2008 NYC GROWS Garden Festival

The Day In Review

The 3rd annual NYC GROWS Garden Festival, presented by Target, was held in Union Square Park on Sunday, April 27, 2008. Nearly 50,000 people wandered through a sea of more than 55 tents, where they sampled food and beverages, engaged in gardening discussions, planted seedlings, and took part in container gardening presentations, to name just a few. (See below for photos, and a full list of participants and activities.)

New this year, the Kid's Area was a huge success! Children and their families were entertained by puppeteers, storytellers, singers, and a magician. They decorated their own birdhouses, made seed jewelry, met preschool celebrity Wubbzy, and enjoyed a lemonade stand and activity court complete with croquet and hopscotch. more >>

Photos and Video from 2008 Festival

Recap of this year's event. more >>

Tips for City Gardening

From Urban Gardening Expert William Moss more >>

Demonstration Tent Schedule

Did you see a demonstration at the fesitval that you'd like to replicate, but forgot to grab a project sheet? Not to worry, NGA has you covered! Please click here to find and download the project instructions from this years festival.

11:00 NYC Parks & Recreation/New York Restoration Project MillionTreesNYC
11:30 Target Container gardening with Sean Conway
12:00 GreenMarket Chef Colin Alevras, The Tasting Room, prepares his favorite dish with local foods
12:30 GreenMarket Chefs Colin & Renée Alevras, The Tasting Room, prepare local foods family style
1:00 Organic Gardening Magazine Cooking with Rodale author Dana Jacobi
1:30 Organic Gardening Magazine Contributing Editor Willi Galloway creates an herb bookshelf
2:00 Target Container gardening with Sean Conway
2:30 National Gardening Association Urban gardening with William Moss
3:00 Ames True Temper Planting trees in containers with Vicki Payne
3:30 The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company Making Plant People with Rebecca Kolls
4:00 GreenPrints: "The Weeder's Digest" The Greatest Garden Stories Ever Told with Pat Stone
4:30 NYC Grows Garden Festival Drawing Prizes worth the trip (total value over $5,000)!

Kids Area

Stop by for kid-friendly shows in the Performance Tent throughout the day, and don't miss the Kids Puppet Mobile, Horse of Course Station, Family Cooking Activities, or the Target Play Zone.

Kids Performance Tent Schedule

11:00 Hijinx Entertainment Gather round for the Wacky Wizardry of the Conjuring Comic, Brian McGovern
11:30 Family Cook Productions Puppet Stew, Nutrition for ages PreK-5
12:00 GreenPrints: "The Weeder's Digest" Gardening Stories and Songs for Young People with Pat Stone
12:30 Family Cook Productions Puppet Stew, Nutrition for ages PreK-5
1:00 Take A Walk® Take a City Nature Walk with Jane Kirkland
1:30 GreenPrints: "The Weeder's Digest" Gardening Stories and Songs for Young People with Pat Stone
2:00 Take A Walk® Take a City Nature Walk with Jane Kirkland
2:30 GreenPrints: "The Weeder's Digest" Gardening Stories and Songs for Young People with Pat Stone
3:00 Take A Walk® Take a City Nature Walk with Jane Kirkland

Kids Area — All Day (or as noted)

10-5 Horse of Course Station NYC Mounted Police Horse of Course
11am Kids Puppet Mobile City Parks Foundation Cinderella Samba Marionette Show
2pm Kids Puppet Mobile City Parks Foundation Cinderella Samba Marionette Show

2008 NYC GROWS Garden Festival Drawing
Prize List

Entry Forms available at the Festival Information Tent. You do not have to be present to win.

Ames True Temper
—  Starter Kit (retail value $250)
Hilton Garden Inn-Chelsea
—  2-night stay (retail value $650)
Rodale
—  Bag of signed books (retail value $125)
Scholastic
—  Bag of books (retail value $100)
Target
—  Gift Card (retail value $1,500)
The Home Depot
—  Gift Card (retail value $1,000)
Union Square Hospitality Group
—  Dinner at Union Square Café (retail value $130)
Union Square Hospitality Group
—  Dinner at Gramercy Tavern (retail value $230)
Vicki Street
—  Jewelry (retail value $400)
Wow! Wow! Wubbzy
—  Preschool Garden Kit (retail value $1,000)

Participating Garden Personalities

Chef Colin Alevras
Chef Renée Alevras

Sean Conway

Willi Galloway
Dana Jacobi
Rebecca Kolls

Brian McGovern
William Moss
Charlie Nardozzi
Vicki Payne
Pat Stone
Read gardeners' bios more >>

Participating Organization List

Sponsors, Exhibitors, and Other Participants more >>

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