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This Weekend: Holiday Harmonies & More

Posted in Programs and Events on December 19th, 2014 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment

Rockefeller Center angels Holiday Train Show NYBGThis weekend marks the beginning of peak season for the Holiday Train Show® as families from around the area come to celebrate this beloved tradition in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Don’t wait another moment to get your tickets! Time slots remain available to come enjoy this beloved tradition this weekend, but the next couple of weeks are sure to sell out.

In fact, Bar Car Nights have already sold out for tonight and tomorrow, so don’t wait to reserve tickets for these special evenings in January—they’re sure to disappear.

Be sure to catch the final performance of our all-new Winter Harmonies Concert Series on Sunday afternoon, as well. An artful selection of classical favorites, inspired by the Holiday Train Show® and performed by Le Train Bleu, will complement your visit. Head below for more information about this unique musical experience, as well as the rest of this weekend’s programs and tours.

 

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Morning Eye Candy: Autumn Rose

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

Our floral design students have no trouble leaping on bold aesthetics ’round this time of year.

Continuing Education

Floral Design in Adult Education – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

 

Morning Eye Candy: Cold Light

Posted in Photography on December 18th, 2014 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

We’re almost to that point where we can officially start admiring the long shadows and defined light of winter. The first day of the season is this Sunday, December 21.

Library Building

The Library Building – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

Morning Eye Candy: Winter Sky

Posted in Photography on December 17th, 2014 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment

The days may be getting shorter, but they are just as beautiful as ever.

Rock Garden

By the Rock Garden – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

Winter Comes to Seasonal Walk

Posted in Horticulture on December 16th, 2014 by Sonia Uyterhoeven – 1 Comment

Sonia Uyterhoeven is NYBG‘s Gardener for Public Education.


Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea 'Transparent'

Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea ‘Transparent’

While most of the Garden is being put to bed, our Seasonal Walk—designed by Piet Oudolf—is still putting on a notable display as the winter approaches. This is thanks to Oudolf’s naturalistic design which incorporates many plants that senesce well and provide interest even after they’ve passed their seasonal prime.

A week or two ago I was working on the Seasonal Walk, tidying up the border with my colleague, Katie Bronson, and we were admiring some of the sturdier perennials that still looked good even into December. One of the most striking features of the Walk at the onset of the hibernal months is the tall purple moor grass (Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea ‘Transparent’). This grass played an important role earlier in the season as it shot up to nearly six feet, towering over many of its neighboring perennial brethren. ‘Transparent’ has airy flowers with an open habit and long-lasting seedheads.

The stems of ‘Transparent’ turn into a vision of glowing embers late in the season, when they take on golden, orange, and raspberry hues. Those of you with a watchful eye may have noticed as you strolled down the border that some of the stems on certain grasses were upright, sturdy, and colorful, while other, similar grasses looked somewhat worse for wear and had only golden yellow stems. Katie told me that along with ‘Transparent’, some tall more grass (Molinia arundinacea ‘Skyracer’) had been planted. Presumably these plants will be removed in the spring and replaced with more ‘Transparent’. It was difficult to distinguish the two during the growing season, but their disparities became apparent in the fall.
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Morning Eye Candy: Macro Magic

Posted in Photography on December 15th, 2014 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment

Aeonium leucoblepharum var. leucoblepharum
Aeonium leucoblepharum var. leucoblepharum in the Nolen Greenhouses – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

Morning Eye Candy: Gumdrop

Posted in Photography on December 14th, 2014 by Lansing Moore – 1 Comment

This Echeveria is looking simply, well… succulent.Echeveria 'Golden Glow'
Echeveria ‘Golden Glow’ in the Nolen Greenhouses – Photo by Ivo M Vermeulen

Morning Eye Candy: Who Is Buried in Grant’s Tomb?

Posted in Photography on December 13th, 2014 by Lansing Moore – 1 Comment

Nobody—at least not in this one! The Holiday Train Show® is full of these lovingly constructed plant-based models.

Holiday Train Show Grant's Tomb
In the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

This Weekend: Arts & Letters

Posted in Programs and Events on December 12th, 2014 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment

Fountain of LifeTomorrow afternoon, join us in welcoming former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins to NYBG for a special reading of his most beloved works. Visitors to the Garden have enjoyed his poems that line the Holiday Poetry Walk, inspired by trains, winter, and New York. Tickets are still available, so plan your weekend at NYBG and come enjoy the Holiday Train Show alongside beautiful poetry.

The Holiday Train Show continues this weekend with holiday guides, live a cappella, and screenings of your favorite holiday- and train-related films. Other programs this weekend include a special in-depth tour of the latest exhibition in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, Flora Illustrata: A Celebration of Botanical Masterworks. These treasures from the Library’s Rare Book and other Collections span centuries, so come explore botanical history with an expert guide. Or you can be an expert for a day and join professionals and aficionados alike for this Saturday’s Annual Winter Bird Count to learn about bird conservation and population health while observing the Garden’s birds. Keep reading to get the full details on this weekend’s programs at NYBG!

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Morning Eye Candy: Best Buds

Posted in Photography on December 12th, 2014 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment

Autumn-flowering cherry blossoms stand up the winter’s chill.

Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis'
Prunus × subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’ in the Ross Conifer Arboretum – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen