Foodology: Dig In!
Feast on Holiday Fun at the 2013 Gardenland Express Show

Feast on Holiday Fun at the 2013 Gardenland Express Show

The Garden's annual holiday flower and train show celebrates "Gathering for the Feast."
What St. Louis Eats: Sam's Herb Garden

What St. Louis Eats: Sam's Herb Garden

One young Garden visitor has turned his interest in herbs into a tasty hobby.
Take the Family Food Challenge!

Take the Family Food Challenge!

Learn more about the foods you eat, from the ways they are grown to the ways they are prepared and enjoyed.

The Multi-purpose Pepper

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The Multi-purpose Pepper

On July 23rd Herbs & Heirlooms Tuesdays will be presenting the tried-and-true pepper (Capsicum annuum), and the first 200 participants will be able to take home a recipe card and a plant of their own!

Peppers, also called chili peppers, are herbaceous perennials that produce edible and showy fruit. They have great uses as a vegetable, and are more than suitable as an annual.

There are three different categories of peppers: sweet peppers, hot peppers, or ornamental peppers but all peppers can be highly ornamental with their deep green leaves and variety of fruits shapes, sizes, and colors.

Peppers need warm weather to grow and are able to tolerate droughts. Only transplant peppers into your garden from peat pots once all danger of frost is gone and night temperatures are consistently at or above 55ºF. Peppers will do the best in full sunlight with a medium amount of water.

One of the earliest plants cultivated in the New World were peppers, and they have been used in food ingredients for over 8,000 years. Be a part of this tradition and get your own pepper plant at the Garden’s Victorian District from 10 a.m. until noon. For more information visit

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Throughout 2013, the Garden is inviting everyone to dig deep into the roots of food, think about plants on their plate in whole new ways, connect and share with others and get inspired...
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Fall/Winter Food
and Cooking Classes

Fall and Winter Course CatalogExplore the cultural origins of food, learn how to prepare plant-inspired meals and discover the benefits of eating local with our full menu of food and cooking classes. 
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Exploring Edible Plant Life

Andrew Townesmith and his edible plant referencesDiscover the extensive diversity of edible plant life around the globe with Garden research specialist Andrew Townesmith.

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