The last weekend in June I was at The New York Botanical Garden’s opening of The Edible Garden, their summer long exhibition. Saturday morning I gave a lecture on heirloom vegetables and antique flowers and how to incorporate them into your edible landscape. Then, I was in the Seed Savers Garden for the rest of the day, answering questions and teaching people how to save their own seeds. The New York Botanical Garden will offer many more events featuring edible plants throughout the summer, such as their Edible Evenings: A Celebration of Wine, Beer, and Food featuring well-known chefs, demonstrations, and food and wine samplings. You also may want to check the progress of my Seed Savers Garden and attend some of the other edible landscaping presentations like the Home Gardening Center Demonstrations on Saturdays and Sundays. If you are particularly interested in seed saving make sure you visit the Seed Savers’ website and if you want to get started right away, the gift shop at The New York Botanical Garden has a large selection of Seed Saver seeds.
The following photos show the initial planting of the garden I designed in March and how it looked on opening day. I will update you with photos of the same garden as it grows throughout the season.
Signing books on Saturday afternoon - © TalismanPHOTO, The NYBG
Laying out the chives in a geometric pattern to add some edible landscaping style - © Ivo M. Vermeulen, The NYBG
Three raised beds with curly kale, young basil, Bull's Blood beets, new teepees for cucumbers and tomatoes - © Ivo M. Vermeulen, The NYBG
The raised beds on the opposite side include the chive diamonds, triangles of basil, Bull's Blood beets, and tomatoes - © Ivo M. Vermeulen, The NYBG
Sign describing the Seed Savers Garden - © Ivo M. Vermeulen, The NYBG