The kiku, to use the chrysanthemum’s Japanese name, is the central image in the imperial seal and the symbol of Japan’s monarchy, traditionally referred to as the chrysanthemum throne. “Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden” gives it the royal treatment, with eye-popping sculptural displays and densely planted beds that show off the full range of forms and textures. It runs through Oct. 27. (via Art of the Japanese Chrysanthemum at the Botanical Garden - NYTimes.com)
Who wants to join me for a road (er train) trip to see Ellsworth Kelly Plant Drawings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art? Kelly’s drawings are spare and spartan, and yet full of warmth and dimension. There is something about them that alludes to the story behind them, an idea I had before I read this glowing review of the small exhibition in the New York Times (plants, it seems, are having a major moment in New York City this summer).
As someone who loves taking pictures of my plants as a way to remember not just what I thought was beautiful, but in order to remember what I wasfeelingat that time, I kind of figured there was more to Kelly’s art than mere botanical art. So, who’s up for a quick gallery visit?~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
— The New York Times reports on a new study that challenges the conventional wisdom that poor neighborhoods with high rates of obesity are food deserts. In fact, the study found the exact opposite to be true, and suggests that it is not a lack of access to fresh vegetables and easy access to fast food that is making America obese. Turns out the growing collective girth of Americans is quite complicated. ~AR
The New York Times' Learning Network blog uses a piece about Marc Hachadourian's early introduction to horticulture via avocado seeds. Hachadourian is the Manager of the Garden's Nolen Greenhouses for Living Collections.
Artist Judy Kameon caught the succulent bug with her homage to The New York Times’ “T” magazine, but she definitely one-upped the trend with her rich color gradients and plant mixing. Click through the image for the full gallery. —MN
The New York Times talks to the Garden’s V.P. of Horticulture, Todd Forrest, to get tips on protecting your plants and garden from the heat at the height of summer.
The string of pretty great, pretty random NYBG mentions continues. First there was the reference to the Holiday Train Show's tracks in a New York Times article, then, an investment strategist used Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra as a metaphor for riding out the current turbulence in global equity markets. And now, one of our beautiful little saw-whet owls finds her way to a blog post about the Times' Saturday crossword puzzle.
We almost forgot to post this fascinating article from the New York Times looking at the vegetables of yore. We’re big fans of purslane on the plate (but not in the garden), and have been tempted to try Good King Henry. Do you have a favorite “out of favor” garden plant? What is it? Tell us about it in the comments!
I know we have a lot of weed-lovers as readers, so tell us: What do you think of this story in the New York Times? Do you think it’s appropriate to let a lawn “go wild” (even if it is a very controlled form of wild?) What would you think if your neighbor just stopped mowing their lawn, letting the wild flora move in?
— The New York Times turns a critical eye on our amazing new Azalea Garden, and likes what it sees.
The New York Times has a fantastic Q&A with Piet Oudolf—friend of the Garden and landscape designer du jour—on how to go about designing a four-season garden. It’s easy to get hung-up on the gorgeous photos, but do be sure to read Oudolf’s fantastic tips on how to design for winter interest.