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Children's garden, 1920

Courtesy of the Rockefeller Archive Center

For many years, a garden at the Institute was part of a citywide effort to provide school children with healthful summer activities. The New York Times reported in 1917 that this garden "was the resort of many poor children and their mothers...and not one of the children who worked there was attacked by infantile paralysis." In 1922, 500 children and 81 adults registered to plant and tend the garden. E.B.White, in the August 20, 1927, New Yorker, wrote of "the vast front yard of the Rockefeller Institute, where kids of the neighborhood annually raise a hundred thousand radishes with ecstatic zeal."


Rockefeller Institute, campus, children's garden


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