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 spring classes on March 26. Mario Batali's Kitchen Gardens open May 3, while Cooking Demonstrations start May 4 for 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
Spring session begins March 26.
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
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 2–May 1
- Salad Days, May 3–June 10
- Global Gardens Spring Harvest Celebration, June 11 & 12
- Scent-sational Herbs, June 14–July 17
- Pickle Me!, July 19–August 12
- Global Gardens Summer Harvest Celebration, August 13 & 14
- Pollinator Pals, August 16–September 11
- Three Sisters: Corn, Beans, Squash, September 13–October 7
- Scarecrow Weekend, October 8–10
- Goodnight, Garden!, October 11–30
Beginning May 4. 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.
The Children's Gardening Program is a part of the MetLife Healthy Families Program at the Garden, made possible through the generous support of
The Edible Academy and programs in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden are supported by Bank of America, Mr. and Mrs. Coleman P. Burke, the Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation, Inc., Amy Goldman Fowler, Ph.D., Robert F. Gossett, Jr., the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Jill Joyce, Macy's, the Marion Moore Foundation, Inc., Morgan Stanley, the New York City Mayor's Office and the New York City Council, New York State and Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, Newman's Own Foundation, Norinchukin Foundation, Inc., Jill and Alan Rappaport, Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Royce, Caroline A. Wamsler, Ph.D., and DeWayne N. Phillips, and Whole Foods Market®.
Additional leadership support for Children's Education Programs is provided by the Altman Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan C. Clay, Con Edison, Entergy Nuclear Northeast, The Everett Foundation, Eugene and Emily Grant Family Foundation, William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Mrs. Andrew Heiskell, Motorola Solutions Foundation, Newman's Own Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, The Palm Foundation, and The Walt Disney Company.