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What’s Beautiful Now: Sun & Verse

Posted in Programs and Events on June 24th, 2016 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

Rockefeller Rose GardenIt’s the first week of summer, and NYBG‘s 250 acres have filled in to create a verdant backdrop of petals and greenery, a living painting that invites you to explore its trails and collections. With the sun high and warm, the dappled shade of the Forest is that much more poetic. But if you love true verse, we’ve got something a bit more literal for you to take advantage of this weekend.

While Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas continues throughout the Garden, Sophie Cabot Black will be joining us on Sunday for a special reading that should be the icing on the cake for our summer of paintings and poems. You can join her in the Perennial Garden at 2 p.m. that day to sit and enjoy. For more events and activities, visit our full calendar.

From the Rose Garden to the daylilies, the warmer months are really coming into their own. But if you’ve been outside in New York lately, you probably don’t need much convincing to realize how beautiful this season can be. Come enjoy it in the best possible place!

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Morning Eye Candy: Catalpa

Posted in Photography on June 24th, 2016 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

Catalpa x erubescens 'Purpurea'

Catalpa × erubescens ‘Purpurea’ in the Ross Conifer Arboretum – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

Morning Eye Candy: Pretty if Prickly

Posted in Photography on June 23rd, 2016 by Matt Newman – 1 Comment

Opuntia humifusa

Eastern prickly-pear (Opuntia humifusa) in the Native Plant Garden – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

On Peonies & Patience

Posted in Horticulture on June 22nd, 2016 by Brian Sullivan – 1 Comment

Brian Sullivan is the Vice President for Landscape, Gardens and Outdoor Collections. He oversees the care, presentation, and development of the outdoor gardens and landscape management of the Garden’s 250 outdoor acres.


Matelich Anniversary Peony CollectionIf you visit the Garden this summer and walk down Perennial Garden Way to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, you will find a tidy planting bed that runs parallel to the roadway, edged with a short iron wicket fence and filled with robust perennials. If you were lucky enough to find yourself walking here three to four weeks ago, around Memorial Day, you would have been immersed in the flowers of the newly renovated Matelich Anniversary Peony Collection.

Now in its second growing season, this collection of herbaceous peonies, Paeonia lactiflora, showcases the fragrant pink, white, red, and coral blossoms of one of the most popular garden plants and cut flowers.

The tradition of growing herbaceous peonies near the Conservatory dates back to the early 1900s, when peonies were grown in double borders along pathways surrounding the elegant glasshouse.
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Morning Eye Candy: On the Market

Posted in Photography on June 22nd, 2016 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

The Greenmarket is back today for the start of the 2016 season with strawberries, kale, zucchini, garlic, shell peas, cider, fresh-baked pies, and much more! Look for it each Wednesday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., from now through November—right near our Mosholu Gate. You can’t miss the vendor tents, and you certainly can’t miss their colorful selections.

Don’t forget your reusable bags if you’ve got ’em!

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Morning Eye Candy: Latticed

Posted in Photography on June 21st, 2016 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

Rose Garden

In the Rockefeller Rose Garden’s Pergola – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

Morning Eye Candy: First Day

Posted in Photography on June 20th, 2016 by Matt Newman – 1 Comment

It’s the first day of Summer 2016. Where are you breaking in your shorts, sandals, and shades?

First Day of Summer NYBG

Native Plant Garden – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

What’s Beautiful Now: Art, Music, & Summer’s Start

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on June 17th, 2016 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment
allium perennial garden

Alliums in the Perennial Garden

Early summer at NYBG brings blooms aplenty for Father’s Day this weekend, and well into next week. Come admire the grounds, and plan your visit around tomorrow night’s inaugural NYBG/125 Evening, Canciones de mi Padre, featuring Ernesto Villalobos & Gizel Xanath. These talented musicians are joined by Mazarte Dance Company for a summer evening al fresco concert in celebration of Father’s Day.

On Sunday, the Garden comes alive with a display of artistic talent as NYBG hosts more than 20 talented painters for the Plein-Air Invitational. Get more information about the artists here, or view this exclusive video. NYBG/125 Evenings continue next Thursday with tap and jazz by The Manzari Brothers and DIVA’s FIVE PLAY—featuring an evening viewing of Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

View photos below that highlight what’s beautiful now at NYBG— from the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden to the Perennial Garden and beyond!

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Plein-Air’s Greatest Paint the Garden

Posted in Video on June 16th, 2016 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

Plein-Air InvitationalThis Sunday, June 19, we’re opening our gates to a cadre of some of the finest out-of-doors painters the region has to offer during our Plein-Air Invitational—over 20 plein-air artists who will set up their canvases across grounds and look to our 250 acres for inspiration.

Among them is James Gurney, one of our area’s leading artists and a nationally recognized painter whose work you might’ve caught during the opening weekend of our Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas exhibition. If you weren’t so lucky to see him in May, now is your chance to see the master in action. You can find a full list of participating artists here, and we invite everyone to visit their personal websites after the Invitational—they’ll be selling the works they create!
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Morning Eye Candy: Summer White

Posted in Photography on June 16th, 2016 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen