For Families

Every day at the Garden families can embark on an exciting adventure to discover the world of plants. Each season brings new opportunities to explore and to make lifelong connections with nature.

The New York Botanical Garden is the perfect place to bring your family any time of year, with outdoor nature exploration each day in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden featuring seasonally changing programs, themed outdoor galleries, a nature wetland, and more. 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. Dig! Plant! Grow! with us every afternoon, taking part in activities that change monthly. With new gardening programs and special events all year round, you'll always have a reason to come back!


Seasonal Highlights

Dig, Plant, Grow: Goodnight, Garden
October 4 – November 2, 1:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Join us in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden as we prepare the garden for the change in seasons. Plant a cover crop, bury bulbs before the frost, and grab a rake to gather all of the fallen leaves.

The Haunted Pumpkin Garden
September 20 – October 31

Bring your whole family to enjoy this exciting annual tradition at the Garden. This year, The Haunted Pumpkin Garden combines the spooky fun of Halloween festivities with an astonishing display of the most eye-catching and intriguing pumpkins and gourds. On October 18 & 19, Ray Villafane will work his carving magic to create intricate pumpkin sculptures, while the largest pumpkins from North America will once again call the Garden home on October 25 & 26.

Mario Batali's Kitchen Gardens
April 5 – November 2, 1:30 – 6 p.m.

Kids can explore the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden with Mario's Menu Mystery game, featuring favorite vegetables and herbs from nine of his restaurants' kitchens.


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 Children's Gardening Program is a part of the MetLife Healthy Families Program at the Garden, made possible through the generous support of

Community Garden Programs sponsored by

Leadership support for Children's Education Programs is provided by the Altman Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan C. Clay, Con Edison, Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation, Inc., The Everett Foundation, William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Mrs. Andrew Heiskell, Motorola Solutions Foundation, and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.