Around the Garden

At Home in the Snow

Posted in Around the Garden on March 24th, 2015 by Deanna Curtis – Be the first to comment

Deanna F. Curtis is Curator of Woody Plants at The New York Botanical Garden where she develops, documents, and helps manage the historic hardy tree and shrub collections.

Hamamelis x intermedia Barmstedt Gold

Hamamelis × intermedia ‘Barmstedt Gold’ flowers unfolding

Friday may have been the first day of spring, but as I watched the snow cover the plants, it certainly felt like winter. I know that everyone is anxiously waiting for spring to arrive, but there is something quite perfect about witch-hazel blooms dusted with snow that demands appreciation. The Azalea Garden is full of these bright spidery flowers right now. They are not some anomaly attributed to our changing weather patterns. This is their time. When it is still gray and the threat of snow still looms large, you can count on their light and warmth in the garden.

Witch-hazels have a range of flowering times depending on species and cultivar. The American witch-hazel, Hamamelis virginiana, flowers in autumn. Vernal witch-hazel or Ozark witch-hazel, Hamamelis vernalis, is also native to North American and often blooms in winter months despite its name. However, this species typically has small flowers and a strong tendency to hold on to its leaves all winter long, obscuring its fragrant flowers. Look for cultivars that were selected for their early leaf drop. The Chinese witch-hazel, Hamamelis mollis, and the Japanese witch-hazel, Hamamelis japonica, flower in late winter. These species are prized for their large and fragrant flowers, as well as their perfect timing – just when we need them the most! The majority of selections available today are cultivars of the hybrid between these two Asian species, Hamamelis × intermedia.
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Morning Eye Candy: Orchids in Orbit

Posted in Around the Garden, Photography on March 3rd, 2015 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment

The celestial splendor of The Orchid Show: Chandeliers fills the lofty heights of our Victorian-style glasshouse.

The Orchid Show Chandeliers NYBG Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

In the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory – Photo by Marlon Co

What’s Beautiful Now: A Winter Walk

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on December 29th, 2014 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment

1214-conifer-250x280The weather outside is certainly not frightful, and the Garden is simply delightful! On this crystal clear winter day, the bright sun highlights the intricate architecture of the tree branches. Snow may have its charms, but nothing beats a brisk walk under a blue sky. Even as the Holiday Train Show reaches its busiest season, there remains plenty to see in the fresh air beyond the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Take advantage of this clear weather to plan a festive outing. Explore our calendar of tours and other ways to enjoy the outdoors at NYBG.

Follow this slideshow on a tour through the Garden grounds—including the Native Plant Garden and the Thain Family Forest—to see all there is to admire on a winter’s day. The way the light illuminates the grass, sparkles on the water, and brightens up the forest is sure to give you a sunny outlook for the coming New Year!


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Morning Eye Candy: Solstice Holdout

Posted in Around the Garden on December 22nd, 2014 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

The winter solstice having come and gone, there are nonetheless a few autumn holdouts still boasting their color around the Garden.

Last leaf

In the Ross Conifer Arboretum – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

Morning Eye Candy: Serpentine

Posted in Around the Garden on November 4th, 2014 by Lansing Moore – 1 Comment

It’s difficult to say which part of this cutleaf Japanese maple is the most beautiful—the foliage or the branches.

Acer palmatum Dissectum Group Dissectum cutleaf Japanese maple

Acer palmatum ‘Dissectum’ near the Rock Garden – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

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

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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