A Rainy Day Walk Around Kew →
Ann Rafalko is Director of Online Content. Hello everybody, Ann here. I’m back from my summer vacation, jet-lagged but so happy to be home for this beautiful New York City weather! My …
Bronx Landmarks Facing Steep Budget Cuts →
The mayor’s proposed budget calls for an approximately 50 percent cut in funding for cultural institutions, which includes borough staples likethe Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden.
Photo and Garden Arts Monthly Contest →
Our friends over at the Hudson Valley Seed Library are having a monthly photography/arts contest in an effort to illustrate their 2012 seed catalog! Winners receive seeds! And while you’re in the contest-entering mood, be sure to join our monthly IGPOTY contest, too.
Rose Garden Pinhole Triptych →
Another beautiful pinhole photograph of the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden from NYBG Member and horticulturist Joel Kroin. Click to enlarge image (Photos by Joel Kroin) We’re so…
Morning Eye Candy: Look Up! →
What do you spy with that little eye?
Morning Eye Candy: Shades Of Autumn During Early... →
Loropetalum Fuchsia Chinese Fringe Tree maintains its maroon colored foliage from spring to fall. Loropetalum chinense f. rubrum ‘Zhuzhou Fuchsia’ (photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen)
A Worthy Event: Dining Out for School Gardens →
Satisfy your appetite while helping support an appetite for learning. Between June 24 – 30, prominent NYC restaurants are generously donating a percentage of menu items to Grow to Learn. GrowNYC is the proud co-founder of Grow to Learn NYC: Citywide School Gardens Initiative, a public-private partnership with the Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC
Morning Eye Candy: Misty Morning. →
Many early birds are waking up to find this lovely curtain of mist cause by the rain this week. The mist forms at night, when the air is cold, before evaporating with the morning sun. Almost gives…
Morning Eye Candy: Stargazing. →
A sunny afternoon is a perfectly good time to go stargazing. Nicotania alata ‘Grand Ol’ White’ (photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen)
The skills of citizenship are like any other skills; they are not innate. They...– From the ‘Fixes’ blog on nytimes.com, a look at KaBOOM!, an organization that helps build playgrounds in low-income neighborhoods, and how the simple act of building a playground or a community garden can act as a civics lesson and build community pride.
Morning Eye Candy: Dry & Cozy. →
Here is Darwin, one of the resident-rabbits at the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden, staying dry from the scattered showers this week. Many commuters were not as lucky. (photo by Ivo…
Rat Workshops Offered in Community Gardens →
Last night’s workshop, held at All People’s Garden, was the first of a series of Rat Workshops that will be offered by the heath department in Bronx and Manhattan Land Trusts’ gardens (Check out a…
Green Curtain Sales Surge as Tokyo Faces Power... →
After the monster March earthquake that left Japan rattled, and one of the country’s nuclear reactors severely damaged, residents of Tokyo are facing a hot, steamy summer with limited air conditioning. Residents and businesses are preparing in a number of ways, including loosening dress codes, encouraging employees to go on vacation in August, losing weight, and creating green curtains to...
Morning Eye Candy: Walkies! →
Just where does this walking onion think it’s going? Allium x proliferum (photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen)
Hypoallergenic flowers nothing to sneeze at →
Wow. What do you think about genetically modifying plants to be less allergenic?
The first thing you notice is the heat: the air is humid and a little heavy,...– Abu Dhabi’s The National visit Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra - “The Alhambra Goes on Tour”
Editor’s Note: Plant Talk Heads Outside the Garden →
The Sun Sets on the Palm House at Kew by Jeff Eden - Winner of the IGPOTY special commendation for Best Image of Kew Happy Monday everyone! Ann Rafalko here, editor of Plant Talk and…
Forgotten Railroad’s Land Makes a Great Back Porch →
We are just loving the slightly random Holiday Train Show mention in this really neat article in the New York Times about a forgotten stretch of railroad land in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.
Strategies for Dealing With Wind in a High Rise... →
If you’re lucky enough to live in the city and have an apartment with a balcony, you might think you’re all set to have a breezy, easy little patio garden plot. But with high rise urban living comes unique challenges. This post from Life on the Balcony, a blog devoted entirely to patio plantings, has some great tips on how to deal with one of the more unforeseen challenges of balcony...
Morning Eye Candy: Misty Morning →
In the Azalea Garden Wamsler Rock Daffodil Hill Photos by Ivo M. Vermeulen
A Worthy Event: Bronx River Alliance Upstream...
This one’s not for many months, but, since the tickets are a little bit pricey, we figured we would give you some time to start saving up for this great benefit event being held here at the Garden for our friends at the Bronx River Alliance.
Free New York Botanical Garden Desktop Art -...
More free wallpaper from the collection of the New York Botanical Garden’s Virtual Herbarium. Today’s wallpaper is Bursera linanoe. Previously featured: Hibiscus dasycalyx Sideroxylon americanum Salix boothii Nama aretioides
Hooray! We hit 1,000 followers! Thanks! And to our new followers, welcome! The Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden on Flickr
A jolly green giant →
Wonderful profile of Dr. Tan Kiat Wee, the man working to turn parts of Singapore into a botanical “ark.” In building Singapore’s enormous Gardens by the Bay project, Dr. Tan has traveled Singapore, and the world, rescuing trees and gardens from the path of the bulldozer, ” wherever there were developments we would go in and you will see the big trees that we were able to...
Only 23 more followers until we hit 1,000! Who will be the big one-oh-oh-oh?
How flowers found their way to Ireland from the... →
Have you ever seen a plant with henryi as the species and wondered who Henry was? Well, now you can find out. Click through to this story about the fascinating Irish plant hunter, Augustine Henry, who traveled to China and discovered more than 1,700 species of plants.
From pleasure gardens to neutral grounds, author... →
A look at the fascinating-sounding, Public Spaces, Private Gardens: A History of Designed Landscapes in New Orleans, by Lake Douglas. This new book. published by the LSU Press, chronicles the history of race, politics, society, and class that helped shaped New Orleans’ gorgeous public and private gardens.
Evolution of a Garden →
The Wall Street Journal takes a look at our evolution! It’s a pretty neat piece chronicling the Garden’s move away from doing pure flower shows, towards more comprehensive and pedagogical shows like Darwin’s Garden: An Evolutionary Adventure, Emily Dickinson’s Garden: The Poetry of Flowers, and Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra.
My frustration with the daylilly →
We like this post from the Obsessive Neurotic Gardener about his obsessive, neurotic relationship with daylillies. What plants do you have a love/hate relationship with?
Summer Reading: Gardening Books →
Friend of the Garden, Dominique Browning, gives us a good list in The New York Times of gardening books to pore over. What is on your summer reading list?
Botanical Garden Panoramas From Around the World
We just stumbled across this site dedicated to photographic panoramas. There are hundreds of panoramas of botanical gardens from nearly every continent! What a wonderful way to travel virtually around the botanical world.
Freshly planted flowers stolen from Franklin... →
Another day, another theft, this time from a school garden in Montana, where a thief plundered a newly planted perennial garden of donated plants. The school’s vegetable garden went unharmed in the theft, but as Hock put it - “Who would want to take vegetables?” The answer, he said - “No one.” Sadly, this statement is untrue.
Most people today, however, don’t regard gardening as an overtly political...– Andrea Wulf, author of Founding Gardeners, on the near simultaneous birth of the United States, and of the environmental movement, in the Los Angeles Times.
Which Gardening Blogs Are On Your Must-Read List? →
We’re obviously bummed that we didn’t make this list, but regardless, it’s full of must-reads and some new discoveries.
Moral is, know what you need, and plant no more than that.– Words of gardening wisdom from Mrs. Homegrown at Root Simple.
Thriller, spiller, filler: The key to gardening... →
Sage words from the world of competitive container gardening.