Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden

April - October

Plants and imaginations grow at the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden, where you're allowed (no, encouraged!) to play in the dirt. Dig for worms, plant seeds, and learn about foods grown on the other side of the world. Enjoy hands-on activities every day and come for special events like Scarecrow and Harvest Weekend. Or join the Children's Gardening Program, which gives you and a partner your very own garden plot to take care of. You'll find that gardening opens the door to a world of discovery and fun, and that the best flowers and vegetables are the ones you grow yourself!

The Family Garden is home to the gardening programs of The Edible Academy. Together they bring plenty of fun for adults and kids alike, with cooking demonstrations in the Whole Foods Market® Family Garden Kitchen; daily, family-friendly activities; and hands-on gardening. Teacher professional development courses and workshops round out the slate of programs the Family Garden has to offer.

Dig! Plant! Grow!

Hands-On Gardening Activities at the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden

Open daily starting in early spring 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 Breakfast Bowl, and daily interactive gardening activities delight and inspire.

  • Children's Gardening Program

    Spring, Summer and Fall Sessions

    This hands-on program offered in spring, summer, and fall allows kids ages 3-12 to plant, tend, and harvest vegetables, and provides lessons on gardening topics from apples to worms. To learn more and to register, call 718.817.8181.

    Come join us for the adventure – Check out our current and upcoming family events.

    Want to know what's going on at the Garden right now? There are many ways to keep on top of Garden happenings! Find the one that's right for you, and we'll keep you updated with informative, beautiful, and interesting updates throughout the week.



    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®.

    Family Garden Kitchen sponsored by