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Morning Eye Candy: Big as an Elephant’s Ear

Posted in Photography on July 25th, 2014 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

They don’t call them elephant ears without reason. Big and bright enough to make the flowers insecure, the Colocasia in the Home Gardening Center are of the genus responsible for the edible taro root. Not that you should head right out with a spade and start digging them up in your own yard—they can be poisonous if not prepared correctly!

Colocasia

Colocasia in the Home Gardening Center – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

Morning Eye Candy: Constellation

Posted in Photography on July 24th, 2014 by Lansing Moore – 1 Comment

Aster twilight

Aster ‘Twilight’ in the Seasonal Walk — Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

Piet’s Pollinator Powerhouse

Posted in Gardening Tips on July 23rd, 2014 by Sonia Uyterhoeven – Be the first to comment

Sonia Uyterhoeven is NYBG’s Gardener for Public Education.


trifolium rubens Franz Xaver

Red feather clover (Trifolium rubens)
Photo by Franz Xaver

Over the years, I’ve often given tours of the High Line to NYBG Members as part of our Membership tour programs. In fact, I’ve already given several this year and have more planned for August and October. And as I lead the groups through this unique space, we discuss architecture, ecology, design, and garden-worthy plants. Perennials in particular are always a hot topic.

I often warn the participants against some of the more rambunctious perennials, as they tend to have a thuggish habit. Instead, I recommend many of the other outstanding selections that you can find in the planting scheme created by Piet Oudolf, the High Line’s designer. The perennials planted there are chosen for their durability. Growing in 18 inches of porous soil atop abandoned railroad tracks that stand 30 feet above the ground, these plants are regularly exposed to intense urban heat, sunlight, and heavy winds—they have to be tough.

Piet Oudolf’s naturalistic planting style fits in superbly with the unstructured urban environment. He designed the High Line with plant communities in mind, using primarily native, resilient, and ‘low-maintenance’ plants that provide great diversity, seasonal change, and height and color variation.
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Morning Eye Candy: Intensely Edible

Posted in Photography on July 23rd, 2014 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

The Greenmarket‘s on today! If you join us near the Mosholu Gate, right at the end of Tulip Tree Allée, you’ll see tents and tables stacked with fresh baked goods, dairy, vegetables, and a colorful palette of summer fruits. The Greenmarket runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Wednesday through November, offering fresh local produce from around our region.

Greenmarket

At the Greenmarket – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

Morning Eye Candy: All in Red

Posted in Photography on July 22nd, 2014 by Matt Newman – 1 Comment

Silene virginica

Fire pink (Silene virginica) in the Native Plant Garden – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

Sunday Dinner at the Garden

Posted in Mario Batali's Edible Garden on July 21st, 2014 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment

Priceless NY Cooking Demo Whole Foods Family Kitchen GardenOn the heels of last month’s hugely successful Whole Foods 5% Day, we are very excited for the start of the next special event series to support the Garden’s Edible Academy initiative. This Sunday, MasterCard® Priceless® New York presents the first of four Family Dinners with Mario Batali’s Chefs!

Celebrated chef and NYBG Board Member Mario Batali is Honorary Chair of the Edible Academy Committee, and for four nights only the Garden will host chefs from the Batali & Bastanich Hospitality Group‘s acclaimed restaurants to prepare a three-course, family-style menu to be served al fresco in the most secluded green oasis in New York City. Your family can join in the fun too, so read on for more details about the special menu and fun activities in store!
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Morning Eye Candy: Lady Barbara

Posted in Photography on July 21st, 2014 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

On a hint passed along by our Curator of Woody Plants, Deanna Curtis, Ivo headed out to the Azalea Garden for some hunting. His quarry was a flower, of course, and he was shooting with a camera—no worries there. He came back with photos of another winning deciduous azalea lighting up this collection during summer.

Rhododendron 'Lady Barbara'

Rhododendron ‘Lady Barbara’ by the Azalea Garden overlook – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

Morning Eye Candy: A Friend to Bees

Posted in Photography on July 20th, 2014 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

Thalictrum 'Elin'

Meadow-rue (Thalictrum ‘Elin’) along the Seasonal Walk – Photo by Amy Weiss

Morning Eye Candy: Fashion Forward

Posted in Photography on July 19th, 2014 by Matt Newman – 1 Comment

This daylily is a role model in that we can all aspire to dress this well. Look for it hanging out around the Daylily Walk on your way toward the Haupt Conservatory.

Hemerocallis 'Role Model'

Hemerocallis ‘Role Model’ along the Daylily Walk– Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

This Weekend: Get Outside!

Posted in Programs and Events on July 18th, 2014 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment

0714-red-flower-250x280While the rest of the country is coping with extreme weather, New York is being rewarded for its patience during this week’s thunderstorms with some beautiful, clear, and refreshing weather. That makes it the perfect time to take in the scenery of the Native Plant Garden during one of this weekend’s tours!

Bring the little ones on Sunday for the debut of next month’s theme for Dig! Plant! Grow! The Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden will play host to a month of pickling activities to let you embark on a tasty new project at home with the family.

If summer nights are more your thing, there is still time to get tickets to our second to last Jazz Age Evening on Thursday, July 24. See photos from last month’s event and get details on the cocktail menu and music program in store for next week on our evenings page. In the mean time, read on for the full schedule of weekend programs!
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