Archive for April, 2008

Ugly Weather, Beautiful Flowers

Posted in Programs and Events on April 29th, 2008 by Plant Talk – Be the first to comment

Rainy Spring Morning
After a beautiful week of sunshine and temperatures in the upper 70s, the weather in the Bronx has gotten pretty ugly. But that doesn’t mean the beautiful specimens at the Garden have, too.

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Tip of the Week — 4/29/08

Posted in Gardening Tips on April 29th, 2008 by Sonia Uyterhoeven – Be the first to comment

Lovely Lilacs
Sonia Uyterhoeven is Gardener for Public Education at The New York Botanical Garden.

Lilacs For those of you who love lilacs but are deprived of space, dwarf lilacs are something to think about. Some of them have nice fall color and they are small and compact, need minimal pruning, and tend to be more resistant to the powdery mildew that plagues many lilacs at the end of the season.

Two varieties that you will be able to find in any nursery these days are Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’ and Syringa pubescens subsp. patula ‘Miss Kim’. Don’t be intimidated by the long Latin names; if you mutter lilac ‘Miss Kim’ or ‘Palibin’ everyone will know what you are talking about.

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Darwin Exhibition Open to the Public

Posted in Darwin's Garden, Exhibitions, Programs and Events on April 25th, 2008 by Plant Talk – Be the first to comment

Beginning today at The New York Botanical Garden, the untold story of Charles Darwin’s lifelong fascination and work with plants will be presented in the exhibition titled Darwin’s Garden: An Evolutionary Adventure.

The exhibition will include living collections of plants and historical documents in three botanical venues: the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, LuEsther T. Mertz Library Gallery, and Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. There is also an “evolutionary tour” of living plants, demonstrating key points on the evolutionary Tree of Life. It will paint a picture of Darwin as a naturalist and plantsman, and show how Darwin’s botanical experiments and discoveries helped share his contributions to the understanding of life in general.

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