Around the Garden

Holiday Train Show Arrives with New Dining Options and More Trains!

Posted in Around the Garden on November 20th, 2015 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment

NYBG WeekendThis year’s all-new Holiday Train Show® opens on Saturday, November 21—with more trains, more landmarks, and more dining options than ever! This year’s exhibition features 3,000 square feet of additional exhibition space, making room for dozens of new trains, bridges, and tracks; a captivating short film of the show’s behind-the-scenes magic; and a stunning multisensory finale of light and sound. With something for everyone, plan your holiday visit today.

New this year, the MasterCard® Gingerbread Café creates a festive setting to enjoy a kid-approved menu of sandwiches, soups, salads, and desserts; two gourmet food trucks offering burgers and tacos; and a variety of holiday-themed activities. Color in a gingerbread activity sheet, and stop by our photo kiosk for a memorable souvenir. MasterCard Cardholders receive a complimentary sweet treat with a purchase of $10 or more.

Frosty’s Schnapps Haus, a Bavarian-themed outdoor dining option to keep you warm in winter, offers a variety of treats such as roasted chestnuts and pretzels from an authentic pretzel cart as well as spiked hot beverages. Also at the Visitor Center, enjoy first-class culinary creations at the Pine Tree Café amid one of the Garden’s arboreal wonders: a world-renowned collection of rare and unusual pines from Asia, Europe, and North America that features century-old specimens nearly 100 feet tall. The family-friendly menu ranges from artisanal panini, Neapolitan-style pizza, and signature salads to sweet treats and snacks. For a full-service dining experience, make a reservation at the Hudson Garden Grill, offering innovative New American cuisine and locally sourced ingredients.

Click through to view the full schedule of special events for this weekend’s grand opening—including our annual holiday tree lighting. Plan your visit, and come hungry!

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Morning Eye Candy: Aren’t You Gladiolus?

Posted in Around the Garden, Photography on August 28th, 2015 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment


Gladiolus murielae in the Ladies’ Border – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

This Weekend: Tours Galore Plus Frida-filled Fun

Posted in Around the Garden on August 14th, 2015 by Vilina Phan – Be the first to comment

Hibiscus moscheutos 'Jazzberry Jam' 08Summer may be winding down, but the festivities of the Garden are heating up. With FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life in full swing there is no time like the present to experience the blockbuster exhibition, amid the backdrop of late summer flora seen throughout the massive garden grounds.

On Saturday, tour the Ross Conifer Arboretum where you will see and learn about the majestic world of conifers, with a few rarities that can only be found in select locations around the world, and of course, here at the Garden. Or Tour the historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, exploring various habitats from around the world, all housed under one ceiling.

Sunday calls for even more tours! Learn about the aquatic house at the Conservatory, where you’ll see an acre of plants under glass. Or explore the Thain Family Forest, a 50-acre uncut woodland area, with experienced guides. But if you really just want a general gist of the Garden, then go on the Garden Highlight Tour, featuring pinnacle gardens and plants of the New York Botanical Garden.

And don’t forget about Frida! See rare works of her art at the Library, then go over to the Conservatory to see her home and garden, Casa Azul, come alive. This exhibition is not to be missed! So get your tickets now, and see the Garden before the summer’s over! read more »

Explore What’s Wonderful in Summer at NYBG

Posted in Gardens and Collections, Video, What's Beautiful Now on August 11th, 2015 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment

The summer season is at its height here at NYBG, with plenty of seasonal beauty appearing each week. In this latest video, our own Brian Sullivan, Vice President for Gardens, Landscape and Outdoor Collections, highlights some of the gorgeous flowers of summer that visitors can admire in the Native Plant Garden and the Perennial Garden.

Escape the heat with a pleasant walk beneath the shaded canopy of the Thain Family Forest, admire the dramatic waterlilies and lotus blossoms adorning the Conservatory Pools, and be sure to plan your visit on a day with activities and tours for the whole family!

This Weekend: Batali Family Dinner Takes Over the Garden

Posted in Around the Garden, Mario Batali's Edible Garden, Programs and Events on August 7th, 2015 by Vilina Phan – Be the first to comment

IVO_4640Treat you and your family to a delicious meal at the Garden this weekend, prepared by renowned chefs from the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group. Dinner features a three-course, family-styled meal using only fresh and seasonal ingredients. Kids will also have the opportunity to get their hands dirty with gardening and craft activities alongside cooking demonstration. It’s fun for the whole family, get your tickets now!

Arrive early and experience the blockbuster FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life exhibition with all the exciting programs running throughout the day (and weekend!), including live dance performances and a special screening of famed Mexican film, Café, Cantos de Humo or Coffee, Chants of Smoke.

Take advantage of the beautiful weekend and come to the Garden—with so many activities, we’re sure it’ll be one for the books!
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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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