Archive for April, 2015

The Botany That Inspired the Artist: Discovering Frida Kahlo’s Garden

Posted in Behind the Scenes, Exhibitions on April 30th, 2015 by Karen Daubmann – Be the first to comment

Karen Daubmann is NYBG’s AVP for Exhibitions. She has researched, planned, and installed over 50 exhibitions in her seven years at the Garden.


Frida Kahlo's studio Coyoacan Mexico City Casa Azul

At The New York Botanical Garden, exhibitions are planned over many years with the intent of bringing to life distant lands, influential people, interesting plants, rarely seen gardens, and fantastic landscapes. We immerse ourselves in the study of our subjects with the goal of evoking the gardens and the spirits of their creators within the walls of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. In 2010, we transformed the galleries into Emily Dickinson’s Garden, complete with a path “just wide enough for two who love.” In 2012, when we celebrated Claude Monet, we knew the garden we created was one that he was surely enjoying when the glasshouse emptied each evening.

When we began to research Frida Kahlo, we wanted to delve into the story of the woman who has been examined through her pain and suffering and paint her in a different light. We wanted to learn more about the iconic face that is emblazoned on canvases, the strong and fierce-looking dark-haired, dark-eyed woman who used to be known as Diego Rivera’s wife and is now known simply as Frida. The more we researched, the more intrigued we became.

To us, Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird was an image of a woman immersed in tropical flora. Her still-life paintings, an important yet lesser-known portion of her work, are informative displays of the rich diversity of Mexico’s plant life. We were fascinated by the incredible detail of Kahlo’s curated life, as evidenced by her paintings, her letters, and archival photos of Kahlo and Rivera in their garden. Her story was ripe to be told by The New York Botanical Garden. read more »

Morning Eye Candy: Spring in the Valley

Posted in Photography on April 30th, 2015 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment

Daffodil Valley cherry blossoms NYBG

In Daffodil Valley – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

Wildlife Photographer’s Notebook: Apps for the Wildlife Photographer

Posted in People, Photography on April 29th, 2015 by Patricia Gonzalez – 2 Comments

Patricia Gonzalez is an NYBG Visitor Services Attendant and avid wildlife photographer.


Android apps homescreen desktopIn the 21st century, a smartphone is no longer just a convenient thing to have on hand if you need to make a call away from home. It is an invaluable tool for the wildlife photographer. I never leave home without it!

Read on for three downloadable apps that I use during my treks at The New York Botanical Garden to address three of the primary concerns of every wildlife and nature photographer.

Sunrise
We shutterbugs are chasers of light. Knowing the exact time the sun comes up and goes down is crucial if I want to get some early morning sky shots before I go in search of wildlife or some late afternoon images when the forest is a beautiful golden brown color. For this I use the full version of Sundroid.

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Nurturing the Next Generation of Young Gardeners

Posted in Children's Education, Learning Experiences on April 29th, 2015 by Plant Talk – Be the first to comment
Children's Gardening Program NYBG

Adena uses a watering can to water flowers in the Garden.

A flock of migrating birds fly from one end of the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden to the other, flapping their wings and erupting with birdcalls as they go. They’re migrating from New York to Mexico and back again.

There’s one in pink shorts, and another in a NYBG t-shirt. One in a sunhat swoops past a bed of lettuce. These “birds” are actually children participating in a nature activity in the Children’s Gardening Program.

One of them, young gardener Adena Zitrin, and her mother, Debra Asher-Zitrin, have participated in the Sprouts program, for kids ages 3 to 5, for the past two years.

“It’s unlike any class we’ve ever taken—and we’ve taken music, art, and gym classes,” Debra said. “There’s something very bonding that goes on between the parent and the child in CGP. It’s very sweet, the working together that goes on.”

Debra’s two older children also participated in Sprouts and are now Crafters, the program for kids ages 6 to 12. read more »

Morning Eye Candy: Perennially Yours

Posted in Photography on April 29th, 2015 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment

Perennial garden What's Wonderful in Spring at NYBG

In the Perennial Garden – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

Joe McNally’s Life in the Field

Posted in Adult Education, Photography, Programs and Events on April 28th, 2015 by Plant Talk – Be the first to comment

Joe McNally Anne CahillHis career spans more than 30 years, and his portfolio includes photographs published in some of the world’s largest publications. He shot the first all-digital cover story for National Geographic, “The Future of Flying,” commemorating the centennial of the Wright Brothers’ flight at Kitty Hawk. As the dust was settling after 9/11, he used what was the world’s only life-sized instant Polaroid camera to create a project called Faces of Ground Zero, which became a book and generated approximately $2 million for the relief effort.

And now, he’s coming to the Garden to deliver a special lecture, “The Nature of Photography: Life in the Field,” on Wednesday, April 29. read more »

Morning Eye Candy: Plum Goodness

Posted in Photography on April 28th, 2015 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment

myrobalam plum, cherry plum, Prunus cersifera var. divaricata

Prunus cerasifera var. divaricata in the Ross Conifer Arboretum – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

Join Us for Local Wines and A Special Book Signing This Weekend

Posted in Programs and Events on April 27th, 2015 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment

Native Plant garden Wine Weekend Couple Victor Chu

This Saturday & Sunday is the first of this year’s Spring Weekends at NYBG. Come kick off a new season of fun with the Native Plant Garden Wine Weekend on May 2 & 3—two days of tastings, tours, and live music in the most beautiful spring atmosphere New York has to offer! Purchase a souvenir wine glass to begin your journey through a flight of palate-pleasing wines from local producers in New York State and beyond. Read on for details! read more »

Morning Eye Candy: Bold Tulips

Posted in Photography on April 27th, 2015 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment

Between the billowing canopy of cherry blossoms above and the rolling waves of daffodils below, there hasn’t been much attention paid yet this spring to the classic tulip—such as this Darwin hybrid tulip.

Tulipa-'World's-Favorite' Darwin hybrid tulip

Tulipa ‘World’s Favorite’ in the Perennial Garden – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

This Weekend: Treasures for the Home & Garden

Posted in Programs and Events on April 24th, 2015 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment

Antique Garden Furniture FairThe Antique Garden Furniture Fair opened last night with the annual Benefit Preview Party & Collectors’ Plant Sale, an elegant evening for admiring beautiful pieces for the home and garden while enjoying fine cocktails. Connoisseurs of the arts, or simple garden enthusiasts, can enjoy a similar soiree this Saturday at our all new Young Collectors’ Night. Tickets are available now, and entitle guests to a complimentary glass of champagne!

The Fair is open to All-Garden Pass ticket-holders throughout the weekend, so come admire the antiques on display after enjoying a brisk spring walk through the pink and white petals cascading from our flowering trees. The flowering cherries have joined the magnolias on grounds to brilliant effect, and this weekend is the best time to take in this dramatic phase of the spring season.

Click through for more information about the Antique Garden Furniture Fair, plus the full schedule of weekend tours and programs.
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