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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.


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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

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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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Jazz Age Evenings: Swing Under The Summer Sky

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

Phonograph DJ Jazz Age Evenings NYBGNext 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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Morning Eye Candy: Floating Along

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

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

Sanguisorba tenuifolia along the Seasonal Walk – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen