August 19, 2014

run-off-the-road:

I assure you, my trip to the NYBG was very educational for me….but this happened on the way. It could not be helped. 

Most of our cacti appear frazzled by the fact that they’re so unhuggable. Poor fellas. …Except that one Chihuahuan snowball. She’s pretty chill about the whole thing. —MN

June 12, 2014
In the words of William Blake, “A robin redbreast on a post…uh…is an ideal Garden host.”
I’m paraphrasing. —MN

In the words of William Blake, “A robin redbreast on a post…uh…is an ideal Garden host.”

I’m paraphrasing. —MN

June 9, 2014

It’s a bit rainy today, and by “a bit” I mean “I canoed to work,” so we’re gonna do a little time traveling back to the sunny days of yore—or rather last Friday. The weather’s been hitting that sweet spot between spring and summer of late; we plan to see more of it going forward!

We’re throwing our Big Backyard BBQ this coming weekend (in the sunshine, I’m sure), June 14 and 15, so check it out if you’re in the area. It’s going to be all about food, craft beer, and music like crazy. —MN

June 2, 2014
ariellekilljoy:

drawing roses for work.
micron pen on watercolor paper

Hint, hint. Our Rose Garden Celebration is this weekend, June 7 and 8 (and I’m pretty sure this art is tied to one of our visiting vendors?). I mean, if you like wearing garden party hats the size of kiddie pools and hanging out in the spring vibrance, snacking on eats from gourmet vendors and listening to some chill jazz, you could certainly do worse. —MN

ariellekilljoy:

drawing roses for work.

micron pen on watercolor paper

Hint, hint. Our Rose Garden Celebration is this weekend, June 7 and 8 (and I’m pretty sure this art is tied to one of our visiting vendors?). I mean, if you like wearing garden party hats the size of kiddie pools and hanging out in the spring vibrance, snacking on eats from gourmet vendors and listening to some chill jazz, you could certainly do worse. —MN

May 30, 2014

coolchicksfromhistory:

Groundbreakers: Great American Gardens and The Women Who Designed Them @ NY Botanical Garden

This Garden-wide exhibition celebrates early 20th-century America’s most influential women in landscape architecture and design as well as garden photography. Experience Mrs. Rockefeller’s Garden in the Haupt Conservatory—an exquisite evocation of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Maine—and through the many exhibition components offered that embrace poetrymusic, and photography, discover the innovative work and significant contributions of these women to American history and culture.

Went this weekend and it is worth checking out.  

Mrs. Rockefeller’s Garden (exhibit above, photos via NYBG) was designed by Beatrix Farrand, a well known landscape architect and the niece of novelist Edith Wharton.

This one runs through September 7, and it’s constantly changing as flowers bloom, fade, and are cycled out. Our horticulturists work incredibly hard—no joke.

The women that we’re highlighting for the length of this exhibition—be they landscape designers, photographers, gardeners, or poets—were each equally skilled and brilliant in their respective fields, and left lasting impressions that can still be seen and felt today. Frankly, it’s our honor to honor them. —MN

May 29, 2014

This year’s Great-horned Owl nest produced one adorable, suspicious little owlet that we couldn’t really talk much about ‘til now (we love birders, but too many at once can make for a stressful situation if you’re a baby feathered thing). Of course, now that the new owl has fledged and made off into the Forest with her mom, I’ve gotta share pictures.

One of our Visitor Services Attendants, Pat Gonzalez, shot these photos and more, and she was kind enough to write up a recap of her last several years following the lives of these nocturnal giants. Check it out! —MN

May 27, 2014

Today calls for an ode to green in all its permutations. Tumbling into the heat of summer and the sunburns that ride its coattails, I like to think of the ferns and trees as a sort of visual balm—something to soothe on even the fiercest afternoons.

I guarantee I’ll get lost in our woods at least once this year. Okay with it. —MN

May 15, 2014

We’re expecting our Azalea Garden to look like a rainbow brought to earth for at least a couple more weeks. The weather’s pretty perfect for it, so if you happen to be stopping by, you miiiiight wanna head over there. —MN

April 19, 2014

themoosehead:

Last year, I photographed men photographing flowers. This year, there were a bunch of kids on a field trip so I took photos celebrating the Garden workers.

Thank you, guys, for making it beautiful.

Our hands-on staff work incredibly hard getting dirty so our visitors can have the best of the clean and pretty. (A challenging task if you’ve ever worked in a garden.) I can’t say they’d hold it against you if you happened to toss them a quiet “thanks” the next time you visit. I certainly need to do it more myself. —MN

April 18, 2014

anniesoga:

The Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden, April 2014

It’s our last weekend of The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary before we move on to new spring and summer exhibitions. We’ll even be open on Monday, April 21 to send it off in proper style. And with the orchids just as flashy now as they were at the start (and the weekend weather promising good things), now’s the time, folks. —MN

April 15, 2014
And the color of April! Oscar de la Renta visited our Library's Rare Books collection to find inspiration for his latest home collection. You can check out the final product here. ~LM

And the color of April! Oscar de la Renta visited our Library's Rare Books collection to find inspiration for his latest home collection. You can check out the final product here. ~LM

(Source: oscarprgirl)

April 4, 2014

What’s Beautiful Now?

Those long-dawdling hints of spring sneaking their way up from the underbrush. The Rock Garden is just beginning what the irises promise will be a flamboyant spring bloom of jewel-like alpine plants, as ‘Katharine Hodgkin’ up there makes so very evident. In the Visitor Center, the first sunny yellow daffodils are waving hello, and the viburnum and crocuses in the Ladies’ Border and elsewhere have joined in.

We’re tapping our foot for future tulips—late April should be a kaleidoscope if our luck (and the weather) holds. —MN

March 26, 2014

cindykrikawa:

The Orchid Show : Key West Contemporary at The New York Botanical Garden, NYC.

Key West still lives in our Conservatory, at least through April 21. —MN

March 19, 2014

Just some photos from March 15’s Orchid Evening event in our Conservatory. As part of The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary, it’s basically an excuse for us to break out a DJ, some mescal cocktails, and the twinkly overhead lights for a night under a canopy of tropical blooms. Like, thousands of them.

We went all out to bring the Florida Keys to New York this year (as a reminder that not all the world is an icy tundra), and if you’d like to join us, there are still a few Orchid Evenings in the works with the next one happening this Saturday, March 22. Register while you still can! We’ll be doing Pomegranate Sparklers as this week’s specialty drink, with more info over here. See you in the glasshouse. —MN

March 14, 2014

What’s Beautiful Now?

Spring. I know it doesn’t quite feel like it, given my phone told me earlier in the week that it “felt like” 1°F outside, but the small, sturdy flowers shouldering their way up out of the ground are the best evidence that we’re almost out of these wintry woods.

Snowdrops (Galanthus) are not only dainty and elegant in their simple presentation, but they’re also some of the first flowers to signal the coming season. All around our Perennial and Azalea Gardens these nodding bell-shaped blooms are popping up in crowds. No doubt the Galanthophiles are buzzing with joy.

Elsewhere you’ll find sunny yellow Adonis, and of course the purples and whites of newly opened crocuses. So the next time you’ve got to cinch your scarf a little tighter against the wind, try and stave off your winter blues with the promise of some much greener things to come. —MN

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