On Saturday, May 25th a Middle School Initiative event was conducted at the New York Botanical Gardens.
The first stop was ‘Wild Medicine: healing plants from around the world.’ At the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.
Inside the conservatory stations were posted where the students could sample some of the plants on show; Tea, Tropical juices and chocolate. The students were very happy to learn that some chocolate was good for them. They started by tasting 100% cacao chocolate and ended with 70% cacao - they preferred the latter!
The NYBG guides were very helpful and we learned many things about the conservatory, such as the water in the pools being dyed black as to better reflect the plants. But the students appeared most amazed to learn that plants are not just pretty to look at but are also in many cases, a source of medicine.
After the exhibition we took a tram around the Botanical Gardens and students discussed all that they saw and learned. Many students said they couldn't wait to bring their families to the New York Botanical Gardens.