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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Kiku with a Modern Twist

Posted in Kiku on October 28th, 2016 by Joyce Newman – Be the first to comment

Joyce H. Newman is an environmental journalist and teacher. She holds a Certificate in Horticulture from The New York Botanical Garden.


Ozukuri in the Conservatory

This year The New York Botanical Garden is celebrating chrysanthemums—the most iconic of all Japanese fall-flowering plants—in a new, awe-inspiring display. The Kiku exhibition (open through October 30) in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory has a unique contemporary feel with new sculptural shapes as well as the older traditional forms.

Kiku means chrysanthemum in Japanese. It is the national flower of Japan, part of the Imperial Crest, and the subject of regular exhibitions at the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in Tokyo, where Japanese masters have trained New York Botanical Garden staff over the years to cultivate special shapes and colors in the traditional Imperial style.
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A New Class of Grass

Posted in Horticulture, Kiku on October 21st, 2016 by Kristine Paulus – 2 Comments

Kristine Paulus is NYBG’s Plant Records Manager. She is responsible for the curation of The Lionel Goldfrank III Computerized Catalog of the Living Collections. She manages nomenclature standards and the plant labels for all exhibitions, gardens, and collections, while coordinating with staff, scientists, students, and the public on all garden-related plant information.

Kiku The Art of the Japanese GardenIf the idea of grass makes you think of dreaded after school yard chores or monotonous sports fields, consider a visit to Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden to amend this assessment.  Attempting to steal the spotlight from the chrysanthemums are several decorative members of the Poaceae family, better known to most of us as grasses.

Several plantings of Muhlenbergia capillaris, a highly ornamental native grass commonly called hairawn muhly, create a spectacular floral display for fall throughout the exhibition. Clouds of airy, purple-pink cotton candy-like flowers float above long slender foliage. These hazy panicles glow in the sunlight, converting garden beds into dreamscapes. Hardy and heat- and drought-tolerant, hairawn muhly is as low maintenance as it is attractive.  This colorful plant is also a highlight in the Home Gardening Center’s newly redesigned Grass and Bamboo Garden.

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Orchid Evenings Featuring: LGBT @ NYBG

Posted in Programs and Events, The Orchid Show on March 17th, 2016 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment
Samba New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show

Samba New York!

The Orchid Show: Orchidelirium continues to great acclaim, along with a new season of our popular event series of cocktail evenings with live music, Orchid Evenings. As part of the LGBT @ NYBG outreach initiative, next Thursday, March 24 will be our next LGBT Night. For this special Orchid Evening we have partnered with the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce NY (NGLCCNY) and The LOFT, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Services Center to create a festive and welcoming space for our friends in the LGBT community.

Come enjoy the thousands of orchids filling our landmark Enid A. Haupt Conservatory alongside Brooklyn-based DJ SpaceOnJason, with drinks and light bites available for purchase. This special night will feature live performances by Samba New York! evoking Brazil’s celebrated dance. Bring your friends and colleagues for the perfect group outing. There is no better way to admire this stunning exhibition in all its color and fragrance.

View photos below from recent Orchid Evenings, and join us for LGBT @ NYBG at The Orchid Show!

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This Weekend: The All-New YGC Lounge & A Special Lecture

Posted in The Orchid Show on March 11th, 2016 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment

The Orchid Show Orchidelirium at NYBG eveningsTickets are still available for this Saturday’s Orchid Evening! It will also be the first evening to feature the Young Garden Circle Lounge, an all-new way to experience evenings at the Garden. With a YGC Lounge ticket, you can view the Orchid Show like a VIP with skip-the-line access to a private lounge featuring an open bar, complimentary bites, and a live DJ. These special tickets are $100 each, and after enjoying your night out you have the option of trading in the cost of this ticket toward full membership in the Young Garden Circle, a community of art and garden enthusiasts ages 21–40. YGC Members enjoy complimentary access to the YGC Lounge on all four evenings, along with a number of year-round benefits and access to special events, all while supporting NYBG!

While The Orchid Show focuses on those species collected from far-flung and remote environments, there are beautiful orchid species native to our own region in the Northeast. This Sunday also features a special lecture presented by the Torrey Botanical Society on Orchids of New England & New York. Come familiarize yourself with these home-grown and increasingly rare flowers.
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Morning Eye Candy: A Window Onto Orchid History

Posted in Photography, The Orchid Show on March 1st, 2016 by Lansing Moore – 1 Comment

This year’s Orchid Show focuses on the nineteenth-century orchid collectors who drove the rise of “orchidelirium”—plan your visit and experience this spectacular exhibition!

The Orchid Show Orchidelirium NYBG

The Orchid Show: Orchidelirium in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory – Photo by Marlon Co

Morning Eye Candy: Orchids on the Water

Posted in Photography, The Orchid Show on February 26th, 2016 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment

Orchidelirium” has struck at NYBG! Today is Member Preview Day for the 14th annual Orchid Show, which opens tomorrow to the public.

The Orchid Show Orchidelirium Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

Morning Eye Candy: Slippers in the Wilderness

Posted in Photography, The Orchid Show on February 24th, 2016 by Lansing Moore – 1 Comment

Enjoy this sneak peek at The Orchid Show: Orchidelirium, opening this weekend to the public. This year’s exhibition transports visitors across the world to where these remarkable flowers are native.

Slipper orchids the Orchid Show Orchidelirium

In the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

The Orchid Show: Orchidelirium

Posted in Exhibitions on February 16th, 2016 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

February at the Garden is a time of lush, delirious color—all thanks to The Orchid Show. And this year’s exhibition promises a journey of more than just beautiful flowers. Join us during Orchidelirium as we explore the long history of this treasured flower, and the 19th-century craze that sparked its popularity the world over.

Check out the teaser below, and stay tuned as we near the opening of this New York tradition, February 27–April 17, 2016.

Hop Aboard the Evergreen Express!

Posted in Holiday Train Show, Programs and Events on January 13th, 2016 by Lansing Moore – Be the first to comment

Evegreen Express Holiday Train showThis season’s Holiday Train Show® is on view through January 18, but Evergreen Express continues to provide seasonal family fun in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden through January 24. Kids pass through station stops during their visit, each featuring a unique and educational activity designed to explore the world of evergreens.

In the cozy Discovery Center Depot, children make their own herbarium pressings of a conifer specimen and craft a miniature scented sachet to take home. The Adventure Garden is full of trails that guide children through the trees and shrubs of winter.

There is an outdoor puppet theater available for children, and on weekends and school holidays, kids can create a train puppet inspired by master puppeteer Ralph Lee and join a musical marching parade.

Evergreen Express takes place Tuesdays through Sundays in the Adventure Garden, from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and Sundays, and from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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All Aboard with Thomas & Friends™ mini-performances continue through January 24 as well, so plan a family excursion to NYBG in the next couple of weeks for winter fun!