Posts Tagged ‘Conservatory’

Morning Eye Candy: Strangely Common

Posted in Photography on July 3rd, 2015 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

The passion flowers growing around the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory—both inside and out—are consistently some of the most fascinating blooms to join us in summer. But their frizzy, tentacled forms are surprisingly commonplace in many tropical climates, where they’re often hybridized or cultivated for their flowers and fruit.

Passion flower

Passion flower (Passiflora) in the Haupt Conservatory Courtyard – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

Staghorn Ferns: Not So Alien

Posted in Horticulture on July 1st, 2015 by Christian Primeau – Be the first to comment

Christian Primeau is NYBG‘s Manager of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.


Staghorn fern

Staghorn fern (Platycerium sp.)

My office is situated in a most advantageous location adjacent to the ever-changing exhibition houses, my beloved desert houses, and steps from the breathtaking courtyard pools brimming with flowering lotus and water lilies. Voltaire might say “it is the best of all possible worlds.” Directly outside my door hang several beautiful specimens of Staghorn Fern (Platycerium sp.) As I sit at the computer, I am delighted by the amazed exclamations these plants elicit—so much so I feel compelled to write this post in hopes of answering the many wonderful questions visitors seem to have.

For the most part, patrons agree that the plant appears otherworldly. “It looks like some type of alien!” is a commonly overheard remark. I completely understand the sentiment, but these plants are most certainly of this world—found throughout the tropics and subtropics from the Philippines and Australia to Madagascar, Africa, and South America, to be exact. The way they grow in habitat and the unique way we display them in the Conservatory certainly present an unusual spectacle.
read more »

Morning Eye Candy: Tropical Indulgence

Posted in Photography on June 24th, 2015 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

Our cocoa tree is fruiting for the summer in the Haupt Conservatory. Keep an eye out for it when you stop by to see the Casa Azul installation.

Theobroma cacao

Cocoa tree (Theobroma cacao) in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

Jenny Holzer Projections for FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life

Posted in Programs and Events on June 10th, 2015 by Plant Talk – Be the first to comment

Jenny HolzerPremiering tonight, Wednesday, June 10, an incredible live presentation by internationally renowned artist Jenny Holzer will take place at the Garden—and we hope you’ll join us for the opportunity to experience it! For four consecutive nights during our Frida al Fresco evenings, Jenny Holzer in conjunction with The Poetry Society of America and The New York Botanical Garden will present a program of scrolling light projections on the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

For more than 30 years Jenny Holzer has presented her astringent ideas, arguments, and sorrows in public places and international exhibitions. Her medium is always writing, and the public dimension is integral to the delivery of the work. Reflecting Kahlo’s intense relationship with her culture and the natural world, Holzer’s hour-long presentation will include poems by Mexico’s Nobel Prize winner Octavio Paz, verses from contemporary Mexican female poets, and even a selection of powerful passages from Frida Kahlo’s own diary.
read more »

Morning Eye Candy: Peppermint Stripes

Posted in Photography on February 19th, 2015 by Matt Newman – 1 Comment

Sorry about the misleading title, but I could think of nothing but spring-colored peppermints when I saw these orchids waiting for their moment in the spotlight during The Orchid Show. See them for yourself beginning February 28.

Orchids

Orchids in the Haupt Conservatory – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

Valentine’s Day Date: A Tropical Escape

Posted in Programs and Events on February 4th, 2015 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

Valentine's Day DatesNew York might not seem like a hub of romance right now, what with the iced over sidewalks and sounds of cars spinning their tires in the snow, but trust me when I say that there’s at least one place in the city where the cozy warmth and inviting atmosphere of Valentine’s Day is alive and well. Returning for another year on February 14, our intimate Valentine’s Day Date will once again provide you with an opportunity to treat your nearest and dearest to a night of champagne, delectable aphrodisiacs, and tropical escapism in NYBG’s Haupt Conservatory.

Exclusively for MasterCard holders, this special evening for adults takes place amid the highlights of Wild Medicine in the Tropics, a showcase of the Conservatory’s permanent collection and the unique medicinal plants that are housed there.
read more »

Morning Eye Candy: Cinder Red

Posted in Photography on February 3rd, 2015 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

Seemannia sylvatica

Bolivian Sunset (Seemannia sylvatica) in the Haupt Conservatory – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

Morning Eye Candy: Sunlit

Posted in Photography on January 19th, 2015 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

Simple, vibrant beauty for an important day.

Ferns

Ferns in the Haupt Conservatory – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

Morning Eye Candy: Bougainvillea

Posted in Photography on January 17th, 2015 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

Try and explain to this bougainvillea that it’s winter, and pink isn’t en vogue.

Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea in the Haupt Conservatory – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

Morning Eye Candy: Warm Thoughts

Posted in Photography on January 15th, 2015 by Matt Newman – Be the first to comment

With the Holiday Train Show closing out for another year this coming Monday, January 19 (we’ll be open!), we’re getting ready for mid-winter relief with the opening of Wild Medicine—a highlight of the important plants in the permanent collection of the Haupt Conservatory. More info is on the way, but in the meantime, think tropical thoughts.

Palm Dome

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