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 12. Mario Batali's Kitchen Gardens are open through November 1, while Cooking Demonstrations run throughout early fall 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 12.

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

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:

Cooking Demonstrations

Through November 1. 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

Family Dinners with Mario Batali's Chefs

July 19, August 9, September 13; 5–7:30 p.m.

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.