We typically think of forestland and farmland as being mutually exclusive. But many indigenous people around the world traditionally have cultivated crops right alongside trees and shrubs, and some sustainable-development advocates believe it’s time to bring back and update these “agroforestry” practices. Read more …
A botanic garden in the U.K. is asking professional and amateur plantsmen to help them find cultivars of plants created by their eccentric, millionaire founder Herbert Whitley. Whitley was obsessed with the color blue, and worked to breed blue plants and blue fowl on his estate. He used the cultivar name Primley Blue.
“The New York Botanical Gardens might be my favorite thing I’ve seen since moving here. It’s in the Bronx, so it feels so far removed from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. It’s quiet! I loved the feeling of land! Lots of land. I wasn’t fighting for a piece of space the whole time.”—Sharon, the blogger behind the beautiful NYC Taught Me on her recent trip to the Garden. We’re so glad you enjoyed your visit Sharon! And yes, please come back for the Train Show, you’ll love it. Click through for the photos. They’re wonderful!
It’s not just grade school and high school cafeterias that need a “real food” makeover. Millions of adult Americans get their midday meal from corporate or college cafeterias, too. Mark Bittman takes a look at two food service companies that are trying to change the way cubicle dwellers and college kids eat.
While the specimens in the Herbarium at the New York Botanical Garden are preserved for the sake of research, a lot of them are very pretty. Take this Nama aretioides, or purple nama, for example. Really. Click through to get backgrounds for your computer or iPhone!
One New York City charter school took the health of its students (and teachers) by working to emulate the way private schools handle lunches. The result? Healthier, happier students, and lower food costs.
“But the effort to get nonprofit institutions to contribute more comes as many nonprofits are feeling the same pinch as cities: their endowments shrank as their investments lost money, contributions from donors and governments dried up and demand for their services remained the same or rose.”—Squeezed Cities Ask Nonprofits for More Money - The New York Times
What impressed me about the NYBG was that they seemed to be pushing the boundaries in every direction. A new azalea garden opens this weekend with 11 acres of azaleas planted among rocky outcrops and under existing trees.
Last year Michelle Obama presented the NYBG with the National Medal for its cutting edge work to advance global cultural understanding. I am not surprised. The place is beyond brilliant and I can’t wait to go back.
Classes are offered in the evenings, on weekends, and during the day, and Members receive a discount. So why not treat yourself to a little learning this summer? The New York Botanical Garden is New York City’s greatest garden. You deserve to learn from the best.
The Everett Children’s Adventure Garden is an amazing resource for city kids. There’s a pond full of frogs and turtles, there are laboratories, a mini-greenhouse, mazes, waterfalls, and apparently nests and nests full of baby robins.
Photos by Sarah A Paulson, Coordinator of Teen Programs