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What’s Beautiful Now: Thriving Greens

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on August 5th, 2016 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment
Perennial Garden

Perennial Garden

The first week of August brings summer at NYBG to new heights of lush greens and eye-popping flowers. Blooms stretch forth across the Perennial Garden and Seasonal Walk. Water lilies and lotuses bring bursts of color to the Conservatory Pools, while the Native Plant Garden is abuzz with pollinators enjoying the perennials in the meadow and the wetland.

Indoors or out, the Garden is full of life, from the classic plantings of Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas in the Haupt Conservatory, to the thriving vegetable beds in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden—the heart of the future Edible Academy that you can help launch through our first-ever Kickstarter campaign.

Getting outside in summer is a must, and it just so happens we’ve got 250 acres to explore.

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What’s Beautiful Now: Summer Color at NYBG

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on July 8th, 2016 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment
Southern catalpa

Southern catalpa

At NYBG we’re enjoying a lush summer season, with flowers and greenery abounding across our historic landscape. The Native Plant Garden is full of colorful perennials and graceful ferns, while Daylily Walk is ablaze with these warm flowers. In the Rose Garden, you’ll still find a wealth of blooms—hundreds of varieties of floribundas, hybrid teas, and shrub roses creating an unbelievable palette of colors.

Come admire the seasonal beauty of summer at NYBG, and be sure to experience Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, which features an exciting array of weekend programs and events! View more highlights from the Garden below.


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What’s Wonderful in Summer

Posted in Around the Garden on June 30th, 2016 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

Summer at the Garden is a season of abundance, but there’s so much to see—so many collections to explore—that sometimes the rich greenery and thousands of blooms can be a bit overwhelming. Luckily, we have Kristin Schleiter, our Associate Vice President for Outdoor Gardens & Senior Curator.

Follow along with Kristin for some quick tips on some of the highlights of the Garden during this thriving season!

What’s Beautiful Now: Art, Music, & Summer’s Start

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on June 17th, 2016 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment
allium perennial garden

Alliums in the Perennial Garden

Early summer at NYBG brings blooms aplenty for Father’s Day this weekend, and well into next week. Come admire the grounds, and plan your visit around tomorrow night’s inaugural NYBG/125 Evening, Canciones de mi Padre, featuring Ernesto Villalobos & Gizel Xanath. These talented musicians are joined by Mazarte Dance Company for a summer evening al fresco concert in celebration of Father’s Day.

On Sunday, the Garden comes alive with a display of artistic talent as NYBG hosts more than 20 talented painters for the Plein-Air Invitational. Get more information about the artists here, or view this exclusive video. NYBG/125 Evenings continue next Thursday with tap and jazz by The Manzari Brothers and DIVA’s FIVE PLAY—featuring an evening viewing of Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

View photos below that highlight what’s beautiful now at NYBG— from the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden to the Perennial Garden and beyond!

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What’s Beautiful Now: Roses, So Many Roses

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on June 3rd, 2016 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

Floribunda rose Plum PerfectIf the Garden wears spring like jewelry, the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden is our Hope Diamond—and at 80% of the way to peak bloom, this is the time to see it. Our Rose Garden Weekend is shaping up to be a festival of flowers both classic and contemporary, from hybrid teas and shrub roses to the most superlative floribundas.

Stop in all weekend long for live music and dance, plein-air painting, drinks, and talks with the Garden’s top rose experts that’ll set you on the path to a thriving rose garden of your own. You might even win one of our incredible plants to take home—learn more here.

And if you’re not yet sold, have a look at just a few of the flowers in bloom this week.

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What’s Beautiful Now: Peak Peonies & Roses On The Rise

Posted in Around the Garden, What's Beautiful Now on May 27th, 2016 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment

Hybrid Rugosa rose 'Therese Bugnet' The Matelich Peony Collection continues to show off its bright and fragrant blooms across from the Perennial Garden. Across grounds, the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden is beginning to display its spring color in advance of next weekend’s Rose Garden Weekend. View some choice peony and rose specimens from these collections below, and follow the roses’ progress with Rose Watch!

The Rock Garden and Native Plant Garden have entered their lush summer growth already, so enjoy a stroll in the shade of our tree canopy this Memorial Day Weekend. We will be open on Monday during regular Garden Hours.

 

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What’s Beautiful Now: Herbaceous Peonies Steal the Show

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on May 20th, 2016 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment

Paeonia-'Salmon-Dream'Herbaceous peonies are in full bloom right now! The Matelich Anniversary Peony Collection, one of several new collections inaugurated this year in honor of NYBG’s 125th Anniversary, is bearing massive flowers that are wonderfully fragrant and colorful. The new peony collection is a must-see and is conveniently located just across from the Perennial Garden.

Beautiful throughout the year, the Perennial Garden is especially colorful this month as the perennials fully stretch out for the season. There is always something eye-catching blooming in this garden, with more on deck when they finish. The Native Plant Garden has many blooming perennials of its own, with Sarracenia species in the wetland, and native rhododendrons and azaleas coming into flower as well, all amid sweeps of a variety of lovely ferns.

The Rock Garden is awash in color, and the display can change daily and even hourly on a sunny day. Take a stroll through this secluded, historic collection, and enjoy the peaceful babble of the restored cascade. Visitors this weekend enjoy a unique glimpse into NYBG’s ongoing plant science and conservation endeavors during our Science Open House.

 

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What’s Beautiful Now: Gardens on Canvas

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on May 13th, 2016 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

American ImpressionismAfter months of preparation and a frenetic few weeks in the Haupt Conservatory, where our horticulturists were buzzing about with hollyhocks, poppies, and foxgloves, opening weekend for Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas has finally arrived. And with the mid-spring flux of wildly blooming flowers and greening trees surrounding us, it’s a pretty good time to get reacquainted with NYBG!

Join us Saturday and Sunday for the Opening Weekend Celebration, featuring live music, plein-air painting, craft activities, dance, and a special cake tasting by some of New York’s top bakeries. It’s going to be an incredible run, and the show is only just getting started.

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What’s Beautiful Now: A Day for Mom

Posted in Around the Garden on May 6th, 2016 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

Tree PeoniesIt’s Mother’s Day this coming Sunday, May 8, and as every year, there’s no better place to celebrate the holiday than here at the Garden. We’ll be outside for our Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Party with lawn games, arts and crafts, and plenty of food trucks on hand to make an afternoon on Daffodil Hill that much more relaxing.

Among the highlights of what you’ll see this weekend is the Azalea Garden, which is just about to hit peak color for the season with a sea of blooming purples and pinks. From there, you’ll want to stop in at the Native Plant Garden, where pleasant ephemerals dot the landscape. And the Rock Garden, ever a star at this time of year, changes near-hourly with its collections of alpine flowers.

This is one of the biggest weekends of the year at NYBG, and did I mention the newly renovated Lilac Collection is fit to overflow with color and fragrance?

 

 

Book Review: Gardener’s Yoga by Veronica D’Orazio

Posted in Around the Garden, From the Library, Shop/Book Reviews on May 5th, 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.


Gardener’s Yoga by Veronica D’Orazio Frida Celements

Gardener’s Yoga: 40 Yoga Poses to Help Your Garden Flow by Veronica D’Orazio. Illustrated by Frida Clements. Sasquatch Books, 2015. 128 pages, color illustrations. Softcover. $16.95. ISBN: 9781570619892

Gardener’s Yoga: 40 Yoga Poses to Help Your Garden Flow immediately caught my eye when I saw it featured as a new book at the University of Washington Botanic Gardens Elisabeth C. Miller Library. Written by Veronica D’Orazio and illustrated by Frida Clements, this 2015 edition includes new artwork and more poses than the 2005 publication by the same name from D’Orazio.

Gardening is often praised for the health benefits it provides. Those who garden or have gardened regularly can attest to the physical challenges and demands of the hobby or profession, and the full-body workout that gardening can often provide. Gardener’s Yoga positions itself as a resource that will allow readers to ease the aches and pains associated with gardening, and strengthen muscle groups often used in common garden chores. Additionally, the yoga poses that have been selected are intended to be easy on the hands and knees, as these areas of the body often withstand repetitious movement when gardening.

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