Archive for the ‘Outdoors’ Category

With crocuses poking up and green buds dotting long dormant trees, Spring is the perfect season to reacquaint yourself with the nooks and crannies of Central Park. This Saturday, explore the less traversed realms of CP with the Central Park Conservancy‘s Manhattan Adirondacks tour. Meander for an hour through the North Woods as a guide describes how the park’s architects, Olmstead and Vaux, designed this section of the park with the same topography and flora as New York’s mountainous region. So get out and smell the fresh air.

Free. Saturday, March 29th at 10am. Call 212-860-1370 for directions.


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Can you hear that? It’s Spring — not Suzie Snowflake — tap-tap-tapping at your windowpane. Celebrate the budding trees with the Brooklyn Botanical Garden‘s Making Brooklyn Bloom. This Saturday’s (March 8th) installment is “Edible NYC: Green It! Grow It! Eat It!” and features a plethora of lectures and workshops on cultivating your own dinner … along with free admission! Just print out this flyer — which also has a handy-dandy schedule of events — to waltz in gratis.

Homegrown greens and sustainable agriculture has garnered a lot of well-deserved press lately because of the bestselling book The Omnivore’s Dilemma, an incredible, if often frightening look at America’s agricultural systems and how they affect the global environment, your body and everything in between.

Some workshops that sound intriguing:

  • Savoring Home-Grown Herbs all Year Round (Sandra McLean, Slow Food NYC)
  • Grow it Anywhere in Windowboxes and Containers (Jennifer Williams, BBG gardener of Interior Displays)
  • Fruit and Nut Trees in the City (Paul Glover and Phil Forsyth, Philly Orchard Project)
  • Brewing Compost Tea (Karla Osorio-Perez and Luke Halligan, BBG Brooklyn Compost Project)

Use that extra daylight like the farmers do; green up your life!

Edible NYC takes place Saturday, March 8th, from 10am-4pm at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. Click here for directions and details. Free with flyer. Registration from 10-11am. Most workshops and lectures begin at 11am.

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