Food is at the center of many of life’s most important events. When we gather together for a meal, the dishes we share often tell a story—and we share a bit of ourselves. Explore the rich cultural history of what we eat throughout this multifaceted, engaging exhibition that examines the art and science of foodways and food traditions, many dating back thousands of years. From global dietary staples such as rice, beans, squash, and corn to the regional spice and flavor provided by peppers, greens, and tomatoes, plants are at the base of all culinary customs. Discover the diversity and beauty of plants that are grown for cuisine around the world. Across NYBG’s 250-acre landscape, uncover the botanical origins of the foods you think you know; gain a deeper understanding of the environmental and social impacts of food choices throughout history; and gather at artist-designed tables that explore the significance of the featured plants, bringing to life inspiring stories of community and survival.
Explore the diversity and beauty of hundreds of varieties of plants that are grown for food all over the world through a living exhibition in and around the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. From an undulating field of grains to edible plants such as bananas and dates, dig into the background of where food comes from and the origins of agricultural techniques and food traditions.
Artist-Designed Tables & Gallery Exhibitions
Gather around tables designed by Bronx artists and set throughout the Garden’s landscape. Artists are invited to explore the cultural and historical significance of edible plants and plant-based food traditions, and bring to life inspiring stories of community and survival.
Discover works by contemporary artist Lina Puerta in the Mertz Library Building Art Gallery as well as the compelling stories behind murals by Bronx-based muralist Andre Trenier in the Ross Gallery.
Weekend Celebrations, Wellness Wednesdays, and More
Throughout the exhibition, join us for special weekend celebrations spotlighting the traditions of Juneteenth and seasonality of pickling, tomatoes, and more. On Wellness Wednesdays, enjoy local produce at NYBG’s Farmers Market and health and wellness activities.
Ongoing weekend programming highlights the artist-designed tables and celebrates food with cooking demonstrations and other culinary-themed activities.
Exhibition Date: June 4, 2022 - September 11, 2022
Location: New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10458-5126
Hours: The Garden is open 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday, and Monday federal holidays.
Special exhibitions and events, such as Members-Only Previews, may cause early closing of Garden areas. To find out about becoming a Botanical Garden Member and the many special benefits Membership offers, or to join online, click here.
Effective March 8, 2022: In accordance with CDC, state, and local guidelines, proof of vaccination is no longer required for visitors to NYBG, and face coverings are not required. Please keep in mind that many staff and visitors may continue to wear face coverings for a variety of reasons. If you are sick or symptomatic we ask you to visit on another day. Your kindness and consideration of others is greatly appreciated.