Elder: A Bounty in the Backyard



Course Leader: Angela Malmgren


Course Description

The scent of elderflower is difficult to describe, with notes of vanilla, citrus and rose, it reminds us of warm sunshine.

Elder bushes are common at the edge of forests, but also in suburban and even urban gardens. It is likely that you have an elder bush somewhere within walking distance to your home.

The blossoms are useful in many ways, from the traditional elderflower syrup, to cakes, sweets, medicinal teas, and even elderflower champagne. The berries are rich in vitamin C and have powerful health benefits for the winter months.

In this workshop you will learn how to identify and responsibly harvest elderflowers and elderberries. We will begin with a hike in a suburban and forested area where we will harvest from the local bushes. We will then process our harvest into some simple recipes which you can try at home as well. We will also taste test some finished elderflower and elderberry products.

You will go home with samples from our work, recipes, and inspiration to make use of this local bounty!


5 years to adult


CHF 80.00 (adults)

CHF 30.00 (children 12 years and under)

Upcoming Courses:

Elderflowers: Saturday May 27, 2023 (15:00-17:30)

Elderberries: Saturday August 26, 2023 (15:00-17:30)

Course Location:

The Permaculture Gardens at PopUp Dietlimoos

Untere Lettenstrasse 8, Adliswil (vis-à-vis Schule Dietlimoos)

Saturday May 27, 2023 (15:00-17:30)
Saturday August 26, 2023 (15:00-17:30)
Private Booking