The Edible Garden, Summer-Long Exhibitions at The New York Botanical Garden June 27 through September 13, 2009

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NEW YORK, June 24 // -- Set throughout The New York Botanical Garden's 250-acre landscape, The Edible Garden is a summer-long celebration of growing great food. Multiple exhibitions inspire visitors to grow, prepare, and eat garden-fresh produce and offer opportunities for children and adults to better understand how plants provide the food and drink essential to maintaining life, enhancing wellness, and sustaining the planet. Details can be found online at http://www.nybg.org/edible_garden/.

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090624/NY37785)

Visitors to the Botanical Garden can enjoy two Festival Weekends--June 27 & 28 and September 12 & 13--that celebrate local, sustainable food choices and global cuisine, respectively; seven Thursday evenings, July 9-August 20, including wine and beer tastings, and food-related programming; and exhibitions such as Martha Stewart's Culinary Herb Garden, Beginner's Vegetable Garden, Seed Savers Heirloom Vegetable Garden, Tropical Fruits, Roots, and Shoots, among others.

The Edible Audio Tour, narrated by Mario Batali, with commentary by James Beard Foundation 2009 Outstanding Chef Award-Winner Dan Barber, allows visitors to discover where their food comes from and how it gets to their table.

Through a wide variety of displays and programs, The Edible Garden demonstrates the bounty of edible plants, teaches vegetable growing and garden design, and offers celebrity food presentations. Esteemed chefs and television personalities scheduled to appear include Martha Stewart, Emeril Lagasse, Lidia Bastianich, Daisy Martinez, Aida Mollenkamp, Sunny Anderson, Anne Burrell, and other connoisseurs.

On select days Cooking Demonstrations in the Conservatory Kitchen located on the Conservatory Lawn, provided by Viking and designed by National Kitchen & Bath Association, will showcase renowned and up-and-coming chefs using the latest in kitchenware from sponsor Anolon. Visitors will discover "farm to table" cooking, new and exciting ways of incorporating fresh produce and herbs into everyday meals, lectures, and panels.

Good Food Gardens, sponsored by Food Network, uses gardens as a nutrition-education tool that provides kids with affordable access to the food they need to live active, healthy lives. After The Edible Garden ends, Food Network will donate the Good Food Garden on display in the Home Gardening Center to a local school.

Through horticulture, education, and science programming, The Edible Garden showcases the essential role that the Botanical Garden plays in researching, understanding, and educating the public about the significance of edible plants. For more information, visit nybg.org or call 718.817.8700.

Leadership Sponsors

Amy P. Goldman

LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust

Major Sponsor

Anolon

Additional Support

Food Network

National Kitchen and Bath Association

Viking

Whole Foods Market

Official Media Sponsor

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.

Local Media Sponsor

New York Magazine

Exhibitions in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory are made possible by the Estate of Enid A. Haupt.

JPMorgan Chase, Presenting Sponsor, Global Biodiversity Programs.



    Media Contact: Nick Leshi 718.817.8658/8616 or nleshi@nybg.org; Images available

    

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