Archive for January, 2016

This Weekend: Enjoy Curative Plants & A Restorative Walk

Posted in Programs and Events on January 29th, 2016 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment

Mandevilla-Sun-Parasol-Giant-WhiteThe Garden grounds continue to shine under a bright blanket of snow. This weekend offers several tours that highlight the season’s most picturesque parts of NYBG as part of a brisk winter walk. Our ongoing exhibition, Wild Medicine in the Tropics, is on view in the warmth of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, so warm up inside the landmark glasshouse as you admire the curative bounty of tropical plants on display.

In the meantime, Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and it’s not too early to start planning a romantic day with that special someone. We’re pleased to offer a full afternoon of tours, talks, chocolate tastings, and even a pop-up bar in the Haupt Conservatory. Complete your intimate celebration with a full-service dining experience at the Hudson Garden Grill, where a special prix fixe lunch menu is available through February 25.

View the full schedule of tours and programs below!
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Color Our Collections in the Mertz Library!

Posted in From the Library on January 29th, 2016 by Esther Jackson – Be the first to comment

Esther Jackson is the Public Services Librarian at NYBG’s LuEsther T. Mertz Library where she manages Reference and Circulation services and oversees the Plant Information Office. She spends much of her time assisting researchers, providing instruction related to library resources, and collaborating with NYBG staff on various projects related to Garden initiatives and events.


#ColorOurCollectionsCome #ColorOurCollections in the Mertz Library during two events next week! On Wednesday, February 3, and Friday, February 5, from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m., the Mertz Library will be hosting coloring parties for all those looking to de-stress and chase away the winter blues.

In case you are wondering how coloring and the Library might go together, rest assured that we are not scribbling all over the Library’s books. (Although marginalia is another fascinating component of some of the great works we hold.) Instead, we will be offering participants coloring books featuring some of the many beautiful illustrations seen in our collections. Keen readers of Flora Illustrata: Great Works from the LuEsther T. Mertz Library of The New York Botanical Garden, (published in 2014 by Yale University Press), will spot some of the images featured in that work, as well as images from the library’s seed and nursery catalog collection, much of which was recently digitized and made available through the Biodiversity Heritage Library.
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Morning Eye Candy: Stamp of Approval

Posted in Photography on January 29th, 2016 by Matt Newman – 5 Comments

The New York Botanical Garden’s LuEsther T. Mertz Library is home to a trove of botanical treasures—and not just of the written variety. Our Library also contains one of the country’s most extensive collections of nursery and seed catalogs, windows into the rich history of botany and horticulture that are valued as much for their incredible artwork as for their academic uses.

Thanks to a partnership with the U.S. Postal Service, you can now bring a bit of that art home in the form of 10 colorful new postage stamps from the Botanical Art Forever collection. Each one boasts a piece of artwork from a catalog published as early as the Garden’s founding in 1891 and up into the early 20th century. They’ll be available nationwide, so keep an eye out!

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Morning Eye Candy: 125 Years of Garden Beauty

Posted in Photography on January 28th, 2016 by Matt Newman – 1 Comment

In the Ross Gallery of the Library Building, you’ll find the photography of Larry Lederman, whose efforts to document the Garden’s beauty in all seasons have led to quite the stunning collection. See it this year as we celebrate our 125th Anniversary!

Lederman

Celebrating NYBG: 125 Years in the Ross Gallery – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

 

From the Library: The Field Guide to Peppers

Posted in From the Library on January 26th, 2016 by Esther Jackson – 1 Comment

Esther Jackson is the Public Services Librarian at NYBG’s LuEsther T. Mertz Library where she manages Reference and Circulation services and oversees the Plant Information Office. She spends much of her time assisting researchers, providing instruction related to library resources, and collaborating with NYBG staff on various projects related to Garden initiatives and events.


The Field Guide to Peppers by Dave DeWitt & Janie Lamson, 307 pp. Timber Press.

The Field Guide to Peppers by Dave DeWitt & Janie Lamson,
307 pp. Timber Press.

The Field Guide to Peppers promises to help readers achieve two things: “to identify unfamiliar pepper varieties … and to assist in the selection of peppers” for inclusion in gardens. Authors Dave DeWitt and Janie Lamson bring extensive expertise and differing strengths to this publication. DeWitt, known to some as the “Pope of Peppers,” has authored over 30 books related to peppers and spicy foods. Lamson, the “Chile Goddess,” is the owner of Cross Country Nurseries in New Jersey and grows and sells all 400 pepper varieties covered in Field Guide.

Field Guide is undeniably attractive even at first glance, with bold and colorful cover art. A quick skim through the book heightens the appeal, bright red pages and accents complementing full-color photos of all 400 peppers. Most readers likely have a favorite pepper, and I found the images of jalapeños to be especially attractive.
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Morning Eye Candy: Twin Star

Posted in Photography on January 26th, 2016 by Matt Newman – 1 Comment

Renanthera 'Twin Star'

Renanthera ‘Twin Star’ in the Nolen Greenhouses – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

Morning Eye Candy: A Visit from Jonas

Posted in Photography on January 25th, 2016 by Matt Newman – 1 Comment

Saturday’s blizzard made for quite the scene at the Garden over the weekend, with feet of snow painting the landscape white. And while we were closed to give our grounds staff time to cut a path through it all, we’ll be open again this Tuesday for all to come and enjoy the winter scenery!

Jonas in the Garden

Tulip Tree Allée – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

Morning Eye Candy: Peggy Clarke in Winter

Posted in Photography on January 22nd, 2016 by Matt Newman – 1 Comment

Hints of what was once an unseasonably warm winter still remain here and there, as we head into what may be quite the snowy weekend.

Prunus mume 'Peggy Clarke'

Prunus mume ‘Peggy Clarke’ along the Ladies’ Border – Photo by Amy Weiss

Morning Eye Candy: To the Point

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

Agave attenuata

Agave attenuata in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

This Weekend: A Long Weekend for the Holiday Train Show’s Closing Days

Posted in Programs and Events on January 15th, 2016 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment

Holiday Train Show NYBGNYBG will be open for regular Garden Hours this Monday, January 18, for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the final day of this season’s Holiday Train Show®. Only three days remain to experience this all-new and bigger than ever exhibition, so plan a family outing to the Garden as you enjoy the long weekend! View the full schedule of programs and events for this Saturday, Sunday, and Monday below.

Don’t forget that there’s still time to grab tickets to our last Bar Car Nights of the year, tonight and tomorrow, January 15 and 16. And if you have little ones, remember that our All Aboard with Thomas & Friends mini-performances—not to mention the Evergreen Express activities in the Adventure Garden—will continue through January 24!
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