The New York Botanical Garden inaugurated the vegetable planting season in its sprawling Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden on Friday.
Local schoolkids from PS 205 on Webster Avenue and PS 46 on East 198th Street participated.
Officials talked to the children about the importance of fruits and vegetables in a balanced diet and eating healthily, especially in a borough with alarming rates of childhood obesity and diabetes.
Following the ceremony, Garden staff and elected officials traveled by van to the Garden of Happiness, a community garden on Prospect Avenue, where children from nearby PS 211 planted and tended to garden beds. The NYBG provides support to community gardens through its Bronx Green-Up program.
For more information on the Family Garden and the Children’s Gardening Program at the NYBG, call (718) 817-8181.