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
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
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
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
So, it turns out the polar vortex pretty much ceases to exist once you step into our Conservatory. That might be due to the fact that Key West is crashing there for a bit, though, and I don’t wanna brag, but, well, yes I do. With thousands of orchids splashing the place with tropical color, it’s like the southernmost point packed up its warmth, hoofed it north, and set up shop in NYC for a spell.
The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary opens Saturday, March 1, running straight on through April 21. If you’re in the New York metro area, why miss out on an escape from this downright sadistic winter? And if you snag tickets to one of our Orchid Evenings (first one’s March 8!), you get the benefit of strolling through a confetti of orchids and a complimentary drink under our twinkly glasshouse lights. Though I suppose it would also be a complementary drink, since we all know Thing + Cocktail = Better Thing. —MN
It totally snowed yesterday! I know, I bet you had no idea, judging by the ice and slush and deceptively bottomless puddles of slurry you had to trudge through if you were anywhere north of….Aruba.
But there’s beauty in winter, too. There probably won’t be many more of these gallery posts to assemble (if the weather would just lighten up already), so enjoy the pristine frostiness of it while you can! —MN
FEATURED ARTIST: Max Marshall, Daisies, New York Botanical Garden, 2013. Courtesy the artist.
This photograph is from the artist’s series called “The Poetic Species.” There are a few other shots in it that look like they were taken at NYBG, but maybe they were taken at a bodega, or a zoo. And that’s Marshall’s point, that’s why he cropped these images so tightly. Look around, there’s nature everywhere! ~AR
A rose for you on the last day of January, which also happens to be my last day at NYBG.* It’s been a blast getting to know you, and I thank you for all your amazing comments, photos, blog posts, notes, and contributions.
When I started the NYBG Tumblr, I never dreamed it would someday be followed by nearly 200,000 people around the world! It is heartening to know that so many people love plants and understand their importance to us. Thank you, thank you, thank you! And please keep contributing! I am leaving you in the very capable hands of Matt (MN) and another contributor, soon to be named. I’ll see you around the Internet! All the best, ~AR (Ann Rafalko)
Tropical Paradise exhibit, in the Enid Haupt Conservatory, NY Botanical Garden, in the Bronx
SHADES OF BROWN
Sure brown is one of the least loved colors but I give it a thumbs up in winter especially in the natural world. Brown refers to many shades including walnut, chestnut and mahogany, then there is the lovely sounding umber and sepia and artists will know Van Dyck brown. All conjure up a mental image of something beautiful. On a recent visit to the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) the browns were out and showing off their stuff
Putting to bed the myth that there’s nothing to see at a botanical garden in winter! ~AR
Botanical Garden. 🍃
If I were to play favorites, I would consider this room of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory to be the best one to hang out in at this time of year. But I’m not allowed to do that, right? ~AR
Guess what’s just around the corner! ~AR
Can I just say, I’ll NEVER get tired of the New York Botanical Garden? It already amazed me during the fall season. Now winter? GORGEOUS!! :D
And we’ll never get tired of seeing your photos! Thanks for tagging us! ~AR
New York Botanical Gardens Holiday Train Show
We’re open today! New Year’s Day is a great time to visit the Holiday Train Show and to get outside and work off any, ahem, excesses, you might be suffering from. ~AR