A flood hit parts of New York in February of 1936, leaving spots in and around the Garden partially submerged. I pass over this photograph in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library archive every so often. I can’t get over the otherworldly drift of it—how the road slips off into the mirror of trees and fog. —MN
Day 114 (May 4th)
- Having spent four wonderful years at Rosedale…it was my last day today :(
- Saturdays in general
Photo: One of my favorite spots ever in the Botans, New York Botanical Garden, May 2013
Reblogging this because: 1) The Azalea Garden hit its fluorescent peak a week or two ago, meaning it’s winding down into its lush summer greenery from here (don’t miss the spring display!) 2) We love our nickname. Seriously. Thanks, Fordham students, and best of luck to the class of 2013! We’ll miss you guys over the summer. —MN
Art Deco aficionados may look to Manhattan and South Beach for the last vestiges of the fabled style, but our home of the Bronx is a little-known goldmine for these architectural classics. We’ve touched on this subject before, of course. Scouting NY just took it one step further with a jaunt through the surviving Art Deco buildings along the Grand Concourse. And if it weren’t for the pun police suspecting me of bad taste already, I’d tell you that I’m so jazzed about this. —MN
New York’s Outstanding Urban Gardens | New York Botanical Garden
Have you ever dreamed of paddling down the Bronx River, New York City’s only freshwater river? Then come out this Saturday, May 11th and support the Bronx River Alliance at the new Starlight Park! There will be festival fun, canoe rides and all proceeds go to the on-water programming to over 1,000 children and families this season! The Bronx River Alliance is one of the Garden’s vital partners in caring for this important waterway and the land surrounding it. Please support them in this incredibly fun way if you can! ~AR
NYBG; April 21, 2013
It’s time for tulips to take a stand! What’s beautiful now? Oh boy, are you tired of hearing everything yet? Yeah, I thought so, so let’s be specific. The Perennial Garden has once again become the lunchtime lounging spot for me and my colleagues (that is if there’s a spare bench, you guys always get first dibs!).
While you’re in the Perennial Garden, you will likely be stopped dead in your tracks by an absolutely stunning bush sporting pompoms of nearly neon red flowers. That would be Rhododendron ‘Taurus’ which was described to me yesterday by our Manager of Plant Records Jon Peter as a “totally incredible plant!!!!” (not lying about the number of exclamation points there, that’s how awesome ‘Taurus’ is).
Along Seasonal Walk you’ll see tulips, tulips, and more tulips. While on Daffodil Hill you’ll see daffodils, daffodils, and more daffodils. Cherry Valley is home to, you guessed it, cherries, cherries and more cherries, while the Azalea Garden is featuring … meh, a few azaleas. Let’s just say it’s not her time yet.
If lilacs are your thing, they’re coming soon. If I could liken our lilac collection to a bag of microwave popcorn I would say we’ve probably heard about one or two pops. Not sure when the volley of fireworks will come, but probably next week, but with this cool weather, who can really tell?
And speaking of cool weather, you can still see lots of the beauties I was talking about last week and the week before, but most of the blooms of three-weeks ago have finally given up the ghost (sadface for the magnolias). Ready to plan your journey to the Bronx? Here’s everything you need to know.
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. Also, need help getting around? Our iPhone app can help out there. It’s free and available in the App Store. ~AR
I think, think this is Daffodil Hill looking very different.
The most stunning example (and true staff favorite) is Prunus pendula var. ascendens, one of the biggest and most beautiful cherries on our grounds. It is situated just above Wamsler Rock (the big outcropping you can see from the main Tram Stop near the Visitor Center), at the juncture of the Rock Garden and the soon-to-open Native Plant Garden.
In addition, the monumental sculptures of Manolo Valdés are getting serious backup from a few stunning trees, the tulips are starting to lend bold shots of color to our landscape, and the topiary in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden have put on their summer frocks.
The weather this spring is proving perfect for blossom longevity, so many of the plants that we reported as blooming last week and the week before are still looking gorgeous. 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. Also, need help getting around? Our iPhone app can help out there. It’s free and available in the App Store. ~AR
What’s in bloom now at NYBG? Oh so much! The cherry blossoms are beginning, but for the moment they are eclipsed by the wonderful (and fragrant!) magnolias. Daffodils are popping up all over, Siberian squills are creating drifts in many of our gardens, and the azaleas are starting to provide a girly blush to the hillsides of the Azalea Garden.
The warmth of the last two days made many of our blooms pop, and now these more seasonal, cooler days will allow those blooms to hold on through the weekend. Combine what’s outside on our 150 acres with the spectacular Orchid Show in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, and I really can’t think of a single reason to not come for a visit! ~AR
ps - Here’s what we reported to be in bloom last week. Many of these beauties are lingering, so be sure to keep an eye out for them, too.
If you look very closely, that’s a muskrat swimming across the Bronx River.
‘Okame’ cherry near the Library Building is the first to bloom at NYBG!
This is what our grounds looked like a year ago (minus one day). Let’s just say things are moving a wee bit more slowly this year. But never fear! Blossom time is near!
Mar 27, 1912: The First Japanese Cherry Blossom Trees Are Planted in the U.S.
On this day in 1912, the first two Japanese cherry blossom trees were successfully planted by First Lady Helen Taft and Viscountess Chinda on the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. Japanese Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo gave the U.S. over 3000 trees to demonstrate the growing relationship between the U.S. and Japan.
Every spring, Washington D.C. commemorates the initial planting through the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
As we wait for this year’s blooming period, treat yourself to this delicious spring recipe!
Image: Cherry blossoms in Washington D.C. 2013 (Diana Alvarenga)
NY Botanical Garden’s Orchid Show.
I love this place.
We love you back! Thanks for stopping by! ~AR
American Chestnut trees likes these used to dominate forests in the eastern US. Now they are all but extinct, due to a fungal blight. Carl Zimmer discusses the possibilities for saving them, which are unusual in that they involve changing what the American Chestnut is. The best way to save the Chestnut, conservationists have decided, is through altering its genetic make-up, either through inter-breeding with the Asian Chestnut, or inserting genes through genetic modification.
It’s possible you saw a story last year about how the American Chestnut was being reintroduced at the Garden and wondered what was going on. Now, Carl Zimmer lays it out in the best article I have seen on the topic, well … ever. Thank you Carl for so clearly explaining an unusually complex problem! ~AR