Michelle Obama’s ‘Top 10 Fun Facts About Gardening’

Jun 5, 2012 7:17pm

First lady Michelle Obama is taking her campaign to get children to live healthier lives to late-night television, counting down the “Top 10 Fun Facts About Gardening” on the “Late Show” with David Letterman.”

The first lady’s comedic prowess was on full display Tuesday night as she poked fun at gardening and eating your vegetables, delivering the “Top Ten list” from the map room of the White House.

Drum roll please…

Number 10: “Gardening was invented in 1822 by Albert Gardener.”

Number 9: “Plant avocado, tomato, onions and cilantro together — grow a guacamole tree.”

Number 8: “Eggplants were originally cultivated for use as doorstops.”

Number 7: “In his lifetime, the average American will eat half a radish.”

Number 6: “The largest zucchini ever grown contained a Starbucks.”

Number 5: “Later this year, the Supreme Court will finally rule on ‘tomato’ vs. ‘tomahto.’”

Number 4: “If you have an actual green thumb it might be scurvy.”

Number 3: “Lettuce in 96 percent water and 4 percent lettuce.”

Number 2: “the White House tool shed contains shovels, trowels and weed whacker one.”

And the number 1 fun fact about gardening: “with enough care and effort, you can grow your own Barack-oli,” Mrs. Obama concluded as she held up a bright green head of broccoli with her husband’s face etched on the front.

The appearance comes as the first lady promotes her new book, “American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America.”

Michelle Obama has been making the rounds of talk shows in recent weeks to discuss her book, the White House kitchen garden  and the fight against childhood obesity. She’s made appearances on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “The View” and Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.”


This was the first lady’s second appearance on the “Late Show.” She last appeared on the program in March.


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