Fire pink (Silene virginica) in the Native Plant Garden – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen
On 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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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’ by the Azalea Garden overlook – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen
While 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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Next Thursday, July 24, is the second of only three special Jazz Age Evenings here at the Garden. This special event series whisks visitors back in time to the age of Groundbreakers for a magical summer evening. Sip vintage-style cocktails courtesy of our friends at Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer, and dance the night away to big band music from the one and only Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra after an initial dance lesson at the start of the party.
Each evening is unique, so read on for the details on the special cocktail recipe and music theme for July 24! You will also see more exclusive photos of last month’s Jazz Age Evening, and get a peek of what’s in store for you and that special someone.
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The flower clusters of Sanguisorba tenuifolia float like dainty ghosts at the tips of their spindly stems, calling out the beauty of the Seasonal Walk in summer all the more.
Sanguisorba tenuifolia along the Seasonal Walk – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen
Echinops along Seasonal Walk – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen
The uncommonly cultivated cobweb flower (Platycrater arguta) is one of many rare Asian woodland species grown in the Azalea Garden. A hydrangea relative, this species is native to southern Japan, as well as a small range in eastern China, where it is considered threatened.
This deciduous shrub reaches about 3-4’ feet high and wide and is sure to stump many a horticulturalist with its lovely, unique blooms. Four-petaled white flowers form a balloon shape before opening to display abundant, large yellow stamens. Floral bracts persist into fall, adding texture while the leaves fade to yellow.
If you can find this plant at a nursery, it might be a perfect addition for a partial shaded, well-drained spot in your garden. At the center of the Azalea Garden you’ll find this lovely, well-behaved species in bloom right near the overlook.