Kitchen Garden

  • image Welcome to the Kitchen Garden!

The locust pergola in the Kitchen Garden is designed with 4 wheelchair accessible raised beds, planted with different herbs, flowers, and vegetables each season, and benches for seating under the structure. The pergola supports hardi kiwi vines that provide shade to visitors. Look up and see the top-bar honey bee hive with viewing window!

The world of growing food is yours to explore!

  • image Wide Pathways allow easy access for strollers and wheelchairs
  • image Crops are planted throughout the growing season
  • image Have a seat under our kiwi vine pergola
  • image All kinds of things grow in ICG's Kitchen Garden
  • image Take a peek at the fruit growing on our espaliered trees
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  • image Salad-Farmers

Espalier is a French pruning technique well-suited for growing fruit trees in small, urban settings. By training fruit trees and berries along small, narrow spaces such as sunny walls and fence lines, espalier makes for easy picking and allows sunshine to reach all the fruit and branches. It also can be artfully trained into beautiful, productive sculpture! ICG campers have espaliered the trees into traditional and more whimsical shapes, including a kite, t-rex, fireworks, and more! Come see the apple, cherry, plum, and pear trees espaliered along the northern edge of the Kitchen Garden.

Sponsors and Supporters

The Kitchen Garden is supported by the ICG-GreenStar Partnership for Healthy Kids. Thanks to the Ithaca Garden Club and City of Ithaca for the donation of the fruit trees, planted in honor of Arbor Day, 2012, the Town of Ithaca for generous donations of compost, and numerous others who have contributed time, talent, seed, and plants to keep our Kitchen Garden growing for all.