Greenhouse Open House Recap

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The Hort’s NYdigs Greenhouse & Kitchen Program and The Burpee Foundation celebrated our new greenhouse in Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park in mid-June. This free event was open for the community to explore the wonderful world of plants—both indoors and out.

Children and families hopped on the smoothie bike and blended their own organic green drinks made from The Hort’s secret farm fresh recipes (see below). Sofrito—also located in the Park—transformed mustards, chard and kale picked from our kitchen garden to make savory salads. Their famous Herbal Vinaigrette, a flavorful yet healthy salad dressing, was the perfect complement to our greens. Meanwhile, the Chefs Consortium prepared decadent berry treats like flaky scones and crepes topped with fresh, local strawberries. All recipes can be found below.

Kids of all ages enjoyed our DIY flower pendant, where chamomile and miniature roses were transformed into a living necklace—the real flowers garnished a small bottle of water and swayed on a rustic jute twine. To complement our horticultural therapy activities, health screenings were provided by the New York Presbyterian Hospital and a quiet meditation was led by the Shinnyo Center.

One of our generous sponsors, Mr. George Ball, Chairman & CEO of W. Atlee Burpee & Co., announced the winners of our seed and garden raffle. Both adults and kids alike were happy to win gardening kits, seed kits, curiosity kits, and more! If you missed the fun, please visit the greenhouse any Saturday from 10am-2pm at the Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park.

Open House Recipes

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