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Book Review: Gardener’s Yoga by Veronica D’Orazio

Posted in Around the Garden, Shop/Book Reviews on May 5th, 2016 by Esther Jackson – Be the first to comment

Esther Jackson is the Public Services Librarian at NYBG’s LuEsther T. Mertz Library where she manages Reference and Circulation services and oversees the Plant Information Office. She spends much of her time assisting researchers, providing instruction related to library resources, and collaborating with NYBG staff on various projects related to Garden initiatives and events.


Gardener’s Yoga by Veronica D’Orazio Frida CelementsGardener’s Yoga: 40 Yoga Poses to Help Your Garden Flow immediately caught my eye when I saw it featured as a new book at the University of Washington Botanic Gardens Elisabeth C. Miller Library. Written by Veronica D’Orazio and illustrated by Frida Clements, this 2015 edition includes new artwork and more poses than the 2005 publication by the same name from D’Orazio.

Gardening is often praised for the health benefits it provides. Those who garden or have gardened regularly can attest to the physical challenges and demands of the hobby or profession, and the full-body workout that gardening can often provide. Gardener’s Yoga positions itself as a resource that will allow readers to ease the aches and pains associated with gardening, and strengthen muscle groups often used in common garden chores. Additionally, the yoga poses that have been selected are intended to be easy on the hands and knees, as these areas of the body often withstand repetitious movement when gardening.

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Morning Eye Candy: Splash of Pink

Posted in Photography on May 5th, 2016 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

The other side of the dogwood spectrum shouts its color loud under cloudy skies.

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Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida forma rubra) in Daffodil Valley – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

Weekly Wildlife at the Garden: Wary Wood Ducks

Posted in Wildlife on May 4th, 2016 by Patricia Gonzalez – 1 Comment

Patricia Gonzalez is an NYBG Visitor Services Attendant and avid wildlife photographer.


Wood ducks are among the most challenging wildlife to photograph at the Garden. Getting a close-up is quite difficult as they will fly off in an instant if I get too close. But the effort is worth it. I love shooting the drakes, who—as my new friend in the photo demonstrates—are very colorful.

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Wood ducks (Aix sponsa) – Photo by Patricia Gonzalez

Morning Eye Candy: Scent

Posted in Photography on May 4th, 2016 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

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French lilac (Syringa vulgaris ‘Alphonse Lavallee’) in the Lilac Collection – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

Morning Eye Candy: In the Shade

Posted in Photography on May 3rd, 2016 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

There’s some fantasy to be found in the shade of the dogwoods. They’re what’s popping among the Garden’s flowering trees this week—and they’re hard to miss.

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Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) in the Ross Conifer Arboretum – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

NYBG at 125: New Chapters, New Memories

Posted in History on April 29th, 2016 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment

Library BuildingEach day this week we’re celebrating the past 125 years of The New York Botanical Garden with a different story from one of our many visitors, young and old—whether it’s an unforgettable day recently spent exploring our 250 acres or a treasured family memory that makes the Garden special. In honor of Arbor Day, today’s featured memory comes from a longtime member—and Adult Education student—who made a fond and lasting memory beneath one of our own trees.

Follow along as we share just a few of these many stories, then take a moment to head over to NYBG/125 and share your own memory for a chance to win an NYBG Lifetime Membership!
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What’s Beautiful Now: Blossoms Above & Below

Posted in Around the Garden, Gardens and Collections, Photography, What's Beautiful Now on April 29th, 2016 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment

Happy Arbor Day! There is no better time to show love for trees than during flowering tree season. Right now the crabapples have picked up where the cherry blossoms left off with their own colorful display—and that’s only the beginning of what’s beautiful now at NYBG!

The 25th Anniversary Antique Garden Furniture Fair opened last night with its festive Preview Party, and this weekend’s visitors can admire fine antiques and treasures for the garden and the garden room from 30 leading exhibitors in the Conservatory Tent. On grounds, spring’s progress continues across NYBG’s historic landscape. The Azalea Garden is at 75% of peak color, and the newly-reopened Lilac Collection is debuting its fragrant blossoms for the enjoyment of visitors. View highlights from across the Garden in the gallery below, and plan your visit today!

Morning Eye Candy: Trunk & Stem

Posted in Photography on April 29th, 2016 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

The eastern redbud cares more about its presentation than to think that flowers on stems alone are enough.

Cercis canadensis

Eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis) in the Ross Conifer Arboretum – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

Morning Eye Candy: It’s Our Birthday!

Posted in Photography on April 28th, 2016 by Lansing Moore – 1 Comment

125 years ago today, on April 28, 1891, The New York Botanical Garden was established by an act of the New York State Legislature. Over a century later, we’re still growing! Come visit our recently reopened and expanded Lilac Collection for a whiff of spring.

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The New Lilac Collection – Photo by Marlon Co

NYBG at 125: After All the Years

Posted in History on April 28th, 2016 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

Library BuildingEach day this week we’re celebrating the past 125 years of The New York Botanical Garden with a different story from one of our many visitors, young and old—whether it’s an unforgettable day recently spent exploring our 250 acres or a treasured family memory that makes the Garden special. And today’s story happens to fall on our actual anniversary—April 28! On this day in 1891, 125 years ago, the Garden was officially created by New York.

Follow along as we share just a few of these many stories, then take a moment to head over to NYBG/125 and share your own memory for a chance to win an NYBG Lifetime Membership!
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