Archive for April, 2016

NYBG at 125: New Chapters, New Memories

Posted in History on April 29th, 2016 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment

Library BuildingEach day this week we’re celebrating the past 125 years of The New York Botanical Garden with a different story from one of our many visitors, young and old—whether it’s an unforgettable day recently spent exploring our 250 acres or a treasured family memory that makes the Garden special. In honor of Arbor Day, today’s featured memory comes from a longtime member—and Adult Education student—who made a fond and lasting memory beneath one of our own trees.

Follow along as we share just a few of these many stories, then take a moment to head over to NYBG/125 and share your own memory for a chance to win an NYBG Lifetime Membership!
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What’s Beautiful Now: Blossoms Above & Below

Posted in Around the Garden, Gardens and Collections, Photography, What's Beautiful Now on April 29th, 2016 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment

Happy Arbor Day! There is no better time to show love for trees than during flowering tree season. Right now the crabapples have picked up where the cherry blossoms left off with their own colorful display—and that’s only the beginning of what’s beautiful now at NYBG!

The 25th Anniversary Antique Garden Furniture Fair opened last night with its festive Preview Party, and this weekend’s visitors can admire fine antiques and treasures for the garden and the garden room from 30 leading exhibitors in the Conservatory Tent. On grounds, spring’s progress continues across NYBG’s historic landscape. The Azalea Garden is at 75% of peak color, and the newly-reopened Lilac Collection is debuting its fragrant blossoms for the enjoyment of visitors. View highlights from across the Garden in the gallery below, and plan your visit today!

Morning Eye Candy: Trunk & Stem

Posted in Photography on April 29th, 2016 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

The eastern redbud cares more about its presentation than to think that flowers on stems alone are enough.

Cercis canadensis

Eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis) in the Ross Conifer Arboretum – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

Morning Eye Candy: It’s Our Birthday!

Posted in Photography on April 28th, 2016 by Lansing Moore – 1 Comment

125 years ago today, on April 28, 1891, The New York Botanical Garden was established by an act of the New York State Legislature. Over a century later, we’re still growing! Come visit our recently reopened and expanded Lilac Collection for a whiff of spring.

Lilac Collection New York Botanical Garden

The New Lilac Collection – Photo by Marlon Co

NYBG at 125: After All the Years

Posted in History on April 28th, 2016 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

Library BuildingEach day this week we’re celebrating the past 125 years of The New York Botanical Garden with a different story from one of our many visitors, young and old—whether it’s an unforgettable day recently spent exploring our 250 acres or a treasured family memory that makes the Garden special. And today’s story happens to fall on our actual anniversary—April 28! On this day in 1891, 125 years ago, the Garden was officially created by New York.

Follow along as we share just a few of these many stories, then take a moment to head over to NYBG/125 and share your own memory for a chance to win an NYBG Lifetime Membership!
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NYBG at 125: Moments Shared

Posted in History on April 27th, 2016 by Matt Newman – 1 Comment

Narcissus 'Tahiti'Each day this week we’ll be celebrating the past 125 years of The New York Botanical Garden with a different story from one of our many visitors, young and old—whether it’s an unforgettable day recently spent exploring our 250 acres or a treasured family memory that makes the Garden special. It all leads up to the Garden’s official anniversary this Thursday, April 28!

Follow along as we share just a few of these many stories, then take a moment to head over to NYBG/125 and share your own memory for a chance to win an NYBG Lifetime Membership!
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NYBG at 125: Leaving Practice, Discovering a New Garden

Posted in History on April 26th, 2016 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment

Each day this week we’ll be celebrating the past 125 years of The New York Botanical Garden with a different story from one of our visitors—whether it’s a perfect day recently spent exploring our 250 acres or a treasured family memory that makes the Garden special. It all leads up to our official anniversary on Thursday, April 28!

Follow along as we share just a few of these many stories, then take a moment to head over to NYBG/125 and share your own memory for a chance to win an NYBG Lifetime Membership!
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Morning Eye Candy: Tulip Tuesday

Posted in Photography on April 26th, 2016 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment

The tulips are bringing spring color to almost every corner of NYBG’s grounds! including these beautiful Darwin hybrid tulips near the Visitor Center.

Tulipa Marit spring at the New York Botanical Garden tulips

Tulipa ‘Marit’ across from the Ross Conifer Arboretum – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

Eden of the Republic: The Rise, Fall, and Legacy of David Hosack’s Elgin Botanic Garden

Posted in From the Library on April 26th, 2016 by Samantha D’Acunto – Be the first to comment
Victoria Johnson

Victoria Johnson

In January of this year, Victoria Johnson began a talk in the Library by taking us back in time to the shores of the New Jersey Palisades, where Alexander Hamilton fatally dueled with Aaron Burr in the year 1804. Johnson used the duel to set the stage for another interesting historical figure: Dr. David Hosack (1769–1835). A physician to both Burr and Hamilton, as it happened, Hosack was involved in the infamous duel, but his role in history goes beyond this one dramatic moment. Johnson shared her historical research to paint a passionate personal account of who Dr. David Hosack was, and to elaborate on his impact in the botanical and medical world of the early Republic.

Hosack was the founder of the first medical botanical garden in the American Republic, known as the Elgin Botanic Garden. Erected on 5th Avenue between 47th and 51st street in the year 1801, it roughly spanned the area where Rockefeller Center stands today. After a decade of effort, Hosack assembled a collection containing more than 1,500 species of plants, among which were materials collected from the Louisiana Purchase during the famous Lewis and Clark expedition. Plants from all over the world were represented at Hosack’s garden. Young medical students from Columbia College were able to study the garden’s resources for a hands-on understanding of the plants’ healing properties. Though short-lived, the research done at this garden would pave the way for famous 19th-century botanists such as Amos Eaton, John Torrey, and Asa Gray.
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NYBG at 125: A Memorable Engagement

Posted in History on April 25th, 2016 by Matt Newman – 1 Comment

nybg125-forestEach day this week we’ll be celebrating the past 125 years of The New York Botanical Garden with a different story from one of our visitors—whether it’s a perfect day recently spent exploring our 250 acres or a treasured family memory that makes the Garden special. It all leads up to our official anniversary on Thursday, April 28!

Follow along as we share just a few of these many stories, then take a moment to head over to NYBG/125 and share your own memory for a chance to win an NYBG Lifetime Membership!
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