Open for harvest to patients, caregivers and community members this season

The Ross Heart Hospital is proud to announce our third season of the Ohio State University Ross Heart Hospital Community Garden. The purpose of the garden is to improve the health and wellness of its visitors by informing them of the importance of healthy eating, cooking and nutrition. The garden is open to Ross Heart Hospital patients, caregivers and community members. The garden is located at 680 Vernon Tharp St., next to the Ohio State Equine Center.

Ross Garden 2017 Monthly Classes

Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m. at the Ross Garden (680 Vernon Tharp St.)

April 12, 2017

Container gardening... learn techniques from our own expert, Elaine Grassbaugh, on how to make any container a fresh garden.

Container gardens are great for beginners. They increase accessibility to fresh foods that help to reduce chronic disease as well as reducing your carbon footprint. Container gardens are also kid-friendly and are a great way to spend time together as a family. Learn techniques from our own expert, Elaine Grassbaugh, on how to make any container a fresh garden!

Ross Garden 2017 Weekly Classes

Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m. at the Ross Garden (680 Vernon Tharp St.). Harvest sessions will begin in June immediately following each class.

May 3: The truth behind food labels

Be an informed consumer and learn how to interpret the information on those mandatory nutrition labels. Led by Ohio State Wexner Medical Center Director of Nutrition Services Jim Warner and Outpatient Dietician Ashlea Braun.

May 10: Pick a peck of pickled peppers!

This class is all about the world of peppers. From ghost peppers to the simple green pepper, learn how to incorporate more peppers into your diet.

May 17: From the root cellar

Root vegetables have been a nutrition staple for thousands of years. From beets to yams, discover the techniques to bring out the flavor of this underground nutritional powerhouse!

May 24: Summer grilling and the living is easy

Grilled fruits and vegetables are one of life’s simple pleasures. Join us for this outdoor class featuring easy recipes to bring out the best these plants have to offer!

May 31: I’m all about the sprouts

From mung to bean, these nutritionally dense youngsters can play a big role in your diet.

June 7: The first cut is the deepest

Rod Stewart sings it best, but this knife skills class will keep you from singing along. Bring your   butcher knives from home for this hands-on class that will teach you how to cut properly.

June 14: Stop and smell the roses                   

Join us for a guided tour of the arboretum learning gardens adjacent to the Ross Community Garden. Learn and ask questions as you stroll through this beautiful perennial garden.

June 21: In the kitchen with Jacob Kuchan

If you like Alton Brown, you will love Chef Kuchan. He will share his knowledge of food science and kitchen prep skills, which will leave you asking, “How did he do that?” 

June 28: Let’s get physical

Practice some stretching activities led by one of our health coaches, then cool down with simple hors d’oeuvres fresh out of the oven. What to wear? What physical fitness level should they have? What age group is this for?

July 5: There will be no class or harvesting this week.

July 12: Ask a pharmacist

Doctor of Pharmacy Erik Abel will discuss common medications, potential side effects and new treatments.

July 19: Cooking with brew with Chef David Brue

Yes, this is exactly what you think it is – cooking with beer! Chef Brue will share his favorite beer and vegetable entrees and sauces. No Natty Light will be used in this frothy demonstration.

July 26: An evening with Dr. Ravi Tripathi

Dr. Tripathi, an anesthesiologist, will share his insights and considerable experience regarding the virtues of a plant-based diet. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

August 2: I’m stuck at a fast food joint! Now what?

Learn how to navigate around the menu at fast food and fast casual restaurants for food choices that fit your healthy lifestyle. Menus from a number of leading restaurants will be shared and analyzed.

August 9: Beating the blues

Feeling blue is common, especially after experiencing a major life change such as a heart event. Join us to discuss common symptoms of depression and anxiety and ways to combat them.   

August 16: Dark chocolate and you

Dark chocolate has been shown to have many health benefits, such as helping to lower blood pressure, improving blood flow, preventing the formation of blood clots and preventing arteriosclerosis. Plus it tastes great! We will make a flourless chocolate torte and chocolate fondue with fresh fruit. Bonus: learn how to dip fruit like a pro.       

August 23: Plan your work, work your plan

Learn how to establish a weekly meal plan, shop and prepare for nightly dinners like a champ. Save time, money and enjoy dinner time again. Ashlea Braun will share her secrets.

August 30: Gardenside Chat

Come sit for a garden side chat with Dr. Rami Khayat, a pulmonologist and sleep expert, and Dr. Thomas Ryan, a cardiologist and heart imaging specialists as well as our Heart and Vascular Center leader. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

September 6: How time flies!

Help us celebrate the third year of our garden in style! We will dine al fresco in the garden with seasonal produce, prepared by Wexner Medical Center chefs.


*Classes subject to change. You must attend the class prior to harvesting from the garden. 

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