Frikart’s Aster wears the morning dew well in the Home Gardening Center.
Aster × frikartii ‘Monch’ in the Home Gardening Center – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen
Claire Sabel is a Delmas Junior Fellow at the Humanities Institute of The New York Botanical Garden.
The Humanities Institute at The New York Botanical Garden was launched in the spring of 2014 to support interdisciplinary research between the arts and sciences. The Institute brings scholars to the Mertz Library to research relationships between humanity and nature, landscapes, and the built environment. This summer, several Fellows joined the Institute to pursue research projects that focus on the Library’s collections, which are some of the best in the world for the history and practice of horticulture, botany, and landscape design. In this series, they explore how visiting living plant collections in the Nolen Greenhouse has informed their work.
As Humanities Fellows, we work primarily with inert objects: a printed page, handwritten letters, sketches from field notebooks, an occasional herbarium sheet. Between our various research projects, which you can read more about here, we cover centuries and continents, and almost everything we need to do so is contained within the rich collections of the LuEsther T. Mertz Library (with the occasional help of the Internet).
Part of what makes the Humanities Institute so special, however, is its position within a much larger and varied research institution and living museum. Although humanists typically make use of archives and museum repositories, the Botanical Garden has a unique set of special collections housed in the Nolen Greenhouses.
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With the arrival of cool weather comes no dearth of floral color—this shade-loving toad-lily makes that abundantly clear.
Taiwan toad-lily (Tricyrtis formosana ‘Dark Beauty’) along Seasonal Walk – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen
Don’t let the weather get you down—it’s the perfect time to see the Garden, and FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life, in its final days. There are plenty of ways to stay dry while appreciating the rich art and glorious outdoors at the Garden! With beautiful dance performances, enlightening film screenings, and fascinating demonstrations, there really isn’t a reason to not come. Don’t let the weather ruin your well-deserved weekend!
In the coming weeks, look out for some family-friendly, spooktastic activities. Bring the whole family and find monarch butterflies, see artfully sculpted giant pumpkins, go batty with live bats, and more! The Garden will be bustling with fun fall activities this October, so plan ahead, and get your tickets now!
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Perhaps best known for her brilliant street photography, photographer Valérie Jardin has a remarkable talent for capturing light and using it to tell a story.
Worldwide, her speaking engagements sell out quickly, but there are still seats available in her October 26 lecture here at the Garden, where we offer a number of photography classes. We sat down with Ms. Jardin to learn more about her techniques, her passions, and her plans for her upcoming presentation.
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It’s that time of year again—almost a holiday, really—where we pull out the cherry picker and take the whitewash off the Conservatory. If you didn’t know it was fall before, this is your cue!
The whitewash goes on in late spring, when high temperatures and bright sunlight need to be mitigated to keep our plants happy. Come the cooler months, we strip it off to give the Conservatory plants as much sunlight as possible. It’s a refreshing annual swap that signals lots of changes to come as the seasons play out.
The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen
Alstroemeria ‘Casablanca’ along the Ladies’ Border – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen
Fall brings fresh air, vibrant color, and seasonal activities for the whole family at NYBG this year as part of the final month of FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life. Come celebrate the season and experience this blockbuster exhibition before it closes on November 1 with Frida al Fresco Evenings, Día de los Muertos Weekends, and Halloween activities for the whole family—including the annual Giant Pumpkin Display!
Only five Frida al Fresco evenings remain during the last month of FRIDA KAHLO. Be transported to the world of Frida Kahlo’s Mexico City during a crisp fall evening at NYBG for an unforgettable escape. On select Thursday and Friday evenings in October, the Garden remains open until 11 p.m. with live music, cocktails, and more to enhance your experience of the Casa Azul in the Conservatory and Kahlo’s rare works in the Art Gallery.
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