News Brief: Learn about Asian Vegetables

News Brief: Learn about Asian Vegetables

Author Wendy Kiang-Spray will address the Metropolitan Washington Garden Club on Wednesday, March 1, 8 p.m. at Fellowship Hall, Bethesda United Church of Christ, 10010 Fernwood Road, Bethesda.

She will discuss how to grow a variety of Asian vegetables such as chrysanthemum greens, luffa gourds, bitter melon and more. Kiang-Spray will explain how to use these vegetables traditionally and in recipes. Learn tricks to grow Asian greens and prevent bolting and pests, and how to use fragrant lemongrass or kaffir lime leaves in recipes.

Kiang-Spray is a freelance writer and speaker. Her book about growing and cooking Chinese vegetables, “The Chinese Kitchen Garden: Growing Techniques and Family Recipes from a Classic Cuisine,” was just released by Timber Press in February, 2017. She gardens in Rockville, where she works by day as a high school counselor.

In her spare time, she volunteers as a DC Master Gardener intern and blogs about gardening and family at Also, see her blog about Asian vegetables at