Running With Veggies: The Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden Opens

Teaching garden instructs about food and good ecological practices


Scott Zentz, center, checks out the plants at the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden with his children, Mckenna Zentz, 4, left, and twin sons, Braden Zentz, center, and Dylan Zentz, right, both 7, during Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden Opening Celebration on Saturday.

Thetwo-day festival featured garden tours, sustainable gardening experts and several hands-on activities for kids. The garden features organic vegetable beds, an orchard, fruiting shrubs and vines, a reconstructed tobacco barn, a rain garden, a chicken coop, cold frames for winter planting, outdoor classroom space and two cisterns that can hold more than 7,000 gallons of rainwater.

The garden takes a hands-on approach to teaching visitors about where our food comes from and ideal ecological practice. Its centerpiece is the Burpee Learning Center, a tobacco barn rebuilt from two historic barns donated by Larry Daniel, former associate director of Duke Gardens, and paid for in part by the Burpee Foundation.  The garden itself is named after an avid organic gardener and columnist from Kinston who dedicated her adult life to teaching people about the importance of organic foods and gardening. Her descendants donated the funds to build the garden.

Below, Nadia Harris, 5, uses a rock to make a "veggie-prints" during the celebration. A veggie print is made by placing a piece of paper on top on a plate of vegetable and then pressing a rock onto the paper and vegetables.

Photos by Megan Morr/Duke University Photography