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

We’re excited to announce that The Ross Heart Hospital Garden has even more to offer this year than in previous seasons. The garden was established in 2015 to give patients the tools they need to improve their own health, educating them in healthy cooking and facilitating discussion between community members and expert clinicians on how a nutrient-dense diet can improve overall wellness.

This year, classes will be held weekly from May through mid-September, and they will be available to Ross Heart Hospital patients, caregivers and community members. All classes are free to attend. You won’t want to miss this.

During our first class of the season, “Healthy and Inspiralizing Pastas,” attendees will use spiralized vegetables to create healthy, nutrient dense versions of your favorite pasta dishes! Later in the season, class members will learn techniques such as the best way to grill vegetables, how pulses heart reduce your risk of heart disease, and some food prep tips and tricks with Chef Asbury. Have you ever wondered how nutrition may affect how we sleep? Participants will have the rare opportunity to speak with pulmonologist and sleep expert Dr. Rami Khayat during our “Sleep Special.” Confused about buzzwords like natural/organic/Non-GMO? We’ll get there, too! All of this and so much more is featured in this season’s classes.

Ross Garden 2019 Monthly Classes

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

Classes will be held in Howlett Hall, Room 116, with harvesting sessions immediately after class.
Harvest sessions will begin in June immediately following each class.
*Classes subject to change. You may attend class as your schedule permits, but you must attend the class prior to harvesting from the garden.

May 2019

May 2019 Classes

May 2019 Classes

May 1: Healthy and Inspiralizing Pasta

Everyone loves pasta, but it can be difficult to find a pasta meal that is low in carbohydrate. This class will use spiralized vegetables to create healthy, nutrient dense versions of your favorite pasta dishes!

May 8: Soup for you!

Canned soups are simple and fast, yet they are often loaded with salt. In this class, learn how to make delicious and easy soups that won’t break your sodium budget.

May 15: Veggies for Breakfast!

Have you ever eaten radishes for breakfast? Join us for this insightful class to learn techniques to incorporate more vegetables into your morning.

May 22: Going My Way?

Watch fun and lively cooking demonstrations from the James Mobile Education Kitchen! 

May 29: Skinny Southern Cooking

From okra to fried chicken, try some healthy twists on traditional southern recipes. 

June 2019

June 2019 Classes

June 2019 Classes

June 5: Lean Greens

Low in calories and high in fiber, spring greens are a great addition to healthy meals. Join us for this class featuring simple recipes that are loaded with vitamins and minerals. 

June 12: Let Me Check Your Pulse

Pulses, including dry beans, chickpeas, lentils, and dry peas, play a special role in helping to reduce your risk for heart disease. Join us for this class to learn how to use pulses to your heart’s advantage.

June 19: Dark Side of the Shroom

Mushrooms are a great addition to a plant-based, healthy diet. Join us for this class to discover different ways to prepare our favorite fungi.

June 26: Brue on Brew

This annual class features Dave Brue cooking with his favorite beverage.

July 2019

July 2019 Classes

July 2019 Classes

July 4, There will be no class or harvesting this week

There will be no class or harvesting this week.

July 10: Terrines Made Simple

This very hands-on class will teach you the culinary secrets of making this French delicacy. 

July 17: Sleep Special

Join us this week for a garden-side chat with pulmonologist and sleep expert Dr. Rami Khayat.

July 24: All About Tomatoes

What did the father tomato say to the baby tomato who was walking slowly ??

July 31: Meal Prep

In our fast-paced society, daily cooking can be difficult to fit into a schedule. Join us for this class with Chris Asbury to learn how to prepare healthy meals weekly that you can eat on the go.

August 2019

August 2019 Classes

August 2019 Classes

August 7: Mindfulness and Meditation

Cooking can be a great way to slow down and gather your thoughts. Join us for a class taught by registered dietitian Mary Mosquera to learn how to use the kitchen as your happy place

August 14: Zucchini 4 Ways

Zucchini is loaded with vitamins and minerals to promote heart health. Come learn a few methods to prepare zucchini to get all you can out of it.

August 21: Ground Cherries For You

Learn how to make a crumble and jam with this misunderstood vegetable.

August 28: Melon Made New

Join us this week to discover new and interesting ways to enhance all your favorite cucurbitaceous foods. 

September 4: How time flies!

Help us celebrate our fifth year in style! We will dine alfresco in the garden with seasonal produce prepared by the chefs from the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.

Class Details

Class Details

  • Classes will be held weekly from May through the middle of September

  • All classes will start at 6pm and will be held in Howlett Hall, 680 Vernon Tharp Street on the west side of campus

  • Parking Information: All parking at the Ohio State University Campus is administered by CampusParc.  There are two surface lots with Pay-by-Plate located conveniently next to Howlett Hall. Please access CampusParc’s rate and fee schedules here so you can make adequate plans for parking while you attend classes!

  • Make sure to check in with one of our staff members at each class

  • What to Bring to each class:
    • Ross Garden harvest bag, provided to all new attendees during your first class.
    • Garden tools: gloves, scissors, clippers. (We have a limited number available to borrow)
    • Sun protection, hat, sunscreen
    • Drinking water

  • Participants will be asked to sign a participation waiver and optional media release form.

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