Edible and Useful Plants


Dr. Charles Allen will give a hands-on demonstration with fresh and dried samples of edible and useful plants at Westside Regional Library on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 6:00-8:00 PM.  After giving a brief overview of each plant, Dr. Allen will encourage participants to taste and smell each sample.  Dr. Allen will be signing and selling copies of his books Louisiana Wildflower Guide and Edible Plants of the Gulf South.  Please call Tammy DiBartolo at 318-442-2483, extension 1906, for more information.  Mrs. DiBartolo can also be reached by emailing youthservices@rpl.org.

“Dr. Allen will have various plants native to Louisiana that attendees can taste and smell,” said Outreach Services Coordinator Tammy DiBartolo.  “This program is part of the Summer Reading Program for adults. The theme for Adult Summer Reading 2013 is ‘Groundbreaking Reads,’ so this program is a perfect fit.”

Dr. Allen is the coauthor of the recently published Louisiana Wildflowers Guide, Edible Plants of the Gulf South, Trees Shrubs and Woody Vines of Louisiana, and Grasses of Louisiana, 3rd Ed.  He has presented edible plant, butterfly gardening, and prairie and wildflower talks to many groups not only in Louisiana but also in Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, Arkansas, and Texas.

Westside Regional Library is part of the Rapides Parish Library System and is located at 5416 Provine Place in Alexandria, Louisiana.  For more information about Rapides Parish Library, visit www.rpl.org or call 318-445-2411, ext. 1030.

The Rapides Parish Library is a medium-size public library, serving Rapides Parish located in central Louisiana. The library consists of a Main Library, 5 urban branches, 4 rural branches, a bookmobile which includes service to the homebound, and a van service to child development centers.