Around the Garden

What’s Beautiful Now: From Tulips to Lilacs

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on April 24th, 2017 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

Magnolia stellata _Waterlily_ 10-smallClassic fragrance and color define the Garden this week with the addition of the Azalea Garden, Magnolia Collection, and Burn Family Lilacs to our growing list of spring beauty. With the daffodils at peak bloom, now is the time to see them, and this weekend’s Daffodil Celebration & Wine Weekend should give you even more reason to be here!

Head below to see just a few of the many flowers coming into vogue this week across NYC’s most stunning 250 acres. With spring marching on, we’re seeing new and exciting growth each and every week!

Perennial of the Week: Arisaema ringens, cobra-lily

Perennial of the Week: <em>Arisaema ringens</em>, cobra-lily
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Arisaema ringens is a spectacular, Japan-native perennial commonly known as cobra-lily. Emerging from the spring soil as a seemingly sinister spear, this beauty opens to reveal two trifoliate leaves and a single cobra-like flower. Despite having a hooded, green and purple spathe, flies (the primary pollinator) still manage to find the inner yellowish white spadix. A. ringens goes dormant in the summer after flowering.

Project WASTE: Middle School Students Clean Up the Bronx River

Posted in Around the Garden on April 19th, 2017 by Tai Montanarella – Be the first to comment

Tai Montanarella is the Marian S. Heiskell Associate Director of School and Out-of-School Programs at The New York Botanical Garden.


Photo of students taking part in Project WasteAlongside a naturalistic waterfall in the Thain Family Forest tourists were snapping family photographs, capturing scenes of the rushing Bronx River, its rocky gorge, and the leafing and flowering spring trees behind them. Yet only 20 feet away lay a tarp with hundreds of pieces of litter, from styrofoam bearing popular fast food logos to glass beer bottles. It was this scene which captivated the students of St. Brendan School in the Bronx.

“In order to find out how garbage gets into the Bronx River, we have to think about the ways water gets into the river,” said forest gardener Erica Deluca. Students had some ideas to share. Thanks to the generosity of Con Edisom STEM Days Out, they have been stewards of the Bronx River for the past two years, observing seasonal changes and thinking about how water quality changes over time by collecting and analyzing macroinvertebrate leaf pack data, and by keeping abreast of current events about human activities and the river.
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What’s Beautiful Now: Daffodils & Cherries Galore

Posted in Around the Garden on April 18th, 2017 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

Photo of Prunus KanzanSpring’s beauty is settling into its groove this week, with strong showings from both our cherry trees and our daffodils. They should reach peak color soon, meaning this week and into the weekend will offer a great opportunity to see these collections in rare form!

Elsewhere in the garden, such as the Rock Garden and Home Gardening Center, early tulips are beginning to make an appearance, while the magnolia collection is now blooming and fragrant.

See what’s happening below!

Daffodil Hill & Liasson Valley

Daffodil Hill & Liasson Valley
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The show is on with hundreds of thousands of daffodils blooming across these two collections and throughout the Garden. Expect peak color this week!

What’s in a Plant Name? Narcissus, Daffodils, and Jonquils

Posted in Around the Garden on April 18th, 2017 by Katherine Wagner-Reiss – 2 Comments

Katherine Wagner-Reiss has her certificate in botany from NYBG and has been a tour guide at the Garden for two years.


Flowering daffodils (narcissus) at NYBGDaffodils, narcissus, and jonquils can get jumbled in the mind, but they are easily sorted out.

Daffodil is the common name for spring-flowering bulbs in the genus Narcissus, of which there are over 50 species. One species, Narcissus jonquilla has its own common name, jonquil. When in doubt, you can never go wrong by calling any of these flowers “narcissus,” since they are all in that genus.

The name daffodil is an alteration of the name for another striking flower, the asphodel. No one knows how the initial “D” came to be added to daffodil. So lovely is the asphodel that it was said to grow in the Elysian Fields: blessed fields of the afterlife in ancient Greek literature. Asphodelus alba is planted in the NYBG Perennial Garden; I will certainly be looking for its bloom this summer!

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What’s Beautiful Now: Spring in Swing

Posted in Around the Garden on April 12th, 2017 by Matt Newman – 1 Comment

Photo of daffodilsAfter a shaky start to spring, with cold and warm days jostling for the lead, this week’s steady warmth has finally cut the ribbon on the start of the season’s flowers. All across our 250 acres you’ll find collections waking up with purples, pinks, yellows, and whites, providing fragrance and beauty after the long winter.

Have a look at just a few of the highlights to be found this week, then plan your visit to NYBG! It’s only going to get better from here.

Prunus × yedoensis 'Akebono'

<em>Prunus</em> × <em>yedoensis</em> 'Akebono'
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Flowering cherries are among the first trees to herald the arrival of spring. Look for them throughout the Garden grounds, where their pink and white blossoms are easily spotted during their fleeting glory.

Black History Month Celebration at The New York Botanical Garden

Posted in Around the Garden on February 28th, 2017 by Elizabeth Figueroa – 2 Comments
Senator Jamaal Bailey

Senator Jamaal Bailey

On Thursday, February 16, NYBG held celebrated Black History Month with workshops and presentations commemorating the accomplishments and contributions of African Americans.

This annual event invited school groups and visitors to attend facilitator-led workshops, including:

Vickie Fremont: Students created African dolls while learning about the fabric, beads and shells as well as its significance in the African culture.

Laura Gadson: Held a creative workshop making bandanas from quilted fabric to help students discover the African culture significance behind its colors.

Pat Mabry: Presented a lively history on African Dance and Drum history

Afterwards, students filed into Ross Hall for a keynote address delivered by Senator Jamaal Bailey.

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Puerto Rican Heritage Month Celebration at The New York Botanical Garden

Posted in Around the Garden, Learning Experiences on December 5th, 2016 by Elizabeth Figueroa – 3 Comments

On Tuesday, November 22, NYBG held its annual Puerto Rican Heritage Month event celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of Puerto Ricans. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 400 pre-registered school groups and visitors attended workshops and presentations throughout the Watson Education Building, Ross Hall, and Ross Gallery.An array of facilitators led workshops commemorating Puerto Rican Heritage Month:

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Community Holiday Open House Menorah and Tree Lighting Ceremony at The New York Botanical Garden

Posted in Around the Garden, Holiday Train Show, Programs and Events on November 30th, 2016 by Elizabeth Figueroa – 6 Comments
Senator José Serrano and family

New York State Senator José Serrano and family

On Sunday, November 20, NYBG held its annual Community Holiday Open House and Menorah and Tree lighting ceremony. Aaron Bouska, NYBG’s Vice President for Government & Community Relations at NYBG, welcomed the audience, which included many members of the Bronx community as well as several elected officials with their families.

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Fiesta de Flores at The New York Botanical Garden

Posted in Around the Garden on September 27th, 2016 by Elizabeth Figueroa – 1 Comment
NYBG Fiesta de Flores

Don Eliseo Trinidad receives the community service award

Last Wednesday, September 21, NYBG celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month at our annual Fiesta de Flores event.

Guests enjoyed tours of the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the height of its fall bloom, while the historic Stone Mill offered food and wine tastings, live fine art painting, floral arranging workshops, artisan vendors, musical entertainment, and a Bomba dance ensemble.

The highlight of the day came when Don Eliseo Trinidad was presented with this year’s community service award. As an NYBG community partner and the owner of La 21 Division, a botanica on the Grand Concourse, Don Eliseo was honored for his dedication and caring for the well-being of the Bronx community with medicinal plants. Ina Vandebroek, Ph.D., Assistant Curator of Economic Botany and Caribbean Program Director at NYBG, presented the award.
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What’s Beautiful Now: Seasonal Bounty

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on September 16th, 2016 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment

Perennial GardenAhead of the fall foliage, the flowers of late summer dominate NYBG’s landscape this week. Dahlias bring color and complexity to the Perennial Garden, Seasonal Walk, and Home Gardening Center; The Conservatory Pools still boast some water lilies; and the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden is in the midst of its second bloom.

Admire the blossoms yourself this weekend as you sample craft beers and ciders to the sounds of live bluegrass and blues! Blues, Brews & Botany will explore the botanical side of beer, with expert-led demonstrations of the plant science behind your favorite beers. Visitors get a souvenir tasting Tumbler—but supplies are limited so be sure buy your ticket online in advance.

This weekend also marks the debut of Scarecrows & Pumpkins! The Everett Children’s Adventure Garden comes alive with a festive display of friendly scarecrows set among rare and unusual pumpkins and gourds. Sculptor Ray Villafane brings a spooky installation of scarecrows along the Mitsubishi Wild Wetland Trail, an entirely new display from our favorite Halloween artist.

View scenes from the Garden below and plan your first outing of the new season to NYBG!

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