Y’know, we told the dahlias in the Home Gardening Center that perfection is unattainable, but they’re giving it their stubborn all nonetheless. —MN
nybg: The New York Botanical Garden
Thanks goes out to ShopSpring for featuring some of our favorite visitors to the Garden. Now if only I could coax them in through the office window in an attempt to set up some kind of Butterfly World around my desk. —MN
The Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden's September resurgence is underway. We're sitting at around 80% of peak bloom right now. If you're so inclined, follow along on our Rose Watch page—because it’s fun to attempt to quantify the wild, technicolor awakening of thousands upon thousands of rose buds. —MN
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
In the words of William Blake, “A robin redbreast on a post…uh…is an ideal Garden host.”
I’m paraphrasing. —MN
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
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
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 poetry, music, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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