October 17, 2013


Super cool slow motion video of a fast-moving fungus spore by Earth Unplugged on YouTube.

Because you’re honestly not going to find another clip combining livestock leavings, rifles, and the high-speed habits of spore-laden fungi. —MN

August 25, 2013



One of my Drosera scorpioides. Roughly 25 minutes of video, compressed.

Fantastic video! and great quality plant too…
How did you shoot this - was it video, or still frames at intervals converted to video?

This sundew has a leg up on us when it comes to Sunday brunch, in that the insect equivalent of Eggs Benedict is delivered to its door. May your hours of waiting for the latest in Bloody Mary mixology speed right by, New Yorkers! —MN

August 14, 2013


Cynara artichoke flower time lapse

Sea anemones, you can sit right down.

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July 27, 2013



Oh my gosh I just… I can’t




Oh David Attenborough, you are the living patron of my botanical and zoological heart. The owls around here are a bit harder to spot with the trees so leafy, but if you happen to see one on your walks through the Forest, keep Attenborough’s hilarious cooing in the back of your mind. —MN

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July 2, 2013


An Animated History of the Tulip

We’re well past the bloom boom of the tulip for 2013, but what you’re looking at is pretty much a Monty Pythonized history of the bulb. That’s evergreen, as Tumblr posts go.

And if you can’t conceive of an ornamental garden plant virtually tanking a national economy, well, this is a must-watch. —MN

April 10, 2013

If you look very closely, that’s a muskrat swimming across the Bronx River.

January 28, 2013

This WWII-era video is a bit long for some modern attention spans, and the droll documentarian voiceover may push a few viewers to nod off. But just check out those high-speed growth clips! Watching this onion root, sprout, and bloom is eerily similar to something you might see in a movie about invading bodysnatchers. Or anything from the ’80s with Jeffrey Combs in it, I guess. —MN


Tally Ho, The Life History of the Onion (1943) from the British Council

Descriptive video of the life of the Onion from seed to flowering and seed development.

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January 27, 2013

Paul Stamets may raise some eyebrows with his headgear choices, but this self-taught mycologist has some inspiring ideas hidden just under the brim of that potato-shaped hat of his.

What if mushrooms could be used to soak up chemical spills, or absorb radiation? How about using fungus to counter the effects of wasting brain diseases? With only a small portion of the world’s myriad fungal species accounted for, Stamets believes future mycological breakthroughs will change—or even save—the world. —MN

November 22, 2012

According to Today’s Document, November is Historic Bridge Awareness Month. Which means there’s no better time to dig up this old chestnut of Barkley and friends running over the Garden’s Hester Bridge and frolicking around the Garden! ~AR

October 20, 2012

I’m not sure it will ever replace a mouse (especially since they put cacti into the mix), but I still find Botanicus Interacticus to be pretty exciting, right up there with tree cookie LPs. It seems strange at first, using plants to make music and art, but think about it … Pan’s pipes? Reeds. Early drums? Probably a gourd and some animal hide. Paints? Some definitely have plant-based pigments. When you look at it that way, it kind of makes sense to try and bridge the gap between plants and technology. And it sounds pretty, too. ~AR


Whoa. Touch a plant, control a computer, make music, make art, and a whole lot more. Pretty amazing stuff. Sure beats a mouse.

September 27, 2012

Get a bird’s eye view of the installation of our latest exhibition, Manolo Valdés: Monumental Sculpture.

September 6, 2012

Dug-up by the Bowery Boys, this 1960 short film by Jean Sheppard—better known as the voice of the narrator in A Christmas Story—is a must see for any New Yorker, New York enthusiast, or history buff. I loved the peek inside a number of “hidden gardens” almost as much as we did the visit to the footage of a long ago San Generrao festival. ~AR

(via The Bowery Boys: New York City History: Greenwich Village, through the eyes of Jean Shepherd: A beatnik city of “secret treasures and hidden gardens”)

August 3, 2012

In this excellent little squirrel vs. hawk video, the winner isn’t who you would first expect it’s going to be. Thanks to Nathan Smith for capturing it, and for Maria Alice Neves for pointing us in its direction on our Facebook page! ~AR

April 7, 2012


Cherry Blossom tree at the NY Botanical Gardens

Daybreak Cherry ‘Akebono’

I know, Ann already posted one of these, but I remain unapologetic.  —MN

April 4, 2012

Your moment of zen: Cherry blossoms in the breeze along the Seasonal Walk.

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