Around the Garden

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

Morning Eye Candy: Pink & Purple Palette

Posted in Around the Garden, Photography, What's Beautiful Now on May 11th, 2015 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment

Azalea Garden NYBGIn the Azalea Garden– Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

Table for Two? Presenting the Hudson Garden Grill, NYBG’s Latest Dining Experience

Posted in Around the Garden on April 9th, 2015 by Lansing Moore – 2 Comments
Hudson Garden Grill Executive Chef Julian Alonzo

Executive Chef Julian Alonzo

Next Tuesday, April 14th, we are thrilled to announce that we will open NYBG’s first ever full-service, sit-down restaurant! Hudson Garden Grill will be open to both Garden visitors and the general public looking for a seasonal, locally sourced dining experience. The latest exciting phase in our partnership with Stephen STARR Events will feature a multi-course lunch menu of refined New American cuisine inspired by locally sourced and ethically produced ingredients. Visit the new establishment for a light breakfast, afternoon tea and light fare, or an early supper during an upcoming visit to the garden.

Hudson Valley farms and other regional producers such as Hudson Valley Duck Farm, Heather Ridge Farm, and Old Chatham Sheepherding Company will provide the highest quality ingredients to Executive Chef Julian Alonzo and his team. Julian attended the French Culinary Institute, honing his skills at both La Caravelle and Maxim’s under Chef David Ruggiero, and was later named “Alumni Chef of the Year.” After receiving praise from Crain’s New York Business and an invitation to cook at the James Beard Foundation, Julian seeks to bring innovative, restaurant-inspired fare to the world of catering and special events. read more »

Fashionably Late: Spring Flowers and Foliage are on the Way!

Posted in Around the Garden on April 8th, 2015 by Todd Forrest – Be the first to comment

Todd Forrest is the NYBG’s Arthur Ross Vice President for Horticulture and Living Collections. He leads all horticulture programs and activities across the Garden’s 250-acre National Historic Landmark landscape, including 50 gardens and plant collections outside and under glass, the old-growth Thain Family Forest, and living exhibitions in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

The Rock Garden in early spring

The Rock Garden in early spring

Everyone in our area is well aware that climatologists have determined that this winter brought some of the coldest temperatures ever recorded in New York. The professional horticulturists who care for The New York Botanical Garden don’t need official weather data to confirm our suspicions that spring is coming later this year than it has in recent memory. All we need to do is walk through the Botanical Garden to see what our magnolias, daffodils, then flowering cherries and other spring-flowering favorites are doing at the moment. Gardeners’ (and plants’) internal clocks are set according to plant phenology—the timing of natural events such as flowering, fruiting, and leafing out—and all indications are that spring is overdue.

As staff members of one of the world’s great scientific and educational institutions, we have access to a suite of resources we can use to confirm (or deny) our suspicions. Since 2002 Volunteer Citizen Scientists have walked regularly through the Botanical Garden and noted carefully if certain plants are flowering, fruiting, leafing out, or dropping their leaves. The data from these “phenology walks” tell us that on average over the past decade, our native red maple, which is one of the most common street trees in New York and my favorite harbinger of spring, has been in peak flower around the middle of March. As of today, the flowers on the red maples in our Native Plant Garden and Thain Family Forest are just starting to open.
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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