NYBG Joins Martha Stewart on SiriusXM Radio Tomorrow!
Do you have a burning gardening question? Beginning Tuesday, June 5, you’ll be able to call in to Martha Stewart Living Radio on SiriusXM channel 110 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. to have it answered by a rotating cast of the Garden’s experts on our new show, Garden Views! Follow us or follow @martharadio on Twitter for reminders on when to call in! The toll free number is 866-675-6675. ~AR
Agh! So close and yet so far. A new system called ParkScore is making its mark on American greenspaces thanks to the people at the Trust for Public Land. The system uses a complicated array of scores based on the number of parks, individual park size, ease of access and a slew of other count-ups to assemble rankings for 40 of the United States’ most well-known cities.
It’s all very algorithmic and outside my experience. But, needless to say, it paints an interesting picture of the state of parks in the U.S.
Of course New York City would be at the top of the list. Or…should be. But we’re not. Third place, actually. Ahead of us on the list are Sacramento for silver medal and San Francisco for gold. Something tells me this won’t reignite the East Coast/West Coast war for dominance we saw in the rap scene during the ’90s, but you can never be too sure of anything.
While the NYBG may not be a park, we’re always pulling for more greenspace in the concrete jungle. Check out this post from a few days ago for a new tool to figure out fun park activities in NYC. —MN
“Par les soirs bleus d’été, j’irai dans les sentiers,
Picoté par les blés, fouler l’herbe menue:
Rêveur, j’en sentirai la fraîcheur à mes pieds.
Je laisserai le vent baigner ma tête nue.”—From Sensation by Arthur Rimbaud. Part of the 'Monet to Mallarmé' Poetry Walk during Monet’s Garden.
The Garden is not on this map (which I think is really cool), because as a botanical garden, we are not a park. But that shouldn’t keep you from checking-in at the Garden or at any of our gardens and exhibitions. ~AR
Discover beautiful photos and paintings, learn more about the connections between Monet’s art and his gardens, and if you’re feeling inspired, use the app’s “Impressionist Lens” feature to capture your own art.
This is awesome! I have always wondered whether woodpeckers get headaches or brain damage from all their insistent pecking. Turns out, they don’t, and it also turns out that some of my own half-baked reasoning (usually dreamed up while trying to get back to sleep after being awoken by one banging away on the bedroom’s external walls) including bone density and anatomical buttressing, are in fact true.
What does this have to do with the Garden? Well, we have a lot of woodpeckers, including a very rare Pilleated Woodpecker which was spotted recently in the Garden for the first time in 73 years. Want a chance to see him (or her?), come along for one of our free Saturday morning Bird Walks! Bring your binoculars! ~AR
It’s been awhile since we opened the question line, so I figured when better than ahead of a three-day weekend when you might visit the Garden, spend time in your own garden, or just indulge in a little time outdoors. So you ask away, and we’ll do our best to get you a good answer from our staff! What are your burning Garden/gardening/plant questions?
Plant reproduction is fascinating. No, really! It is! In all of its forms, from beautiful flowers that become delicious fruits, to fungi that smell like roadkill, stationary plants have come up with a myriad of ways to ensure their genetic survival into the next generation. Now, a new study has found that this process isn’t just fascinating, it’s also precise and a ” model of logistical efficiency.” To think that some people find science boring? ~AR
The most frequent comment I have heard between the staff preview, the press preview, and the Member preview of Monet’s Garden is that walking into first gallery of the exhibition is “like walking into Oz.” You think you know what color is, and then you walk through those doors, and it’s like all your senses have been fooling you your whole life. It feels like you can breathe in color. It is intoxicating. ~AR