Edible Garden, NYBG

We are stardust, we are golden and we got to get ourselves back to the garden.” - John Mitchell


Martha Stewart’s herb garden:

The big tent next to the Conservatory:

Whole Foods chef demonstrating Zucchini Bruschetta:

Me and Nick, Associate Director of 
Public Relations and Electronic Media under the big tent (© Ivo M. Vermeulen, NYBG):


Yesterday, I had the pleasure of going to a press preview of the Edible Garden at The New York Botanical Garden. Just twenty minutes from Grand Central and you're in a manicured paradise. Seriously, birds tweeting, flowers blooming, green lawns and that glass Victorian structure.

From the The New York Botanical Garden press release:
Set across the Botanical Garden’s 250-acre historic landscape from June 19 through October 17, 2010, the exhibition celebrates locally grown, seasonal food through cooking demonstrations each day, appearances by celebrity chefs during four festival weekends, a Greenmarket every Wednesday, a celebrity-narrated audio tour, and a rich schedule of programming that demonstrates the bounty, economy, and nutritional value of edible plants. Featuring four spectacular kitchen gardens, The Edible Garden teaches visitors how to grow the best food at home. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Gardening program.

Edible Garden is not an inexpensive event, here’s the pricing. However, there are free days for the general grounds. “Grounds admission is free to everyone all day on Wednesdays and from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays.”


Growing up, my family had a house on Long Island. The soil out there is rich and fertile, perfect for growing just about anything. My green-thumb mother had an herb and flower garden in front and big veggie garden in back. She grew sunflowers and pumpkins, zucchini and broccoli, lettuce, tomatoes, string beans and did I mention zucchini? Even though I was a city kid, still am, I was digging in dirt before I could walk. It gave me a great respect for food (and worms and bugs and bunnies), even knowing that some foods (fruits/veggies too) could hurt me. It gave me a sense of balance, too: some food comes from the store, some from the ground but the world of food is large and worth exploring.

So, why should a food allergic family or a food allergic adult go to an event like Edible Garden at The New York Botanical Garden? Simply stated, there are no nuts in a carrot (the alt title for this blog). For those of us with restricted diets it can feel like there are food “enemies” everywhere. But truly, the garden is a connection to food, a different connection and an important one, especially for children. (Yes, even if you’re allergic to fruits and veggies, which I am).

Go, get back to the Garden, Joni Mitchell says so.


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