Hot on the heals of Michelle Obama, California’s first lady, Maria Shriver, wants to put an edible garden on the grounds of the state capital. Is this the first sign of the White House garden starting a domino effect? What high profile vegetable garden will we hear of next?

Shriver will have Alice Waters, a very vocal proponent of the White House garden, help create the garden that will grace the grounds of capital in Sacramento that will break ground in May. If Waters is involved, can there be any doubt that the garden will be organic?

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Shriver, the wife of California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, would want a garden at the capital, even if Michelle Obama hadn’t taken the lead. One of the governor’s main issues is the environment. He doesn’t just talk about making environmental changes, he works to get the changes in place.

Shriver’s plan for a garden at the capital is one more way that California’s first family is helping to bring environmental issues to the forefront of discussion. SFGate reports that the 800 square foot garden will replace an existing flower bed and will be a “demonstration garden.”

The goal of the garden will be to teach hordes of Capitol visitors, including schoolchildren, about agriculture in the state. Officials are working out what they will do with the food harvested from the garden. 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

California's first lady gets her own veg garden
Maria Shriver is planning a garden at California's capital with the help of Alice Waters. Has Michelle Obama's vegetable garden started a domino effect?