Featured this month on the Bronx and Manhattan Land Trusts’ website is The Palmas Del Caribe Community Garden, located right here in the Bronx! It serves as a meeting place for many of the neighborhood residents and hopes to start a music program to teach the youth how to play the guitar. Are you interested in getting involved in a garden in your community? Find out more information here. -JH
Plants and people have a lot of chemistry. The ninth-graders enrolled in GEAR UP at the Bronx Institute would agree! They spent their summer examining the scientific and cultural connections between plants and the community by researching edible plants they took from The New York Botanical Garden's very own Greenmarket. Watch their testimonials here. -JH
Sequoias and maples and evergreens, oh my! Rich Pomerantz captures the beauty of the Thain Family Forest in his latest post. Did you know that The Forest is the largest remaining tract of old-growth forest in New York City? -JH
Are you looking for a fun weekend project to beautify your garden? Fern Richardson, Life on the Balcony blogger, reviews Malin Nilsson and Camilla Arvidsson’s new book Concrete Garden Projects in her most recent post. It’s filled with inspiration for creating your own flower pots, stepping stones, and even bird baths! -JH
Villafane will be at the Garden Saturday and Sunday, October 21-22 crafting a seriously scary sculpture of zombies hatching out of a pumpkin-egg. The sculpture will feature zombies made from the Bordsen’s pumpkin and the world-record holding gourd, grown by Kelsey and Jim Bryson of Ormstown, Quebec will become the world’s creepiest egg! Come be part of the spooky fun!
Ed. note: Thanks to Marielle Anzelone for this submission of a work she has undertaken on behalf of the New York Times’ City Room blog. Marielle is tracking the onset of autumn in a patch of forest in Manhattan’s northernmost tip.
This 13-part series for the New York Times' City Room tracks the progress of autumn in an urban woodland. I've conceived it as a way to create a narrative of a phenomenon we frequently overlook in our daily lives and to help cultivate an intimacy with native places in New York City. I invite you to share your own stories of connection.
We are just loving these shots that photographer Ashley Kelemen took on a visit to the Garden this past summer. We’re honored to be second in your heart after Kew. After all, it was Kew that inspired Nathaniel Lord Britton and his wife Elizabeth to petition the great men of New York to build NYBG in the first place!
It’s Wednesday and we know you’ve got that weekend itch! Why not spend Saturday afternoon at our Haunted Pumpkin Garden? Check out @TheAwesomeMom's weekend adventure in her new post. Plus, this weekend only, master-carver and two-time Food Network Challenge winner Ray Villafane will be transforming pumpkins into monsters!