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Mario Bataliís Edible Garden
(See More about Mario Bataliís Edible Garden)
(Shop in the Garden Website)
August 27 Ė September 25, 2011

Assoc. VP, Creative Services & Marketing: Terry Skoda
Assoc. Dir. of PR and Electronic Media: Nicholas Leshi

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
August 26, 2011


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One might notice the fateful date of my trip to the New York Botanical Garden, just the day before Hurricane Irene. I wanted to be sure to see Mario Bataliís Edible Garden, in case a few tomatoes and vines were tossed about in the wind and rain. Fortunately the storm mostly spared New York City, and the Batali Garden remains in fine shape. Yet, the photos of this day certainly illustrate the chalky white sky and impending clouds. The air was thick, but summer birds were singing, and the Gardenís vegetables and flowers were colorfully thriving. I made good use of the Garden tram today and arrived a few minutes early, but Dave, a garden specialist, let me in. He was rewarded with a great photo in front of his leafy masterpiece.

The Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and the Batali Edible Garden is showcased within, with families invited for daily gardening activities and cooking demonstrations. Kid-friendly recipes encourage children to sample and search for ingredients, right inside the garden. Cooking demonstrations, in a state-of-the art outdoor kitchen, provided by Viking, feature the latest in Anolon Gourmet Cookware. Whole Foods Market donated organic cooking ingredients for easy, classic recipes created by Mario and chefs from his restaurants. I was greeted by Toby Adams, the Family Garden Manager, and Annie Novak, his Assistant Manager, plus members of the staff. I was also honored with a bag of fresh green beans, purple and red tomatoes, and gorgeous red and green peppers. During the weekend storm, these very vegetables were the heart of my dinners, some steamed, others cut fresh for salads. In true Chef de Cuisine fashion, I found additional ingredients to adorn the plate, from my storm food supply, like canned tuna, smoked salmon, and Mexican hot sauce.

In Mario Bataliís Edible Garden, gardening plots highlight Bataliís favorite vegetables and fruits, like berries, beets, beans, garlic, and greens. There are cooking demonstrations Tuesday-Sunday, at 2 PM and 4 PM. Guest chefs arrive for these events, like Eataly Vegetable Butcher, Alicia Walter, and Eataly Chef of Le Verdure, Kiah Lotus. On September 24 & 25, 2011, from 1:30 Ė 5:30 PM, Bataliís restaurant chefs will stop by, including Batali, himself, on Sunday, September 25th, for ďMorning with MarioĒ. This event requires a special ticket, and take-home dishes are included, as well as full Garden access. One section of Bataliís Edible Garden is shaped like a pizza, with patches shaped like slices, growing ingredients like eggplants, tomatoes, basil, and wheat. The Batali Berry Patch grows strawberries and black, red, and golden raspberries. The Howell Family Garden has programs for kids in spring, summer, and fall, starting at age three. Parents or guardians accompany children, as they explore, dig, and make crafts. Older kids plant gardens and prepare recipes. The Garden provides work sheets for reading and memory exercises, excellent core learning with hands-on experiences.

My day began with a tour of the Shop in the Garden, where I bought two gorgeous Dracaena Art plants, with long green, shiny leaves and yellow trim on each. Theyíre perfect for apartments and should enjoy the view, as both are placed near windows. Maria, in the Shop, was quite helpful, and I photographed gifts, plants, books, and gardening tools that caught my eye. From the Shop, I took an informative tram ride to the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden, passing late summer perennials, the Goldman Stone Mill, and the Benenson Ornamental Conifers. A multitude of roses, in numerous colors and with numerous personalized names, were still in bloom. I mostly had the Rose Garden to myself, as, again, people were home preparing for the storm. I was able to enjoy the expansive, unobstructed views. The tram ride to the Batali Garden was brief but beautiful.

From the Howell Family Garden and Batali Edible Garden, the tram took me back to the main tram stop, where I stopped for lunch, cold soda and a grilled vegetable salad. Then I walked to the Haupt Conservatory and its Waterlily and Lotuses Pools. Both are enchanting, and they were truly a reward at the end of the visit. Brightly sparkling water came alive with bustling golden and white-orange fish. The lilies and lotuses were exquisite and evocative of Monetís Giverny ponds. From the Waterlily Pools, I wandered through the herbs and perennials, then returned to the Shop, where I was helped in bringing my two plants into the car service. Be sure on your visit to the Botanical Garden to save time for the Shop, with its fragrant sachets and soaps, botanical cards and trays, childrenís toys and crafts, and garden design books. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and light, layered clothing, and also be sure to bring your camera. There are expansive parking lots, and the Metro North train stops right at the Garden gate. And, donít miss Mario Bataliís Edible Garden!


Mario Bataliís Edible Garden


Dave, Garden Specialist, at the
Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden
and Mario Batali's Edible Garden
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden
and Mario Batali's Edible Garden
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden
and Mario Batali's Edible Garden
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden
and Mario Batali's Edible Garden
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden
and Mario Batali's Edible Garden
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden
and Mario Batali's Edible Garden
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden
and Mario Batali's Edible Garden
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden
and Mario Batali's Edible Garden
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden
and Mario Batali's Edible Garden
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden
and Mario Batali's Edible Garden
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden
and Mario Batali's Edible Garden
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden
and Mario Batali's Edible Garden
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden
and Mario Batali's Edible Garden
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden
and Mario Batali's Edible Garden
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden
and Mario Batali's Edible Garden
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden
and Mario Batali's Edible Garden
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden
and Mario Batali's Edible Garden
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden
and Mario Batali's Edible Garden
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden
and Mario Batali's Edible Garden
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Handmade Mosaic Tile Garden Table
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Toby Adams, Family Garden Manager
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden
and Mario Batali's Edible Garden
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Family Garden Staff, Including
Toby Adams, Family Garden Manager &
Annie Novak, Family Garden Asst. Manager
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower





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