October 11, 2013

What’s beautiful now? Trees! It’s fall and the leaves are turning. As you can see, some trees are getting a jump start on the competition. How to keep track of what’s going on in the Bronx without making a weekly pilgrimage (not that we’d stop you of course, remember, Members get in free)? With our new Fall Foliage Tracker of course!

We employ some of the most knowledgeable tree specialists in New York City, and they’re out and about across our 250-acres on a daily basis. And at the end of their day, they report back to us what they’ve seen in terms of fall color. And then we update the tracker. It’s not an exact science, sure, but you show us a scientist that has invented the perfect foliage metering device, and we’ll keep you in NYBG-branded baseball caps for a year!

If you’re wondering about visiting foliage hotspots within the Garden, you should plan to visit the 50-acre Thain Family Forest (the largest remaining tract of old growth forest in New York City), the Native Plant Garden, the Azalea Garden (it’s not just azaleas!), and the Rock Garden.

If it’s flowers you’re hankering for, the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden is nothing to sniff at (groan) at this time of year, the Perennial Garden and Seasonal Walk are full of wonderful blooms, and inside the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory we’ll knock your socks off with a seasonal display of Japanese chrysanthemums in Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden.

For day-to-day updates on what we’re seeing around grounds, be sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter where we post daily updates from our staff and visitors. Need help getting around? Our iPhone app can help out there. It’s free and available in the App Store.

Photos by NYBG photographer Ivo M. Vermeulen.

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