A Gardener’s Guilt →
I pull open the produce bin and there looking up at me is my perfect little eggplant _ forgotten! And … it’s not so perfect anymore. It’s wrinkly. Squishy. Inedible. Oh, this piece by Denver Post blogger Julie Farquhar rings so true! Who hasn’t started off the gardening year promising to eat every last beautiful vegetable that comes out of your garden, only to end the season with pangs...
Tantalizing Tickseeds →
After several spates of sizzling summer weather, many gardeners were left looking for drought tolerant alternatives to lush perennial garden plantings. One perennial that has been a stalwart of my garden has been tickseeds or coreopsis.
Mario Batali’s Edible Garden Recipe of the Day:... →
From August 27 – September 25, families can explore Mario Batali’s Edible Garden in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden and enjoy daily gardening activities and cooking demonstrations…
How to Protect a Garden from Hurricane Damage →
Ed. note: Hurricane Irene looks set to blow through the greater New York-metro area this weekend. It may be hard to focus on your garden and plants at this point in time, but an ounce of…
It won’t matter if those games are played in Fenway Park, at Yankee Stadium, on...– Say hello to another really great Garden non sequiter! This time we find ourselves randomly inserted into an oped about the September doldrums baseball fans on the East Coast are facing down as both the Red Sox and the Yankees seem to have a lock on playoff berths (we know who we’re cheering...
From the Library: Inside the Herbarium
Interior of the main Herbarium room in what was then known as the Museum Building, circa 1908. Source: The New York Botanical Garden’s historical photographs, in the collections of The LuEsther T. Mertz Library.
In the Family Garden →
The summer session of the Children’s Gardening program–where kids aged 5-12 work in pairs to cultivate and tend their own garden plot–is in full swing, and the Ruth Rea Howell Family…
NYBG at Stone Barns: Hydrangea Happenings →
In cooperation with the Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, the Garden is offering a class on hydrangea maintenance at the Stone Barns Center in Pocantico Hills, N.Y. The class has an additional focus on making flower arrangements with these beautiful, showy shrubs.
Science Open House Weekend →
Saturday and Sunday, August 27-28, 2011 This weekend-long event will offer the public a rare insider’s view of The New York Botanical Garden’s Science campus. Garden…
From the Library: Haymaking at the Garden
Unknown dates. Source: The New York Botanical Garden’s historical photographs, in the collections of The LuEsther T. Mertz Library.
Zooming through the trees of Warren County in southwestern Ohio. I zoomed first, clipped in, and then did the filming. Video shows Elysa and Amy completing the first line. There…
Best Urban Farm Projects →
The cutting-edge travel magazine and website, Monocole, travels around the world to look at their favorite projects bringing a taste of the rural-life to urban dwellers.
From Yonkers to Port Chester and Valhalla to Haverstraw, community gardeners are...– Our neighbors to the north in the lower Hudson Valley are doing some serious harvesting and building some serious communities around their gardens.
Morning Eye Candy: Make Believe →
This Adnia rubella flower (commonly known as Chinese buttonbush) looks like it would make a very fine stand-in as a magic wand for your favorite fairy princess. Photo by Ivo…
Flower Power Puts a Hurt on Caterpillars →
Interesting study from the USDA that may link anthocyanins—the plant pigments responsible for the blueness of blueberries, petunias, and grapes—with pest controlling properties. In the study, USDA scientists found that corn earworm caterpillars and cabbage looper caterpillars forced to eat the blue-pigmented parts of petunia flowers suffered a variety of adverse reactions.
Bronx River Clean-Up at NYBG With the Bronx River... →
We have a really great video for you today about the ongoing efforts to keep the Bronx River clean and healthy. The Bronx River–which runs through a dramatic gorge in the Garden–is New…
A University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point professor was part of a team that...– A sunny discovery! We’re thrilled to help bring this flower to the public’s attention!
A number of ancient cultures thought that a solar or lunar eclipse was caused by an enormous celestial snake that devoured the moon or sun. Lovely representation of this is hanging from…
From the Library: Fordham in the Distance
From an early-20th-century photograph, a view of the Garden from atop the Library Building with neighboring Fordham University in the distance. (Source: The New York Botanical Garden’s historical photographs, in the collections of The LuEsther T. Mertz Library.)
Bronx Mama spreads the word about borough's play... →
We love Bronx Mama, Nicole Perrino, and she loves us. Kismet!
Bank of Tokyo at Roberto Clemente Garden →
Friday August 12th was a busy day at the Roberto Clemente Community Garden. With the assistance of 25 volunteers from the Bank of Tokyo we built two picnic tables and four benches. We also…
Green I Love You Green →
To many of those people, the language and style of scientific communication are rarely compelling. What other vocabularies might scientists use to engage the public with the importance of nature and the enterprise of science? “Poetry is prayer and good medicine,” wrote a colleague of mine, Craig Carlson, when I asked for input on a book I was writing about the relationships between trees...
Luke Goes to College →
All packed up and ready to drive my son Luke (shown above) to Ohio Wesleyan University to start college. The banjo, the trumpet, and a few of the bags belong to my oldest son, Case, who…
Celebrating Farmers Market Week at the NYBG... →
It’s National Farmer’s Market Week! What better way to celebrate than with a trip to the Garden’s weekly Greenmarket to chat with some of the great community volunteers, politicians,…
Harvest Time at Roberto Clemente Garden →
Paula Diaz Harvesting Collards Now that late summer has rolled around its harvest time for Roberto Clemente Garden. This year’s harvest will include many fruits and vegetables…
Morning Eye Candy: Pickles! →
NYBG staffers and a group of visitors get into the spirit of this month’s Dig! Plant! Grow! theme in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden, Pickle Me! Want your own pickles? Come visit the…
Aurora Borealis →
Seems like an appropriate Friday for this beautiful time lapse. Another jewel by the Norwegian photographer Terje Sorgjerd (see Thai Markets/Thai Trains) shot in the …
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.– Marcus Tullius Cicero. Many images of the philosopher can be seen in our Digital Gallery. (via nypl)
Free Wallpaper from The New York Botanical...
Today’s free wallpaper from the Herbarium at the New York Botanical Garden is Guaoacum officinale, also known as Lignum Vitea, the “wood of life”. Previously featured: Miconia robustissima Bursera linanoe Hibiscus dasycalyx Sideroxylon americanum Salix boothii Nama aretioides
Morning Eye Candy: King of the Garden →
Some plants have such boastful names. If you’re calling a plant as humble as the bean ‘King of the Garden’ it had best be a great bean! Phaseolus lunatus ‘King of the Garden’ Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen
Cool Ideas for Chilling Out When It's Too Darn Hot... →
The West Hartford Patch has some great ideas for keeping your cool during this long hot summer, including taking classes at the Garden!
Morning Eye Candy: A New Family in the Family... →
This mama duck decided that one of the beds in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden would be a perfect place to start a new family, so she built a nest right in the middle of one!
More Veggies at Carver! →
Gardeners are harvesting lots of vegetables these days, check out the pictures!
Albert’s Garden–Serenity in the City →
We did some work at Albert’s Garden last Thursday–sanding the fence so that in the future it can be primed and painted. We made good headway on the project and hope to schedule another…