Edible Estates Garden Opening

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Monday, September 14, 2009 - 11:00am to 1:30pm

Edible Estates Garden Opening

The "Lenape Edible Estate: Manhattan" was planted on June 13, 2009, and will officially open to the public on Monday, September 14, from 6:00 – 8:30 PM. The opening will be accompanied by activities, talks, garden tours, native foods, corn shucking, a video premiere, and a celebration marking the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Henry Hudson to the island of Manhattan.

Located at Hudson Guild
441 West 26th Street at 10th Avenue


6:00 - Garden tours, harvest activities, cooking workshops, corn shucking, weeding, C.S.A. stands, and free native Manhattan food and drink.

7:00 - Premiere of the “Lenape Edible Estate: Manhattan” video, about the garden and the history of eating on the island of Manhattan, as told by Eric Sanderson of the Mannahatta Project. With a few opening words and discussion with Fritz Haeg and Eric Sanderson.

7:45 - Return to the garden and Lenape Garden display room for continuing refreshments and activities.


The Lenape Edible Estate: Manhattan was created to provide a view back to the lives of the native Lenape people, how they lived off the land 400 years ago on the island of Mannahatta, from the native edible plants and their mounded plantings of beans, corn and squash, also know as “three sisters.” This garden is a meditation both on the historical facts and the future possibilities for our occupation of the island. The garden design is broken down into 5 distinct zones, woods, berry patch, low wetland, flowering meadow, and three sisters. Within each there are a variety of edibles, both natives and cultivars of the Lenape. The garden will be surrounded by signage identifying each of the plants with a brief story. This garden landscape is intended primarily to be viewed from the outside, looking into the past. A central gathering circle will be available to groups of visiting students both working on and studying the garden.

EDIBLE ESTATES has initiated a series of regional prototype front yard gardens since 2005 for families in Salina, KS; Lakewood, CA; Maplewood, NJ; London, UK; Austin, TX and Baltimore, MD. HUDSON GUILD is based in Elliott Chelsea Houses and was founded in 1895 to build community in Chelsea and beyond through a broad range of programs and services. Elliott Chelsea Houses are part of a large complex of public housing towers owned and managed by the New York Public Housing Authority (NYCHA) in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. NEW YORK RESTORATION PROJECT is a nonprofit founded by Bette Midler in 1995 to partner with individuals, community-based groups, and public agencies to reclaim, restore, and develop under-resourced parks, community gardens, and open space in New York City, primarily in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. FRIENDS OF THE HIGH LINE is a nonprofit founded in 1999 to promote the reuse of the abandoned west-side rail line into an elevated linear park. THE MANNAHATTA PROJECT was founded by Eric Sanderson, a landscape ecologist based in New York City at the Wildlife Conservation Society.