Should we be battening down the hatches and sounding DEFCON 3 over this warmer-than-seems-sane spring? Not quite. So says Robert Naczi, curator of North American Botany here at the NYBG.
Rather than catastrophic evidence of radical climate change, Naczi says that this seemingly drastic shift to warmer weather is well within the range of experience for plants native to our area. Is there a warming trend? Yes, but this year’s bizarro weather is likely less attributed to overall climate change than it is a climate pattern known as the North Atlantic Oscillation.
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Wayt Thomas, Elizabeth G. Britton Curator of Botany at The New York Botanical Garden sits down with the Anne Fontaine Foundation to talk about his great passion, the coastal tropical forests of Brazil.
“Even if you’re not a huge botany nerd, it’s pretty spectacular. You can even see it downtown style: every Saturday from 6 to 9.30 they have “Orchid Evenings,” with signature cocktails and mood lighting (BYO romance). Hurry on uptown to see it; nature like this only comes but once a year.”—The Byrne Notice came to the Orchid Show, and they really, really liked it! But you’ve got to hurry if you want to see it for yourself. The show closes on Sunday! But don’t worry, we’re doubling down on Orchid Evenings, so you have two chances to catch the spectacle, cocktail in hand, tonight and tomorrow night!
I know, it’s a bit of a cliche song, but I’m stuck inside today (for all good reasons … it’s app submission day!). I hear it’s simply marvelous out in the Garden: warm sun, gentle breezes, lilacs, tulips, cherry blossoms, giggling children, chirping birds!
It’s all very idyllic and happy, and for some reason this is the song that I keep hearing in my head as I sit in our conference room. What is the song that makes you giddy with happiness on a beautiful spring day like today? ~AR
Dianne Crary got her start in gardening not through a potted plant from the hardware store, or an elementary school seed-soaking experiment, but from something a little more challenging: a neglected yard and a few meandering honey bees.
"The house that my parents purchased in the ’50s had a garden with great bones, but neither one was interested in gardening," Dianne writes. "The beds were neglected and every now and then when the weeds were towering over everything, I would get inspired to pull them out …
"Decades later, beekeeping became a hobby and one rainy spring season the honey crop had a minty taste which came from the nectar of the basswood tree … This then made me notice what other plants the bees were visiting in order to incorporate bee friendly plants in the garden.”