October 18, 2014
botaniverse:

Toxic, psychoactive Jimsonweed grows in Downtown NYC

"Beyond the innocuously descriptive "moonflower" (the tubular flowers open by night) and "thorn apple," various sources identify it as "devil’s apple," "devil’s snare," "devil’s weed," "devil’s trumpet" (and "angel’s trumpet"), "mad apple," and "locoweed," among many others."
See? A bit of plant knowledge makes the world a more interesting place. After all, you never know what might be growing right next to you. ~LM

botaniverse:

Toxic, psychoactive Jimsonweed grows in Downtown NYC

"Beyond the innocuously descriptive "moonflower" (the tubular flowers open by night) and "thorn apple," various sources identify it as "devil’s apple," "devil’s snare," "devil’s weed," "devil’s trumpet" (and "angel’s trumpet"), "mad apple," and "locoweed," among many others."

See? A bit of plant knowledge makes the world a more interesting place. After all, you never know what might be growing right next to you. ~LM

October 7, 2014

ellerykr:

Orchid wall 🌸

Orchid specimens sometimes need special treatment in greenhouses—in fact, many of the epiphytic varieties get their own unique little homes. You’ll find lattices just like this in our Nolen Greenhouses for Living Collections, where some of the world’s rarest/smallest/weirdest orchid species grow happily on vertical substrates. —MN

June 29, 2014

"Every year, we try and improve our cultivars. When I started, we would have four or five days of really good courts. We’re now getting to maybe day 10 or 11, so we’re almost grabbing an extra week. Ultimately we would like to get through the whole fortnight that way, but whether that’s possible I don’t know. You find that the grass technology improves but the players are getting bigger and stronger so it kind of balances.

While the World Cup is all anybody is talking about, another beloved athletic championship is also underway: Wimbledon. The Telegraph has an interesting interview with the head groundsman, Neil Stubley, who occupies just one of the many fascinating but lesser-known horticultural professions. Any professional sport that requires turf has a similar specialist. A life in the world of plants can take you some unexpected places. ~LM
(via Wimbledon 2013: how to serve up a perfect grass court - Telegraph)

"Every year, we try and improve our cultivars. When I started, we would have four or five days of really good courts. We’re now getting to maybe day 10 or 11, so we’re almost grabbing an extra week. Ultimately we would like to get through the whole fortnight that way, but whether that’s possible I don’t know. You find that the grass technology improves but the players are getting bigger and stronger so it kind of balances.

While the World Cup is all anybody is talking about, another beloved athletic championship is also underway: Wimbledon. The Telegraph has an interesting interview with the head groundsman, Neil Stubley, who occupies just one of the many fascinating but lesser-known horticultural professions. Any professional sport that requires turf has a similar specialist. A life in the world of plants can take you some unexpected places. ~LM

(via Wimbledon 2013: how to serve up a perfect grass court - Telegraph)

April 25, 2014

Happy Arbor Day! In the spirit of tree protection, here are some photos of the trees in our historic Tulip Tree Allée, a New York City landmark, which had lightning protection and branch cables installed just a few weeks ago. These trees are all more than a century old and some are as tall as 117 feet! This recent work will help ensure their continued longevity. ~LM

November 11, 2013

I found this little book at a used book/gift store while visiting family upstate a few weekends ago. It was one in a series of guidebooks focused on plants and birds sitting in a bin, and the only one written by an NYBG staffer, T.H. Everett.

Everett was a world renowned horticulturist, writer, and educator. His influence within this realm is magnified by the number of his students and colleagues who went on to have influential careers in their own right. At NYBG, the beautiful Rock Garden, which was designed and implemented under Everett’s watchful eye, is named in his honor. Everett is also associated with two of the New York-area’s other great gardens, the beautifully renovated Wave Hill, which he helped lobby to save, and the currently under renovation Untermeyer Gardens, where he held his first horticulture position in the United States.

These pages are just a fraction of the 50 or so in this slim book, perfectly sized for carrying in one’s pocket. What fascinates me is how many of these plants were already in danger of disappearing in 1945 (yes I did the math to convert MCMXLV to Arabic numerals. Thank you liberal arts degree!). While you can find many of them in our newly reopened Native Plant Garden, I am afraid some of them are exceedingly rare at this time, a state of affairs that would probably just have spurred Everett to further action! ~AR

October 25, 2013
An orchid sold for $100,000 in 1978. Now you can buy one for around $5 at your local hardware store. How did the orchid, once so rare, become oh so common? Taiwan’s orchid growers decide to start emulating the tech industry. No, really. ~AR
(via How the Precious Orchid Got So Cheap - WSJ.com)

An orchid sold for $100,000 in 1978. Now you can buy one for around $5 at your local hardware store. How did the orchid, once so rare, become oh so common? Taiwan’s orchid growers decide to start emulating the tech industry. No, really. ~AR

(via How the Precious Orchid Got So Cheap - WSJ.com)

August 4, 2013
rhamphotheca:

Where Can I get Native Plants For My Garden?
Native plants in the garden are important for helping to support our native pollinators, but its difficult to find native plants at local nurseries. Until nurseries change their ways, the onus is on gardeners. Fortunately, there is a great resource. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center offers a database where you can find native-plant vendors by location, and a database of native plant organizations, which often have annual sales, searchable by location.
(read more: Audubon Magazine)
photo: a bumble bee and a black swallowtail butterfly share nectar on a purple coneflower

Great piece, and super important. Doug Tallamy is a friend of the Garden and an expert on the importance of native plants—from both botanical and zoological perspectives. While the exotic imports and hyper-colorful cultivars that line the shelves of your local nursery are attractive to look at, they often do little for pollinator populations which have adapted specifically to local flora.
Changing the public’s opinion on “weedy” native plants is a top priority for conscientious horticulturists, Tallamy among them. Likewise, making these plants more accessible is of utmost importance. For the home gardener, the National Suppliers Directory provided in the article is a great start. —MN

rhamphotheca:

Where Can I get Native Plants For My Garden?

Native plants in the garden are important for helping to support our native pollinators, but its difficult to find native plants at local nurseries. Until nurseries change their ways, the onus is on gardeners. Fortunately, there is a great resource. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center offers a database where you can find native-plant vendors by location, and a database of native plant organizations, which often have annual sales, searchable by location.

(read more: Audubon Magazine)

photo: a bumble bee and a black swallowtail butterfly share nectar on a purple coneflower

Great piece, and super important. Doug Tallamy is a friend of the Garden and an expert on the importance of native plants—from both botanical and zoological perspectives. While the exotic imports and hyper-colorful cultivars that line the shelves of your local nursery are attractive to look at, they often do little for pollinator populations which have adapted specifically to local flora.

Changing the public’s opinion on “weedy” native plants is a top priority for conscientious horticulturists, Tallamy among them. Likewise, making these plants more accessible is of utmost importance. For the home gardener, the National Suppliers Directory provided in the article is a great start. —MN

July 31, 2013
It’s not every year that we get to do this, but come fall, we’ll once again unveil one of our most labor-intensive exhibitions. Shear-wielding superstar Kodai Nakazawa is in the early stages of preparing his masterworks inside our Nolen Greenhouses for Living Collections (they need time to grow into brilliance). Any guesses as to what’s happening?

It’s not every year that we get to do this, but come fall, we’ll once again unveil one of our most labor-intensive exhibitions. Shear-wielding superstar Kodai Nakazawa is in the early stages of preparing his masterworks inside our Nolen Greenhouses for Living Collections (they need time to grow into brilliance). Any guesses as to what’s happening?

June 6, 2013

dirtybearprince said: Would you encourage someone with a career goal of working extensively with plants to pursue a major in horticultural science or botany? Is experience or formal education more important for opening up doors in the field? Is it justifiable? Some people seem to think it is a waste of time and money and there are no jobs in the field. When I bring up going to school for something other than healthcare or computer science, the blank stare I receive from people is kind of discouraging.

“Discouraging” is hitting the nail on the head. Being an English major, the responses I’d get when announcing my chosen track usually ran the gamut from sympathetic pats on the back to outright laughter. It was always a shot to the gut—being told to follow passion one minute and pragmatism the next. But empathy doesn’t answer your question, so I passed it along to a couple of our NYBG experts to see if they could offer any advice.

Naturally, these are their own opinions as individuals, separate from that of the NYBG itself. It’s likely some of our other botanists and horticulturists would have very different opinions based on their own experiences, as will others on Tumblr, and there’s plenty of debate to be had there (which is likely for naught—personal experience is just that: personal). But I hope you can glean something from these answers. —MN

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August 18, 2012

Some of Edward Steichen’s delphinium varieties were featured early on in Monet’s Garden. Such a beautiful confluence of two incredibly talented artists. ~AR

suzydickie:

Photographer and delphinium breeder, Edward Steichen.

Yes, in addition to his groundbreaking career as a visual artist and museum professional, Steichen was also a renowned horticulturist. While he lived in France, the French Horticultural Society awarded him its gold medal in 1913, and he served as president of the American Delphinium Society from 1935 to 1939. In the early 1930s, after leaving his position as chief of photography for the Condé Nast publications—including Vogue and Vanity Fair—and more than 10 years before beginning his career as Director of the Department of Photography at MoMA, he retired to his Connecticut farm to raise flowers…read more.

via MoMA

(Source: suzycube)

June 29, 2012
plantingart:

Gorgeous Hydrangeas, New York Botanical Garden, the Bronx, NY #nybg (Taken with Instagram)

The latest headliners in the outdoor collections have to be the hydrangeas. Their cool colors stand out in the heat of the day, but really pop under overcast skies. Loving this horticulturist’s feed of gardens and architecture, both local and abroad. —MN

plantingart:

Gorgeous Hydrangeas, New York Botanical Garden, the Bronx, NY #nybg (Taken with Instagram)

The latest headliners in the outdoor collections have to be the hydrangeas. Their cool colors stand out in the heat of the day, but really pop under overcast skies. Loving this horticulturist’s feed of gardens and architecture, both local and abroad. —MN

May 21, 2012
Hip Hops

The Bronx Brewery partners with The New York Botanical Garden and Bronx community to form The Urban Hop Project

Raise a (virtual) glass with us in welcoming this sudsy delicious collaboration! ~AR

May 7, 2012

It takes preparation to create a masterpiece! Here, Marc Hachadourian takes you through the behind-the-scenes work taking place in our Nolen Greenhouses for Living Collections. Each poppy and delphinium being cared for by our horticulturists will soon make its way to our Monet’s Garden exhibition, opening May 19.

May 5, 2012
In Praise of the Misunderstood Quince
"Cutting into the obdurate flesh practically takes a katana," writes Michael Tortorello, regarding a once-renowned fruit that has since slid down the slippery slope of history’s forgetfulness. Few Americans have even seen a quince, much less tasted the fruit. And with perhaps good reason: it’s not easy to eat.
But despite its curmudgeonly reputation, there are those trying to restore the classic pome to its former relevance, even right here in New York. —MN

In Praise of the Misunderstood Quince

"Cutting into the obdurate flesh practically takes a katana," writes Michael Tortorello, regarding a once-renowned fruit that has since slid down the slippery slope of history’s forgetfulness. Few Americans have even seen a quince, much less tasted the fruit. And with perhaps good reason: it’s not easy to eat.

But despite its curmudgeonly reputation, there are those trying to restore the classic pome to its former relevance, even right here in New York. —MN

April 15, 2012
Meet our Horticulture Crew Member: Dianne Crary

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.”

Read on to see how Dianne found herself learning the ropes with the NYBG’s School of Professional Horticulture, coming to understand “the right plant in the right place.” And don’t forget: we have beekeeping classes of our own coming up shortly! —MN

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