Around the Garden

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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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!

Cary Fowler Protects Biodiversity in “Seeds of Time” Documentary

Posted in Around the Garden on April 1st, 2016 by Jenifer Willis – Be the first to comment

Seeds of Time

Nestled in the Norwegian Arctic, secure in an underground vault, rests one resource mankind cannot live without: seeds. The vault is a piece of a larger project of agricultural pioneer Cary Fowler in a passionate race against time to protect the future of our food supply, as captured in a documentary film Seeds of Time.

We sat down with Fowler in advance of our Earth Day screening of Seeds of Time to learn more about preserving biodiversity in agricultural crops and what filmgoers can do to help.
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See What’s Wonderful in Late Winter at NYBG

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on February 24th, 2016 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment

Hamamelis-vernalis witch hazelAs winter enters its final weeks—and not a moment too soon!—the earliest blooms of the year are beginning to appear on NYBG’s landmark grounds. Kristin Schleiter, our own AVP for Outdoor Gardens and Senior Curator, gives an overview of the unique and intrepid first flowers of this season, including fragrant snow drops and witch-hazel, in this new video.

Beyond the tropical color of The Orchid Show: Orchidelirium, there is still plenty of seasonal beauty to appreciate throughout the 250-acre landscape surrounding the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. View the video below, and join us in eager anticipation of much-awaited spring and many more blossoms to come!

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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