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Cool Crops to Plant, A Harvest to Reap, and Twelve Garden Beds to put to Sleep


August 22, 2008

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Register Now for the Fall Session of the HSBC Children’s Garden!


Most parents would envy Rebecca Wolf.

Her kids—all 52 of them—like vegetables.


So much so, that they grew 12 beds of them this summer, in the HSBC Children’s Garden at Queens Botanical Garden.  As she stands surrounded by row after row of verdant stalks and vines, veggies of all shapes, sizes, colors, and textures tumble from poles, peek through leaves, and are ripening before her eyes. 

“It’s been a great season,” says Rebecca, who is the Children’s Garden coordinator.  She recalls salad days, zucchini cookies baked in solar ovens, pickles made from cucumbers, and dyes squeezed from beets.  In addition to tending garden beds and learning about vegetables, as well as flowers and herbs, kids got a close-up look at Great Horned Owls, hunted for insects, built shelters from natural materials, learned about worms, and created cloud finders, among other activities.

She turns her attention back to the bounty at her feet.  “Now we need to bring in the harvest, plant bulbs for spring, and put the garden to sleep for the winter.” For help, she’ll look to a new group of young horticulturists, ages 5 to12, who, like those participants returning from the spring and summer sessions, really like vegetables.

Registration is under way for the fall session of the Children’s Garden, which begins on Saturday, September 6.  Parents can contact Rebecca at (718) 886-3800, ext. 229 or e-mail her at rwolf@queensbotanical.org.“  "I actually think the fall session is the most fun,” says Rebecca. “The kids enjoy the benefits of a wonderful harvest, but also get to do a bit of their own growing.  They’ll start by planting some fast-growing, cool weather crops such as spinach and radishes.” 

The first “green” camp in Queens also offers kids the opportunity to practice different sustainable gardening techniques, such as composting and mulching, and learn about the reuse and recycling of materials.  Fall sessions in the HSBC Children’s Garden will be held on Saturdays, through September 27, from 9:30 am to 12 noon.  The fee is $200; $180 for QBG family members. 

Located at 43-50 Main Street in Flushing, Queens Botanical Garden is easily accessible by car, train, or bus.  Parking is available in the Garden’s lot on Crommelin Street.  For travel directions and more information visit www.queensbotanical.org or call (718) 886-3800.


HSBC Children’s Garden enjoys lead support from HSBC Bank, N.A.  Additional support has been provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; the Zoos, Botanical Gardens, and Aquariums Grant Program of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation; and Walter Kaner Children’s Foundation.


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