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Totally Tomatoes Weekend
August 10 - August 11$12 – $28
The summer harvest at the New York Botanical Garden has brought plenty of everyones favorite summer fruit — tomatoes! And during Totally Tomatoes Weekend, thanks to warm sun and rich soil, the plum, cherry, and beefsteak varieties—along with a cast of odd and interesting heirlooms—ripen for the picking. Taste the rewards of the harvest with culinary demos; design an apron and get crafty with herbs for your next batch of bruschetta; and green your thumb in the garden beds with hands-on tomato tending.
So…roll up your sleeves and dig into the family fun with hands-on activities throughout the garden at the Edible Academy including:
• Gardening Activities / Ongoing, 10am –5:30pm
The gardeners always welcome a helping hand, and they’re happy to share their years of knowledge to help you grow a healthy tomato plant at home. Water and harvest, meet the team, and pot up a basil plant to bring home for your next caprese salad.
• Culinary Demonstrations / 10:30 a.m.; 12, 1:30, 3, & 4:30 p.m.
In the Edible Academy kitchen, find local chefs and NYBG gardeners coming together to bring the flavors of the tomato from the vine to the plate, showing you how to put the kaleidoscopic colors and shapes of this summer fruit to work in any meal. Be sure to try a free sample.
• Makers Station / Ongoing, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Make your own colorful apron, using botanical stamps to make your creative statement. Then put your taste buds to work tossing together an herbal mix you can take home to spruce up your next batch of bruschetta.
• Tours & Family Fun
Heirloom tomatoes grow in a rainbow of different colors—and even more odd shapes and sizes—and their history of cultivation is just as diverse. Pop into the E.A.T. Lab for family-friendly fun ranging from tastings of these colorful summer fruits to puppet shows to tours of the bountiful vegetable gardens.
Admission to the Totally Tomatoes Weekend is included in the All-Garden Pass, so you can enjoy all the Garden has to offer. All-Garden Passes are $28 for adults; $25 for students (with valid ID) and seniors; $12 for children ages 2-12, and free for children under the age of 2.
For more details and to purchased tickets to the Totally Tomatoes Weekend, click: www.nybg.org/event/totally-tomatoes-weekend