What’s Beautiful Now

What’s Beautiful Now: Shapes of the Solstice

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on June 19th, 2017 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

Hydrangea quercifoliaWeek of June 19, 2017

While the roses have hit their spring peak, you’ll still find color in the collection throughout summer as we move on toward its September redux. Meanwhile, the lush greenery of summer is the pride of the Garden right now, with late spring flowers in all shapes and sizes making a showing throughout.

There’s no better place to catch it than in the Native Plant Garden, where speckled sunlight filters down through the tree canopy to light ferns and grasses in abundance. The Rock Garden continues its quiet, colorful reign as we move into summer, and the Perennial Garden is a manicured balance of flowers and foliage right now. See what’s beautiful at NYBG this week, just ahead of the summer solstice!

Perennial of the Week: Astilbe × arendsii 'Amethyst'

Perennial of the Week: <em>Astilbe </em>×<em> arendsii</em> 'Amethyst'
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Reaching heights of 30”–36”, Astilbe × arendsii 'Amethyst' is known for its tall and fluffy plumes of lavender-pink flowers. This perennial is clump-forming, yet graceful with its flowers emerging erect on a tall and slender stem above the mounds of fern-like leaves (about 12”–24” tall). You can find sweeps of this beauty in the Azalea Garden.

What’s Beautiful Now: Summer Heat

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on June 12th, 2017 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

While the herbaceous peonies that held the spotlight until now have bid us adieu for another spring, the Rockefeller Rose Garden quickly stepped in to take the stage, boasting thousands of beautiful flowers as the heat picks up at the Garden. Summer’s approach means a lush and sunny 250 acres to explore at NYBG, so grab your sunglasses and head outside!

Rose Garden

Rose Garden
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The Rose Garden is enjoying its first flush of color for the season! Make sure you don’t miss this garden at its peak.


What’s Beautiful Now: A Rosy Outlook

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on June 5th, 2017 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

Photo of rosesWeek of June 5, 2017

Of all our collections—some 50 in total—the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden is a stand-out in the spring, sweeping into June with a panorama of classic colors. Whites, reds, pinks, and yellows abound, and of our 650 rose varieties, there’s certainly something for everyone to love.

While our Rose Garden Weekend was a huge success, the roses are expected to continue showing off their best sides through this coming weekend at the least, so don’t miss out on their spring bloom! Meanwhile, the herbaceous peonies across from the Conservatory continue to delight everyone who passes by—you really can’t overlook them.
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What’s Beautiful Now: Blooming Like Catmints & Dogwoods

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on May 30th, 2017 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

Week of May 28, 2017

An odd coincidence of springtime is the sometimes simultaneous display of our Cornus kousa, or dogwood, and the aromatic arrival of Nepeta, or catmint. But they’re not the only beauties making themselves known across grounds this week. Look for the peak bloom of the herbaceous peonies, the continued reign of the tree peonies, the ongoing revival of the Rose Garden, and the Rock Garden’s transition from spring floral spotlights to lush summer escape.

Tree of the Week: Cornus kousa, flowering dogwood

Tree of the Week: <em>Cornus kousa</em>, flowering dogwood
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Look for the expanding white floral bracts of Cornus kousa in bloom throughout the Garden. Wonderful specimens of this small statured tree can be found near the staircase into the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden and along the path within the Burn Family Lilac Collection. Be sure to walk through the Benenson Ornamental Conifer collection to see many unique cultivars of this great species.

What’s Beautiful Now: Peony Power

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on May 22nd, 2017 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

The peonies are in prime form this week, and are not to be missed as they put on a parade of color beyond the Conservatory doors. The tree peonies, likewise, are showing off and living up to their fanciful cultivar names—bringing the blooms just as the nearby Rose Garden begins to tease its earliest color.

In the Native Plant Garden, you can find a taste of early summer in the rich greens and small, bright flowers, while the Rock Garden continues to grow into its lush seasonal colors.

Perennial of the Week: Paeonia lactiflora various cultivars, herbaceous peony

Perennial of the Week: <em>Paeonia lactiflora</em> various cultivars, herbaceous peony
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Glorious showy blooms are held above rich green foliage on these peonies. Amidst the Matelich Anniversary Peony Collection, you will find a wide range in form from single to fully double, with satiny petals in white, pink, coral and red. They offer up scents of rose, lemon, honey, or musk that sing of Spring and even warmer days to come! You will find this collection along Perennial Garden Way, with more than 150 herbaceous peonies reaching their peak in mid-May.

What’s Beautiful Now: Greenest Acres

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on May 15th, 2017 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

Photo of Magnolia x wieseneriThis week the herbaceous peonies are sitting in the spotlight, just as their buds begin to burst into whorls of white, red, and pink along the pathway before the Haupt Conservatory. These brief but beautiful flowers are a must-see in spring!

Elsewhere in the Garden, the azaleas are still showing some color as they begin their decline, and the greenery of our 250 acres is on full display, filling out the Forest with the airy glow of millions of new leaves. You won’t regret a stroll on our miles of trails.

Check out what else is happening at the Garden this week.

Perennial of the Week: Amsonia hubrichtii, threadleaf bluestar

Perennial of the Week: <em>Amsonia hubrichtii</em>, threadleaf bluestar
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Though native to the Ouachita Mountains in central Arkansas, Amsonia hubrichtii is not a common perennial. This erect, clump-forming perennial reaches three feet in height and width. Noted for its powdery-blue spring flowers, feathery green summer foliage, and golden fall color, this plant is popular for its versatility of use in borders, native plant gardens, rock gardens, and open woodland areas. You can find this beauty around the Perennial Garden and the Azalea Garden.


What’s Beautiful Now: Azaleas, and More Azaleas

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on May 8th, 2017 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

When the daffodils have faded and the cherry blossoms are snoozing for the season, you can always count on the Azalea Garden to bring the next big pop to our 250 acres. And that’s exactly what this week is about. As of right now, the azaleas are at about 90% of the way to peak bloom, and we expect this weekend—during our Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Party—to see the height of color before they begin to fade.

With the flowers coming going at a rapid pace, you won’t want to miss out!

Perennial of the Week: Trillium grandiflorum f. polymerum 'Flore Pleno', double large-flowered trillium

Perennial of the Week: <em>Trillium grandiflorum f. polymerum</em> 'Flore Pleno', double large-flowered trillium
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Trillium grandiflorum forma polymerum ‘Flore Pleno’ comes from a naturally occurring sport and has upright, bright-white, double flowers. This rhizomatous plant forms clumps at an excruciatingly slow pace, which is, perhaps, one of the reasons it is so highly coveted. If you find yourself meandering through the Native Plant Garden, don’t forget to look down! You can find this beauty and other delightful trilliums sprinkled across the landscape.


What’s Beautiful Now: A Fragrant Season

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on May 1st, 2017 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

From the bloom of our ever-fragrant lilacs to the dainty dramatics of the Auricula Theater, spring’s progress isn’t hard to see here at NYBG. The crabapples are waking near Daffodil Hill, and the magnolias—always some of the season’s top charmers—are still trucking along with pink and white blooms. Meanwhile, the Azalea Garden is becoming a sea of color.

Check out what’s beautiful now!

Tree of the Week: Cornus florida, Flowering Dogwood

Tree of the Week: <em>Cornus florida</em>, Flowering Dogwood
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Flowering dogwood is a lovely deciduous tree with year-round appeal including spring blooms, showy fall fruit and foliage, along with interesting bark. In spring before the plants fully leaf out, small green and yellow flowers open surrounded by creamy white, showy bracts. Groupings of the cultivar ‘Cherokee Princess’ are located in the native border of the Native Plant Garden and on the slope outside the Stonemill. Other cultivars and species of this smaller native tree are concentrated in the Native Plant Garden, Azalea Garden, and in the Forest.

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.

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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