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Archive: July 2012

Weekly Greenmarket Preview: Gazpacho Time!

Posted in Around the Garden on July 31 2012, by Ann Rafalko

Rose de Berne tomatoIt’s tomato time, and that can only mean one thing, that it is also gazpacho time. Gazpacho (or gaspacho) is a cold soup from Spain. It is refreshing, healthy, delicious, and a great way to showcase the intense flavor of summer’s most perfect tomatoes.

Gazpacho generally consists of a few basic ingredients; tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, garlic and olive oil, but as with most “simple” recipes, the variations are endless. We have rounded up a handful of our favorite gazpacho recipes below. Do you have a favorite variation we haven’t mentioned? Feel free to tell us in the comments!

Summertime is also a good time to brush up on your food safety smarts. To that end the Cornell Cooperative Extension will be at the Greenmarket this week 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. to offer tips and answer all your food safety questions.

The weekly NYBG Greenmarket occurs every Wednesday through November 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. near Tulip Tree Allée. Admission and parking for the weekly Greenmarket is always free, and EBT, WIC, and FMNP and NYC Health Bucks are accepted.

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Plant Profiles: Unusual Annuals Continued…

Posted in Gardening Tips, Gardens and Collections on July 31 2012, by Sonia Uyterhoeven

Sonia Uyterhoeven is the NYBG‘s Gardener for Public Education.

Dusty Miller (Centaurea cineraria)

Sometimes the ordinary can look extraordinary just by making a few changes. This is the case with dusty miller (Centaurea cineraria) in the Home Gardening Center. In one of the beds we have ‘Gloucester White’ growing alongside Salvia ‘Wendy’s Wish’ and Petunia Supertunia® ‘Vista Silverberry’. This is how you would expect to see it in a display–partnered in a nice color combination with other annuals.

In an adjacent bed, however, we have done something different. The same dusty miller, ‘Gloucester White’, has been grown into a standard. The two specimens that you see are between four and five years old. Dusty miller is a vigorous grower and forms a woody stem fairly quickly, making it an ideal candidate for a standard.

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Mario Batali’s Kitchen Gardens: Nothing to ‘choke About!

Posted in Around the Garden on July 30 2012, by Ann Rafalko

ArtichokeArtichokes look vaguely dangerous and are difficult to eat and prepare, but enlightened eaters know that they are a very worthy labor of love.

I am a bit carcofi mad. I have loved them since I was a young child. I would request them every year for my birthday alongside a grilled steak until well into my 20s. How did I, a kid who grew up with food aversions just like any other kid, become hooked on such an unlikely vegetable? My mother simply served them to me, I tried them, and I loved them!

Would you like the opportunity to introduce your children to this strange vegetable, too? Then bring them to our next Family Dinner with Mario Batali’s Chefs with Chef Alex Pilas of Eataly and Chef Dan Drohan of Otto Enoteca Pizzeria on Thursday, August 2 in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden. Artichokes are growing beautifully alongside a massive collection of herbs in the Eataly beds of ‘Mario Batali’s Kitchen Gardens,’ and will be served as a main course alongside leg of lamb and dandelion greens by chefs Pilas and Drohan.

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This Weekend: Creating Little Artists

Posted in Around the Garden, Programs and Events on July 27 2012, by Matt Newman

Is it too early to plan for your child’s critically acclaimed gallery showings? Maybe not! Because sometimes inspiration just needs a little coaxing. Join the NYBG on Saturday, July 28, as we host MasterCard® “Priceless Budding Masters” in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, guiding each young artist through a hands-on exploration of the links between nature and their own boundless creativity.

Just as Claude Monet looked to his garden to find his muse, kids will enjoy the opportunity to indulge inspiration through the plants and flowers around them, channeling what they see, smell, and touch into masterpieces of their own. Once finished, each young Impressionist’s painting will be photographed for our online gallery–or even hang in the Budding Masters Gallery if your child chooses. That’s a long way from sticking it on the kitchen fridge. So be sure to sign up today, as remaining spots are sure to disappear quickly!

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A.C.T.I.O.N. Greens the Bronx

Posted in Learning Experiences on July 26 2012, by Matt Newman

As the community outreach arm of The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx Green-Up is invested in the future of our Bronx neighborhoods, providing horticultural advice, technical assistance, and training to the growing urban gardening movement here in the borough. It’s this very program that earned the NYBG the prestigious National Medal for Museum and Library Service in 2010, as given by first lady Michelle Obama. Through workshops and certificate programs, as well as harvest festivals, BGU is still building on that honor, working tirelessly to bring community gardeners together through the sharing of information. And so far, it’s working. Just ask the newly-minted gardeners of the A.C.T.I.O.N. group!

It stands for Activists Coming to Inform Our Neighborhood, and it’s an apt description for an outfit looking to identify and tackle environmental and social justice concerns at home. After four dedicated seasons of tutelage under our BGU horticulturists, these 21 teens returned to their south Bronx neighborhood with useful new tools in hand, ready to paint Hunts Point green. They did it not only through classroom learning, but hands-on activities in the soil, learning the ins and outs of a food system under increased scrutiny in areas such as the Bronx. Now they’re able to look past the supermarket produce aisle, turning to shovels, wheelbarrows, and plenty of elbow grease to tackle the issues in their own garden plots–from seed to harvest.

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