Around the Garden

Full STEAM Ahead: Students Build with Botany at GreenSchool

Posted in Around the Garden on February 1st, 2016 by Toni Ann Simone – Be the first to comment

Toni Ann Simone is a GreenSchool Science Education Intern at The New York Botanical Garden.

The Macy's Building at the Holiday Train Show

The Macy’s Building at the
Holiday Train Show

Waves of students pool together inside the queues of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory as they eagerly wait to explore its many biomes and exhibitions. A cluster at the front of the line indicates the children are balancing precariously on tip-toes to glance at the imposing structure placed near the entrance of the building. While some eyes light with recognition of the word “Macy’s” labeled on the brown, box-like creation, others are entranced by the toy train which circles it in an infinite loop. This grand replica of Manhattan’s famous department store, festively decorated with sprouting horns of white branches and red yuletide ornaments, stands as the captivating introduction to The New York Botanical Garden’s annual Holiday Train Show.

As GreenSchool’s intern for the 2015–2016 academic year, I am able to interact with these students and discuss what they observed as they participate in the GreenSchool’s plant science workshop, “Building with Botany.” Just like the Holiday Train Show which was restructured and expanded this year, so was its complementary workshop. “Building with Botany” is now a fully involved STEAM program; like its acronym, it seamlessly integrates science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics.
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This Weekend: Warm Weather & Holiday Mondays

Posted in Around the Garden on December 11th, 2015 by Vilina Phan – Be the first to comment

The NYBG WeekendThe Holiday Train Show is in full swing with plenty of activities to get you in the holiday spirit—and with the thermometer nearing 60 degrees, there aren’t many excuses to stay inside! Better yet, we will be open this Monday as well as the following two Mondays—perfect for when the kids start their vacation or when visiting family members come to town.

Kids and the young at heart will delight in the scaled models of classic New York landmarks, built entirely of bark, twigs, seeds, and other natural materials, while seeing G-scale trains zip between these works of art is a special treat. And this weekend features a holiday a cappella group singing your favorite carols; a live poetry reading with former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins on Saturday, featuring works including those on display at the Leon Levy Visitor Center and Perennial Garden Way; and the first installment of the Winter Harmonies Concert Series on Sunday, featuring Le Train Bleu and acclaimed flutist and music director Ransom Wilson.

Come see why a winter visit to the Garden has become one of New York’s favorite holiday traditions. Grab your tickets today!
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Your Gift Goes Twice as Far on #GivingTuesday!

Posted in Around the Garden on December 1st, 2015 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment

New York Botanical Garden Enid A Haupt Conservatory

#GivingTuesday is under way, and thanks to several generous Board members, donations of $25 or more will be matched dollar for dollar up to $75,000 as part of the Urban Oasis Challengebut only until 11:59 p.m. tomorrow, December 2, 2015. Your gift of $25 becomes $50, $100 becomes $200, and so on.

Please give today! Your gift makes everything we do possible: conserving the plants of the world, creating a green urban oasis for New York City, teaching science to city kids, connecting gardening to the arts and humanities, and anchoring the community. This year, please consider making a fully tax-deductible gift to help us make a difference.

Holiday Train Show Arrives with New Dining Options and More Trains!

Posted in Around the Garden on November 20th, 2015 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment

NYBG WeekendThis year’s all-new Holiday Train Show® opens on Saturday, November 21—with more trains, more landmarks, and more dining options than ever! This year’s exhibition features 3,000 square feet of additional exhibition space, making room for dozens of new trains, bridges, and tracks; a captivating short film of the show’s behind-the-scenes magic; and a stunning multisensory finale of light and sound. With something for everyone, plan your holiday visit today.

New this year, the MasterCard® Gingerbread Café creates a festive setting to enjoy a kid-approved menu of sandwiches, soups, salads, and desserts; two gourmet food trucks offering burgers and tacos; and a variety of holiday-themed activities. Color in a gingerbread activity sheet, and stop by our photo kiosk for a memorable souvenir. MasterCard Cardholders receive a complimentary sweet treat with a purchase of $10 or more.

Frosty’s Schnapps Haus, a Bavarian-themed outdoor dining option to keep you warm in winter, offers a variety of treats such as roasted chestnuts and pretzels from an authentic pretzel cart as well as spiked hot beverages. Also at the Visitor Center, enjoy first-class culinary creations at the Pine Tree Café amid one of the Garden’s arboreal wonders: a world-renowned collection of rare and unusual pines from Asia, Europe, and North America that features century-old specimens nearly 100 feet tall. The family-friendly menu ranges from artisanal panini, Neapolitan-style pizza, and signature salads to sweet treats and snacks. For a full-service dining experience, make a reservation at the Hudson Garden Grill, offering innovative New American cuisine and locally sourced ingredients.

Click through to view the full schedule of special events for this weekend’s grand opening—including our annual holiday tree lighting. Plan your visit, and come hungry!

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Morning Eye Candy: Aren’t You Gladiolus?

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


Gladiolus murielae in the Ladies’ Border – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

This Weekend: Tours Galore Plus Frida-filled Fun

Posted in Around the Garden on August 14th, 2015 by Vilina Phan – Be the first to comment

Hibiscus moscheutos 'Jazzberry Jam' 08Summer may be winding down, but the festivities of the Garden are heating up. With FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life in full swing there is no time like the present to experience the blockbuster exhibition, amid the backdrop of late summer flora seen throughout the massive garden grounds.

On Saturday, tour the Ross Conifer Arboretum where you will see and learn about the majestic world of conifers, with a few rarities that can only be found in select locations around the world, and of course, here at the Garden. Or Tour the historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, exploring various habitats from around the world, all housed under one ceiling.

Sunday calls for even more tours! Learn about the aquatic house at the Conservatory, where you’ll see an acre of plants under glass. Or explore the Thain Family Forest, a 50-acre uncut woodland area, with experienced guides. But if you really just want a general gist of the Garden, then go on the Garden Highlight Tour, featuring pinnacle gardens and plants of the New York Botanical Garden.

And don’t forget about Frida! See rare works of her art at the Library, then go over to the Conservatory to see her home and garden, Casa Azul, come alive. This exhibition is not to be missed! So get your tickets now, and see the Garden before the summer’s over! read more »

Explore What’s Wonderful in Summer at NYBG

Posted in Gardens and Collections, Video, What's Beautiful Now on August 11th, 2015 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment

The summer season is at its height here at NYBG, with plenty of seasonal beauty appearing each week. In this latest video, our own Brian Sullivan, Vice President for Gardens, Landscape and Outdoor Collections, highlights some of the gorgeous flowers of summer that visitors can admire in the Native Plant Garden and the Perennial Garden.

Escape the heat with a pleasant walk beneath the shaded canopy of the Thain Family Forest, admire the dramatic waterlilies and lotus blossoms adorning the Conservatory Pools, and be sure to plan your visit on a day with activities and tours for the whole family!

This Weekend: Batali Family Dinner Takes Over the Garden

Posted in Around the Garden, Mario Batali's Edible Garden, Programs and Events on August 7th, 2015 by Vilina Phan – Be the first to comment

IVO_4640Treat you and your family to a delicious meal at the Garden this weekend, prepared by renowned chefs from the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group. Dinner features a three-course, family-styled meal using only fresh and seasonal ingredients. Kids will also have the opportunity to get their hands dirty with gardening and craft activities alongside cooking demonstration. It’s fun for the whole family, get your tickets now!

Arrive early and experience the blockbuster FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life exhibition with all the exciting programs running throughout the day (and weekend!), including live dance performances and a special screening of famed Mexican film, Café, Cantos de Humo or Coffee, Chants of Smoke.

Take advantage of the beautiful weekend and come to the Garden—with so many activities, we’re sure it’ll be one for the books!
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This Weekend: Fun and al Fresco

Posted in Around the Garden on June 12th, 2015 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment

Peggy Rokefeller Rose Garden beeOnly two nights left to enjoy Frida al Fresco Evenings featuring Jenny Holzer! June 12 & 13 are the last of this special series of four consecutive nights that culminate in a program of scrolling light projections at the Garden’s iconic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, presented by internationally renowned artist Jenny Holzer, The New York Botanical Garden, and the Poetry Society of America. After the usual Frida al Fresco fun, featuring live music, food, and cocktails beginning at 6:30 p.m., waves of poetry will sweep over the landmark building from dusk until 10 p.m. (weather permitting).

Families this weekend can bring their appetite to NYBG for more delicious and nutritious and educational cooking demonstrations from the Whole Foods Market® Family Garden Kitchen in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden. See more ongoing children’s programs and weekend programs for adults at the Garden!

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Morning Eye Candy: Julia Child’s Floribunda Rose

Posted in Around the Garden on June 11th, 2015 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment

Whoever your favorite person is, chances are there is a rose named after him or her.


Rosa Julia Child™ in the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen