron Chatfield is a First Nations cultural educator. An expert in local plant species as well as care and uses for plant life, Aaron is a well-known community workshop facilitator, working with many local schools and organisations to improve Canberra’s understanding of connecting to plant ecosystems and their many uses. Aaron is the director of local business, Dreamtime Connections.

Image from Tuggeranong Arts Centre website