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Marking a major expansion of its acclaimed garden-based education program, The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) has opened a new $28 million Edible Academy. The indoor-outdoor campus, designed by the distinguished architecture firm Cooper Robertson, is at the cutting edge of sustainable technology and will allow NYBG’s edible gardening program for children, families, teachers, and the general public to double its capacity to 100,000 people annually and operate year-round.

For visitors to New York City, NYBG’s Edible Academy is just 20 minutes from Midtown and opens up a new range of summer and year-round workshops, camps and courses that will add an experiential, learning vacation component to urban adventures. For visiting families, a day trip or week-long camp program offers kids of all ages the chance to experience hands-on gardening activities and attend camps in summer that are focused on art, sustainability and culinary themes at one of New York City’s greatest cultural treasures. Activities include:

Hands-On Gardening Activities in the Edible Academy
Children are invited to roll up their sleeves and help tend the gardens in the Edible Academy. Dig in the soil, sow seeds, water the seedlings, and harvest ripe produce. Each season offers new themes to investigate through hands-on activities and take-home projects. Tuesdays–Sundays and Monday holidays through November 4, 2018. For hours, visit

Seasonal Programs at the Edible Academy

  • Pickle Me!: July 17–August 10
  • Pollinator Pals: August 14–September 9
  • Three Sisters: Corn, Beans, Squash: September 11–October 5
  • Goodnight, Garden: October 9–November 4

Family Weekend Series in August and October

  • Totally Tomatoes: August 11–12
  • Harvest Weekend: October 6–8

Edible Academy Fresh from the Garden Tastings

  • Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays; through November 4, 2018
    2–2:30 p.m., 4–4:30 p.m.
  • Cooking demonstrations, presented by Whole Foods Market®, encourage families to get hands-on with healthy cooking. New recipes featuring plants grown in the Edible Academy are offered each week. Edible Academy staff will demonstrate family-friendly recipes using seasonal vegetables, fruits, and herbs. Kids and adults alike will learn how garden-to-table cooking is not only nutritious, but fun, too.

The Edible Academy, with the existing Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden as its centerpiece, features a 5,300-square-foot classroom building with a demonstration kitchen and a high-tech classroom; a teaching greenhouse; two outdoor pavilions for programs, including one at treetop level offering a vista of the Garden’s old-growth forest and the Bronx River; a tiered lawn amphitheater designed to seat 350; and spacious gardens where children, educators, and other visitors will learn about plants and grow and harvest their own produce.

Visit NYBG’s website for more info on The Edible Academy

The New York Botanical Garden is a museum of plants located at Bronx River Parkway (Exit 7W) and Fordham Road. It is easy to reach by Metro-North Railroad, bus, or subway. The Garden is open year-round, Tuesday through Sunday and Monday federal holidays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The best way to enjoy the Garden is with the All-Garden Pass, which includes admission to the grounds as well as to seasonal gardens, exhibitions, and attractions such as the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, and Tram Tour. For ticket pricing, please check the web site. For more information, please call 718.817.8700 or visit

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