Seeing (and tasting!) is believing, and The Edible Garden shows kids that good-for-you food can be just plain good. From digging in the vegetable garden to sampling from the Greenmarket, it’s easy for kids to make a connection with food while having fun.
All proceeds of The Edible Garden benefit the Children’s Gardening program.
Tuesdays–Fridays, 1:30–5:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Children investigate the relationships between flowers and important pollinators and learn how flowers become fruits. Celebrate Harvest Week, October 9–17, by making apple sauce, pressing apple prints, and exploring fruits and seeds harvested by animals around the Garden.
Tuesdays–Sundays, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
A Farm-to-Table play station in the Bendheim Global Greenhouse for the youngest visitors lets children pretend to be farmers. Through play, kids learn what grows on a farm. They can practice “harvesting” fruits and vegetables, and then use them to “cook” delicious recipes at the cafe.
Tuesdays–Sundays, 1:30–5:30 p.m.
Dig, Plant, Grow! takes place every afternoon in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden, a 1 1/2-acre garden where children and families learn about plants and the natural world through hands-on gardening. Children—with help from their parents, volunteers, and staff—are encouraged to dig, weed, compost, plant, tend, and harvest in garden plots. These ongoing garden activities are complemented by a changing roster of programs that encourage children to explore seasonally appropriate and garden-related themes.
Saturday, October 9–Sunday, October 31
Join us as we prepare the garden for the fast approaching winter. Plant a cover crop, bury bulbs before the frost, and grab a rake to help us gather all of the fallen leaves. Make marigold jewelry and sketch a still life of the last of the fall fruits and frame it with seeds!