Family Garden Programs
In the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden, The Edible Academy provides hands-on gardening activities from April through October, encouraging little ones and adults alike to play in the dirt. Hands-On Gardening Activities take place every afternoon, with topics that change monthly. The Children's Gardening Program kicks off its fall classes on September 6. Mario Batali's Kitchen Gardens are open as of April 1, while Cooking Demonstrations run throughout the summer on select days in the Whole Foods Market® Family Garden Kitchen. With new gardening programs and special events all year round, you'll always have a reason to come back.
Children's Gardening Program
Fall session begins September 6. Registration required.
Offered in the spring, summer, and fall, kids ages 3–12 plant, tend, and harvest vegetables, and are taught lessons on gardening topics from beans to worms. To learn more and to register, call 718.817.8181 or visit nybg.org/cgp
Hands-On Gardening Activities
Open daily from April 5 through October 3, 1:30–6 p.m. Guided Activities end at 5:30 p.m. Included in any All-Garden Pass.
Plants and imaginations grow at the Howell Family Garden, where kids are allowed—no, encouraged!—to play in the dirt. Display gardens, such as the Global Gardens and the Bean Tunnel or Salad Bowl, and daily interactive gardening activities delight and inspire.
Dig! Plant! Grow! activity themes:
- Wake Up, Garden!, April 5–18
- Wild, Wiggly Worms, April 19–May 9
- Salad Days, May 10–June 6
- Global Gardens Spring Harvest Celebration, June 7 & 8
- Sweet and Stinky, June 10–July 18
- Pickle Me!, July 19–August 15
- Global Gardens Summer Harvest Celebration, August 16 & 17
- Pollinator Pals: Bees and Butterflies, August 19–October 3
Ongoing. Included in any All-Garden Pass.
Cooking demonstrations take place every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 and 4 p.m. at the Whole Foods Market® Family Garden Kitchen.
Family Garden Kitchen sponsored by
Seasonal Demonstrations & Tastings
July 30, August 27, & September 24; 1–3 p.m.
Join Whole Foods Market® Culinary Demonstration Specialists at NYBG's Reflecting Pool for cooking demonstrations and tastings featuring the season's best picks, including rosemary, tomatoes, summer squash, and eggplant.
July 27, August 10, September 14 & 21; 5–7:30 p.m.
A MasterCard® Priceless New York Event
Each al fresco dinner features a three-course, family-style menu designed and hosted by one of Mario's chefs using fresh, seasonal ingredients. Learn more.
Edible Garden Harvest Festival
September 27–28. Separate event ticket required.
Celebrate the bounty of the fall season with cooking demonstrations, samples from local New York and producers, and artisanal beer and wine. On Sunday only, take part in the annual Family Picnic featuring a cooking demonstration by Chef Batali and his cohost from ABC's The Chew, Carla Hall. More information coming soon. Sign up to be notified by e-mail when tickets go on sale.
The Edible Academy and programs in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden are supported by the Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation, Inc., Amy Goldman Fowler, Ph.D., Robert F. Gossett, Jr., the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Marion Moore Foundation, Inc., Morgan Stanley, the New York City Mayor’s Office and the City Council, Newman’s Own Foundation, Norinchukin Foundation, Inc., Jill and Alan Rappaport, and Whole Foods Market®.