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The Edible Garden at the New York Botanical Garden!

From: Jim
Sent on: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 8:29 PM
Hey VegOut Pals!

This is the first of two trips to the New York Botanical Garden for the exhibit The Edible Garden.

Isn't this what we're all about anyway? Bring your fork and a bottle of Organicville Thousand Island Dressing and let's have lunch on them! OK, just kidding.

There is inspiration everywhere at NYBG. You will be invigorated by the best of the best. Ruby Swiss Chard, anyone? Is Asparagas over already? No worries, there are Kales, Kholrabis and Collards abounding! If you've been in a culinary rut, this garden will have you thinking about whole new beginnings. Bring your cameras! The sun shining through a piece of leafy green is Platonic perfection.

There is much to see at this exhibition. For starters there are the kitchen gardens:

Martha Stewart's Culinary Herb Garden (have you seen my ankle cuff?)
Seed Savers Heirloom Vegetable Garden (this group is insuring our survival. Really. Monsanto hates them.)
Chili Pepper Trial Bed (Ancho? Chipotle? Jalapeno? Habanero? Must I go on? I confess already!)
Eggplant Trial Bed (Dirt Candy on East 9th Street makes it five-ways. How about you?)
Tomato Trial Bed (Haven't tomatoes endured enough this past year? Let them be free!)
Blueberry Trial Bed (Give me cobbler or give me d__th, I mean buckle, no, crumble)
Sensory Garden (Say "water" Helen. Did I just type that???)

Then there is the Container Garden at the Conservatory where you can learn how to do it all on your postage stamp balcony.

We'll meet at Grand Central Terminal by the information desk clock in the main hall at 11:00am for an 11:25am Metro North train to Botanical Garden Station. We'll aim for being on the train at 11:20am. You can purchase a combo train/garden entrance ticket at any Metro North ticketing machine or through an agent. Check service advisories that weekend for your subway or bus line at mta.info.

Feel free to bring lunch or pick up lunch at the food court on the lower level of GCT. There are two cafes at the Garden as well. The larger Garden Cafe has Veggie Burgers, Vegetarian Chili and Green Salads. The NYBG could be much better in this regard which is why I recommend purchasing/bringing food with us. There are several lovely picnic areas on the grounds for us to enjoy lunch. If you're running late and do choose to purchase food at the Garden they will supply take away containers.

If our shoes are holding up we have:

Losing Paradise? Endangered Plants Here and Around the World - The culmination of a three-year project undertaken by artists from the United States and around the world, Losing Paradise? features botanical artwork of at-risk plants from all six habitable continents. The traveling exhibition and accompanying catalog is curated by the American Society of Botanical Artists and developed in collaboration with the Smithsonian?s National Museum of Natural History.

and

Emily Dickinson's Garden: The Poetry of Flowers - An exhibition of over 50 fascinating artifacts?books, manuscripts, watercolors, and photographs telling the story of Emily Dickinson?s life?is featured in the Mertz Library's William D. Rondina and Giovanni Foroni LoFaro Gallery.

Are you exhausted just reading this? You won't be tired seeing any of these things. Remember seeds are pure energy. They manifest in nutrient dense plants waiting to be admired and, of course, eaten (oh dear!). You'll have energy for everything the Garden has to offer this day.

Two of my favorite things we'll be seeing at the Garden: The HyGro Fans at the Nolen Greenhouses for Living Collections and - drumroll, please - the best bathrooms in NYC (18 foot ceilings)! (The BBs are right outside the gallery shows)


For further Garden info click here.

We'll catch either the 3:39pm or 4:39pm train back to Grand Central depending upon how we're holding up.

Yours in all things Veg-centric,

Jim

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