Around the Garden

This Weekend: A Labor Day Lark

Posted in Around the Garden on August 29th, 2014 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

The NYBG WeekendAs one of the last gasps of summer, Labor Day weekend is a chance for NYBG to throw open its gates on a Monday and welcome everyone for what tends to be the closing week of our summer exhibition. And this year, things are no different—we’re rapidly approaching the September 7 end of our Groundbreakers exhibition! If you haven’t found a moment to get away and visit us here in the Bronx, now’s as good a time as any and maybe even better.

Those of you with kids in tow will be happy to know that we’re going full-tilt in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden with our SousaKazooza events, the last of the season. Bring your little ones for some music, marching, and crafts to keep them busy. And for the adults, we’re still offering our full suite of Groundbreakers events alongside a sweeping schedule of tours—Azalea Garden, Rock Garden, Conservatory, Native Plant Garden and Garden Highlights among them—to help you make the most of your afternoon.

Head past the jump for the full schedule, and don’t let the last few weeks of warm sunshine get away from you!
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This Week at the Greenmarket: Garden-to-Table Treats

Posted in Around the Garden on August 6th, 2014 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment
gazpacho

Photo via Bon Appétit

Wednesdays mean free grounds-only admission to the Garden, and of course the return of the NYBG Greenmarket. This week our specialty vendors are offering okra, purple basil, red amaranth, eggplants, cantaloupe, potatoes, and more! Just in time too, because we have really been working up an appetite reading the special menus that have been announced for our series of Family Dinners with Mario Batali’s Chefs. These visiting luminaries of Italian cuisine are using the freshly grown produce of the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden to prepare some garden-to-table recipes that sound absolutely delicious.

Tickets are still available for those who would like to enjoy one of these special evenings of cooking demonstrations and activities for the whole family! For us amateur cooks, we have chosen a simple recipe that still makes the most of the Greenmarket’s bounty. Gazpacho, that Spanish staple of summer, can be a speedy and refreshing treat that would taste outstanding with the fresh tomatoes and cucumbers available today! Read on for the recipe.

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Morning Eye Candy: A Daylily in Night’s Colors

Posted in Around the Garden on August 3rd, 2014 by Matt Newman – 1 Comment

A Sunday for the colors of wine and gold.

Hemerocallis 'Bridget'

Hemerocallis ‘Bridget’ along Daylily Walk – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

What’s Beautiful Now: Natively Gorgeous

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on July 14th, 2014 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment

The Native Plant GardenAs summer heats up, the Native Plant Garden moves into the height of its beauty. What makes this exquisitely designed showcase of flora native to Northeastern North America particularly stunning is that its beauty is the beauty of our own region.

This ever more colorful collection is a haven for pollinators of all stripes—and spots!—from bees to butterflies. There are many blossoms and types of foliage to admire, from the waving fronds of the shady ferns to the magenta spots of Bush’s poppymallow (Callirhoe bushii) dotting the sunny meadow.

Click through for some eye-popping images from the meadow and elsewhere in the Native Plant Garden!
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This Weekend: The Garden Gets Some Color

Posted in Around the Garden on July 11th, 2014 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment

hemerocallis fulva daylilyThis humid week is finally giving way to a pleasant weekend, and it is the perfect time to visit NYBG! Groundbreakers continues to guide visitors through the monumental history of America’s gardening culture, and the summer season brings more color to the grounds each day.

Come check out the Perennial Garden and Seasonal Walk as they enter new and ever-beautiful stages of growth. Admire the lotus blossoms and water lilies emerging in the reflecting pools outside the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Enjoy a summer walk beneath the pleasant shade of trees in the Native Plant Garden or the Thain Family Forest. There is a wealth of ways to enjoy the Garden this summer for people of all ages. Upcoming after-hours events include Jazz Age Evenings and Family Dinners with Mario Batali’s Chefs. For this weekend’s program offerings, read on!

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Garden News: Groundbreakers in Full Color

Posted in Around the Garden on June 19th, 2014 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

Foxglove in the ConservatoryAt the heart of our Groundbreakers exhibition stand six women—three of them designers, three of them photographers—who, through combined efforts, effected a sea change in the style and popularity of the American garden. From Beatrix Farrand’s opus of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Seal Harbor, Maine, to Marian Coffin’s timeless creations here at NYBG, formerly staid home gardens in the U.S. shrugged off western Europe’s stylistic dominance for new and exciting influences from other cultures—not to mention those found right here at home.

Groundbreakers: Great American Gardens and The Women Who Designed Them is an homage to that renaissance of the early 20th century, when these six women established themselves not only as successful designers, but as pioneers along a fresh course for the country’s green spaces.
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Instant Color

Posted in Around the Garden on June 17th, 2014 by Sonia Uyterhoeven – Be the first to comment

Sonia Uyterhoeven is the NYBG’s Gardener for Public Education.


Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

When you come to visit the Garden, more often than not you’re getting a view of the final product. Only seldom do our guests have the unexpected privilege of seeing all of our work in progress.

You may have come for a visit in the spring or the fall and seen us ripping out beds of bulbs or annuals, replacing them with other seasonal displays. We’re busy making what I call a “tidy mess”—or sometimes, depending on the personalities at play, “controlled chaos.” Everything gets ripped out. Perennials are given a new home, spent annuals dumped in the back of a Toro (our little, red, environmentally-friendly electric carts) and taken away to the compost heap. The bed is then raked smooth, fertilized, and its edges tidied in preparation for the new planting.

Carts of annuals and tender perennials are brought down to the work area, looking like nursery on wheels. A discussion then ensues on the placement and the number of plants available for each area. The bed is measured and divided into quadrants, the annuals are spaced, and each plant placed in the bed.
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Morning Eye Candy: An Ideal Host

Posted in Around the Garden on June 12th, 2014 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

In a not quite accurate recitation of William Blake, “A robin red-breast on a post makes a perfect Garden host.”

Robin

A robin in the Native Plant Garden – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

Gems of Summer: Stewartia

Posted in Around the Garden on June 11th, 2014 by Jaime Morin – Be the first to comment

Jaime Morin is The New York Botanical Garden’s Assistant Curator in horticulture. She works with the plant records and curation teams to help keep the garden’s information on its living collections up to date. She also oversees the details of the garden’s Living Collections Phenology Project.


Stewartia rostrata

Stewartia rostrata

Ever since my journey into the world of plant obsession began, one my favorite times of the year has always been what I affectionately call “Stewartia season.” This delightful stretch always reminds me of summers spent immersed in unique plant collections, but always being drawn back to this one fascinating group of plants.

The genus Stewartia contains a handful of large shrub and tree species native to eastern Asia and two indigenous to the southeastern United States. Stewartia species all have beautiful white flowers with an obvious tuft of anthers in their center. Their floral show takes place in early to mid-summer, but many species also put on a fantastic display of orange to crimson fall foliage, extending the plants’ season of interest.
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Morning Eye Candy: A Spin on the Carousel

Posted in Around the Garden on June 11th, 2014 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

I happened to be catching up with Ivo by the Stone Mill when one of our groundskeepers rolled by on his way to the next job site. “Have you seen the mountain laurel yet?” he asked. “I’ve never actually seen it in bloom until now. Worth the wait, though.”

We’re all on the look-out for good camera fodder here.

Kalmia latifolia 'Carousel'

Mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia ‘Carousel’) by the Stone Mill – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen