One of the Edible Garden exhibits features heirloom vegetables.© homevegetablegardening.net
Stop by the greenhouse to see tropical fruits and foods such as a cacao tree, lychee, pomelo, cassava, sugar cane, rice and even an ice cream bean! Outside in Martha Stewart’s herb garden take a deep breath and you can smell culinary culture from Italy to Latin America. Cilantro, basil, lavender, mint and rosemary are grown here. In the children’s garden, activities run all day—you may plant a bean or create a pollinator puppet while learning how we get our food to grow.
In the Home Gardening Center there is a chance to learn everything you wanted to know about creating your own vegetable garden. Walk through the Seed Savers Heirloom Vegetable Garden, get a look at the different stages of composting and find out about economical edibles.
The exhibit runs June 27-September 13, featuring all kinds of activities, including Edible Evenings on Thursday nights July 9-August 20, and Cooking Demonstrations at the Conservatory Kitchen on Saturdays at 1pm and 3pm. There is also a Greenmarket on Wednesdays and Saturdays through November 14 featuring local produce, meat, cheese and baked goods.
If you’ve ever had an inclination to learn more about where your food comes from without having to read the latest environmental bestseller, this is the place for you. And who wouldn’t want to spend a summer day traipsing through tomato plants, grapes and mint leaves or cap the night off with an exotic botanical beverage?
CONTACT: The New York Botanical Garden, 718 817 8700