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The New York Botanical Garden Presents "The Edible Garden" 2010 , Amidst Roses and Nature Walks

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The New York Botanical Garden
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The Edible Garden, Roses, and Serene Nature Walks
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The Edible Garden: June 19 – October 17, 2010

VP for Communications: Karl F. Lauby
Assoc. VP Creative Services & Marketing: Terry Skoda
Assoc. Dir. PR & Electronic Media: Nicholas Leshi


Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
July 1, 2010


(See Photos of The Jane Watson Irwin Perennial Garden & Martha Stewart's Culinary Herb Garden)

(See More Photos of Edible Gardens, Children's Adventure Garden, Rockefeller Rose Garden, and Serene Woodland Destinations)

(See New Summer Photos of Garden Gifts, Gear, and Botanical Cookbooks at The Shop In the Garden)

Edible Garden 2010 Introduction and Photos of Herbal, Vegetable, Perennial Gardens and a Cooking Demonstration

Today was the only mild, sunny, gorgeous day on the horizon, and I shifted my calendar to spend the day at The New York Botanical Garden toward the beginning of its now annual Edible Garden Festival Weekends, Plant Displays, Cooking Demonstrations, Children’s Events, and Edible Garden Gifts in The Shop in the Garden. Once again I was amazed at the expansive scope of this four-month celebration of the planting and preparation of organic vegetables and herbs, from earth to table.

In addition to planning the day for walkable, enjoyable weather, I also coordinated the day with Nick Leshi, Associate Director of Public Relations and Electronic Media at the Botanical Garden, for golf cart rides to key locations, so little time was lost in navigating the Garden’s multiple acres of Haupt Conservatory displays, Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, Martha Stewart Herbal Garden, Rockefeller Rose Garden, trial planting beds, live cooking demonstrations, colorful gifts at The Shop in the Garden, and serendipitous serene woodlands and waterfalls. Of course, my outdoor lunch on the Garden Café patio, with hot coffee and smoked turkey sandwich, was so lovely beside the adjacent evergreens.

All along the vegetable plantings were large-print posters that enlightened the visitor and made the experience richly rewarding. There was even a “Garden for the Senses”, a tribute to Helen Keller, that invited guests to listen for birds and feel the breezes. Lilies, lavender, eggplants, and apricots mingled in luscious, colorful, informative displays. Posters of celebrity chefs, many of whom will present cooking demonstrations, marked vegetable and herbal plantings. For about 30 minutes I watched a Whole Foods cooking demonstration, learning how to marinate swordfish and scallops and how to dice a mango for tropical toppings. Being at The Garden on a weekday was an entirely fresh experience, as walkways were wide for long-range photography. I was able to catch couples on benches and strolling nature aficionados with parasols, brimmed hats, and reading books as props.

The perennial gardens were exploding in color – yellow-golds, oranges, reds, purples – and I even caught bumble bees gathering pollen on thick golden blossoms. The Children’s Adventure Garden drew young families and adult visitors alike to observe leafy greens, honey houses (like white apartment buildings for bees), and plants shaped like a kangaroo. The Rose Garden on its own is worth summer exploration, with wild roses, tiny roses, full English roses, roses named for renowned celebrities, and roses named in honor of loved ones. Some roses were ripe and full, while others were bursting buds. The Botanical Garden’s iconic wooden benches were plentiful at strategic points among elegant rose bushes. Directly from the Rose Garden I headed for my favorite Garden sanctuary under leafy woodlands, beside rushing waterfalls and reflecting ponds.
Here I saw rabbits, frogs, black squirrels, chipmunks, and an endless array of swooping birds. The blue sky and cotton-puff clouds shone brightly in the clear, still pond.

Back at The Shop in the Garden, my final destination, I was again treated to wide aisles and open views of hostess gifts and garden gear, much of which coordinated with The Edible Garden motif. There were leafy plates, napkins, and glassware, botanical and culinary garden books, exotic houseplants and cacti, children’s nature games, books, and puzzles, botanical jewelry and table linen décor, seeds, sachets, hats, flower presses, t-shirts, watering cans and hoses, and plant minerals and soil. The Garden Security called a taxi for me, and the day at The Garden could not be perfected. I’m already anticipating next year’s annual Orchid Show and hopefully another literary garden festival. Do not miss The New York Botanical Garden’s “The Edible Garden” 2010, running through October 17, 2010. Wear comfortable shoes, light clothing, and be sure to bring your camera. You might even see a rabbit, frog, chipmunk, or black squirrel along the way!



Nick Leshi,
Associate Director, PR,
The New York Botanical Garden
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Herbs, Perennials, Vegetable Plantings
The Edible Garden 2010
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Herbs, Perennials, Vegetable Plantings
The Edible Garden 2010
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Herbs, Perennials, Vegetable Plantings
The Edible Garden 2010
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Herbs, Perennials, Vegetable Plantings
The Edible Garden 2010
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Herbs, Perennials, Vegetable Plantings
The Edible Garden 2010
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Herbs, Perennials, Vegetable Plantings
The Edible Garden 2010
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Herbs, Perennials, Vegetable Plantings
The Edible Garden 2010
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Herbs, Perennials, Vegetable Plantings
The Edible Garden 2010
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Herbs, Perennials, Vegetable Plantings
The Edible Garden 2010
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Herbs, Perennials, Vegetable Plantings
The Edible Garden 2010
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Herbs, Perennials, Vegetable Plantings
The Edible Garden 2010
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Herbs, Perennials, Vegetable Plantings
The Edible Garden 2010
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Herbs, Perennials, Vegetable Plantings
The Edible Garden 2010
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Herbs, Perennials, Vegetable Plantings
The Edible Garden 2010
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Herbs, Perennials, Vegetable Plantings
The Edible Garden 2010
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Herbs, Perennials, Vegetable Plantings
The Edible Garden 2010
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Herbs, Perennials, Vegetable Plantings
The Edible Garden 2010
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Herbs, Perennials, Vegetable Plantings
The Edible Garden 2010
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Herbs, Perennials, Vegetable Plantings
The Edible Garden 2010
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Herbs, Perennials, Vegetable Plantings
The Edible Garden 2010
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


A Rushing Brook
in the Garden
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Herbs, Perennials, Vegetable Plantings
The Edible Garden 2010
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Herbs, Perennials, Vegetable Plantings
The Edible Garden 2010
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Herbs, Perennials, Vegetable Plantings
The Edible Garden 2010
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Whole Foods Market
Cooking Demonstration
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Whole Foods Market
Cooking Demonstration
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Whole Foods Market
Cooking Demonstration
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Whole Foods Market
Cooking Demonstration
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Herbs, Perennials, Vegetable Plantings
The Edible Garden 2010
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Garden Cafe,
Lunch Destination
Photo Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower





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