The Children’s Garden at the has won the American Horticulture Society’s 2012 Jane L. Taylor Award, given to “an individual, organization, or program that has inspired and nurtured future horticulturists through efforts in children’s and youth gardening.”
Since the Children’s Garden’s opening in 1914, kids have had the opportunity to grow flowers, vegetables, and herbs and learn firsthand about the horticultural world.
According to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, approximately 1,000 kids each year aged two to 17 plant and harvest vegetable crops and flowers under the guidance of garden instructors. Younger children combine planting, tending, and harvesting with cooking projects and garden-related crafts and stories, while older children engage in projects in science and ecology, and teens in the Garden Apprentice Program assist instructors with the younger children and maintain their own garden plots.
The Jane L. Taylor Award is one of the Great American Gardeners awards that the American Horticulture Society presents annually to “individuals, organizations, and businesses that represent the best in American gardening,” according to the Society.