Early spring daffodils blooming in the Family Garden

Family Garden

Ruth Rea Howell Vegetable Garden

At the Ruth Rea Howell Vegetable Garden, everyone—ages 3 to 103—is encouraged to play in the dirt. You’re also invited to dig for worms, plant seeds, and learn about foods grown around the world. Enjoy hands-on activities every day or join the Children’s Gardening Program, and learn to care for your very own garden plot. The best flowers and vegetables are the ones you grow yourself!

This garden is the centerpiece of The Edible Academy, and its planned state-of-the-art facility, will significantly expand the edible gardening program opportunities, so that twice as many children, parents, and teachers (from 50,000 to 100,000) can learn how to grow organic fruits and vegetables, as well as make the important connections among plants, gardening, nutrition, and the benefits of a healthful lifestyle. Adults and kids alike can enjoy seasonal activities including cooking demonstrations in the Whole Foods Market® Vegetable Garden Kitchen; daily, family-friendly activities; and hands-on gardening. Teacher professional development courses and school group gardening workshops round out the slate of programs the Vegetable Garden has to offer.