Edible Garden

Fruit Trees, Vegetables, Herbs and Edible flowers

With South Florida’s unique climate, our season to grow and harvest most vegetables takes place in the winter months. Sowing seeds in November, cultivating the plants through the early spring harvest is a new concept for many newcomers to the region. This garden explores what will grow well in South Florida as well as incorporating herbs, tropical fruit and edible flowers.  Surrounding the Chickee Hut is a collection of fruit trees with some pruned to small scale, known as Dooryard Fruit, to facilitate easy harvest, ease of care and limited spaces. The main beds of the garden are loosely modeled after a Potager, or French Kitchen Garden, and change seasonaly. The Edible Garden is an active teaching garden with an outdoor classroom and raised beds for students of all ages to actively learn.

Collection Highlights:

Snake Gourds (Trichosanthes cucumerina) not only resemble frightening, dangling and squirming snakes but are actually edible and nutritious!
Jack Fruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus) is the world’s largest fruit, growing up to 70lbs! It tastes like an overripe combination of apple, banana and pineapple.
Philippine Jade Vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys) has the most unusual color of any flower with its blend of seafoam greenish-blue and purple. It is not edible.