Yet another surprising place where gardens are popping up: Hospitals. Theraputic gardens help patients on their path to recovery in a variety of ways. Our Adult Education program offers a variety of classes in Horticultural Therapy.
There’s a movement afoot in the United Kingdom to place a tax upon peat used in gardening. Peat has been used in the U.K. traditionally as a soil amendment, in addition to it’s traditional role as a component in seed-starting soils. In it’s place gardening experts are pushing good old-fashioned compost.
The depressing part of this story: Someone robbed the community-managed, volunteer-run Narrows Botanical Garden in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn of some of its most prized plants and supplies on, of all days, Earth Day.
Now, to the good part: Area businesses are doing everything they can to help the lovely little garden in the shadow of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge restock in time for their annual fundraiser plant sale. The sale is at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, April 30; Shore Road at 69th St.
Scientists are calling the “neotropcial” blueberries extreme superfruits - and say that with up to 11 times the antioxidant oomph of ordinary blueberries, they could afford even more protection against heart disease, cancer, and other ailments.
What’s the catch? Neotropical blueberries are hard to come by in the U.S. Study co-author Dr. Paola Pedraza-Penalosa told CBS News that she was aware of only one source - a blueberry-containing Ecuadorean chocolate bar that’s sold only in specialty grocery stores.
Dramm makes the best watering tools, hands down. They’re used by horticultural professionals everywhere, because they provide large amounts of water in the most gentle way. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that they’re so colorful and cheery! We think a sprayer and hose set would make an excellent Mother’s Day present for the gardening lady in your life.
Ohio State University looks set to become the newest member of an elite club: Institutions that have managed to get a Titan Arum, aka Amorphophallus titanum, aka the corpse plant to bloom. The enormous, smelly plants are so hard to coax into flower that fewer than 100 have done so in cultivation since the first one bloomed right here at The New York Botanical Garden in 1937. Click the link above to see a live video stream of the plant!
Plans are coming together for a new rooftop school garden that will grow on the roof of a building that houses three separate schools—P.S. 64, the Tompkins Square Middle School and the Earth School—in Manhattan’s East Village. The project has received city and state funds to help it reach fruition, and will hopefully begin to be built this summer.
“Good nutrition starts with knowing where your food comes from, and the sooner you make that connection, the healthier you’ll eat all life long. That was the message from celebrity chef Mario Batali as he planted a vegetable garden at the New York Botanical Garden.”—Planting seeds of nutrition with Mario Batali
“I snicker; this is my kind of spring. The kind of spring that takes the time to do it right. This is a cold spring that slowly unfurls and demands distinct attention HARK! the latency of nature’s majesty revealed in languid tones.”—Sarah of Saipua on spring 2011 ~ in the garden of good and evil
A fun list of overlooked and under-appreciated seed varieties at the Hudson Valley Seed Library this year. We’re surprised that radishes and green tomatoes are on the list. What is your favorite misunderstood vegetable to grow?
Green Currency: Plants in the Economy—an exhibition of botanical art at The New York Botanical Garden which opens to the public today—offers the rare chance to look through a wide array of beautifully hand-drawn or hand-painted illustrations of plants. Each plant has been chosen for its economic value and importance in our everyday lives.