The New York Botanical Garden will officially kick-off the 2010 Community Vegetable Gardening Season with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden on May 12. In a celebration of the benefits of vegetable gardening and using fresh produce in daily meals, Bronx schoolchildren will participate in hands-on educational planting activities and local community gardeners will receive a “Get Growing” package of materials, courtesy of the Botanical Garden and Scotts, to help them begin the gardening season.
The New York Botanical Garden has a proud tradition of promoting vegetable gardening and its life-long benefits to its visitors, school groups, teachers, and amateur and professional gardening students through the Family Garden and Bronx Green-Up programs, which are supported with funds contributed by both private and public sources.
Through its national Give Back to Gro™ program, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, a supporter of the Botanical Garden’s community vegetable gardening activities, strives to promote community gardening and educate the public on edible gardening best practices. Give Back to Gro program partners include Keep America Beautiful, Garden Writers Association, Plant A Row for the Hungry, National Gardening Association, and Franklin Park Conservatory.
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