Posts Tagged ‘Conservatory’
New 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.
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Bolivian Sunset (Seemannia sylvatica) in the Haupt Conservatory – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen
Simple, vibrant beauty for an important day.
Ferns in the Haupt Conservatory – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen
Try and explain to this bougainvillea that it’s winter, and pink isn’t en vogue.
Bougainvillea in the Haupt Conservatory – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen
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.
In the Palm Dome of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen
The historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory is well known for extraordinary seasonal exhibitions. The Holiday Train Show delights winter-weary visitors with festive lights, New York landmarks artfully crafted from natural materials, and myriad model trains chugging through a whimsical tropical landscape. The Orchid Show electrifies the senses, offering a veritable jungle of astonishing colors, forms, and perfumes. The annual spring-autumn exhibition showcases kaleidoscopic plantings and has recently paid homage to Monet’s garden at Giverny and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller garden in Seal Harbor, Maine. Beginning May 16th, 2015, the vibrant Mexican garden of artist Frida Kahlo will find an ephemeral home right here in the exhibition houses.
All of these shows certainly warrant a visit, but I strongly encourage visitors to delve into the permanent glasshouse plant collections as well. This incredibly diverse assemblage, comprised of over 20,000 plants from around the globe, is the soul of the Conservatory. Since the grand building’s completion in 1902, many of these specimens have been collected by some of the most distinguished botanists and horticulturists of the era—from our founder Nathaniel Lord Britton to Sir Ghillean Prance.
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With its whitewash gone, the Conservatory dome’s palm trees are free to peak out at the sunny winter landscape of December.
The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen
In the Holiday Train Show, through January 19 – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen
It may be known as the “red-coned cycad,” but this Conservatory star is occasionally fond of orange, too.
Red-coned cycad (Encephalartos ferox) in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen