You can consider Marc Hachadourian the mad scientist of the NYBG's many exhibitions. It's rare that an exotic plant destined for the floor of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory doesn't pass by him first, having been carefully grown by his team in the Nolen Greenhouses for Living Collections.
On last week’s Real Dirt podcast with Ken Druse, Marc was welcomed on to answer questions about the tenth anniversary of the Orchid Show, as well as a few queries on the Garden as a whole. It’s an enlightening look into not only the orchid group—a topic Marc is especially well-versed in—but everything we’re doing here to make this year’s exhibition a wild success. —MN
It’s a glorious day in the Garden, the herbaceous “border” is filling in nicely, and the forecast is looking delightful for the weekend. Why not grab your camera and your favorite girl and head up to the Bronx to channel a little Belle and Sebastian amid the blossoms. Just please, not footie on the lawns, and no digging up the plants. Happy weekend everybody! ~AR
“Restored parks and gardens bring environmental benefits like stormwater capture, and cleaner air that is cooler in the hot summer. These benefits ultimately create a healthier and happier city. But green improvements only add economic and social value to communities if they are adequately maintained. We all want a sustainable environment, and sustainable parks are maintainable parks.”—Our friends at New Yorkers for Parks have a beautifully written op-ed in Monday’s Daily News arguing against cuts to the budgets of parks and green spaces across the city. What do you think? Do parks, gardens, and open spaces make the city a better place to live? ~AR
Inspired by the serene scene, I asked Garden photographer Ivo to head out and see if he could capture a similar shot. Trees have moved and grown, and this year’s strange weather has taken its toll on the blooms, but I think Ivo did a pretty good job. What do you think?
“An American garden without Japanese plants would be unrecognizable.”—Adrian Higgins, the gardening columnist for the Washington Post, makes an exhaustive exploration of the Japanese plants as he looks beyond the currently blossoming cherry trees. As NYBG VP for Horticulture, Todd Forest notes in the quote above, our gardens would be far less lovely without azaleas, camellias, wisteria, and lilies.
Taylor Kubota of Science Online has a terrific Q&A with NYBG’s Dean and Vice President for Science, James S. Miller. He even divulges one of the coolest parts of being a botanist: You get to name plants after your family members!