Morning Eye Candy: Rosy Chic

With such rich and varied coloring, this shrub rose certainly lives up to its name!

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Rosa ‘All the Rage’ in the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

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Morning Eye Candy: Allée Away

The historic Tulip Tree Allée is putting on its fall colors! Walking beneath these century-old trees during leaf season simply sublime.

NYBG Tulip Tree Allee

In front of the LuEsther T. Mertz Library – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

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This Weekend: Peak Color at NYBG!

Thain Family Forest trailNYBG’s trees are at 90% of peak color, jumping from 60% on Wednesday! Our Foliage Tracker has been going haywire this week as leaf season arrives in full force, just in time for the first of our Fall Forest Weekends. Autumn at the NYBG is at its most dazzling right now, and we have a full lineup of exciting activities to complete your experience of the colorful and serene woods. See live birds of prey, watch a master woodcarver at work, and even paddle a canoe down the Bronx River as you admire the Thain Family Forest from the best possible vantage  point. Click through for the full schedule.

Don’t forget, The Holiday Train Show® opens for another year in just two weeks—November 15th! Tickets are available now for preferred dates going into the peak season, as well as for Bar Car Nights, so be sure to book as soon as you can for these popular events.

Saturday, November 1

NYBG fall foliage
Fall Forest Weekends – 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Explore the Thain Family Forest, the largest remaining tract of old-growth forest in New York City, and immerse yourself in the magnificent colors of fall foliage. See the Forest from a different perspective with a scenic canoe trip down the Bronx River and spot birds that call this woodland home. Tree-climbing demonstrations, guided tours, and more make for an unforgettable autumn experience.

Tours of the Thain Family Forest
Meet at the Forest Orientation Point
Themed discovery walks of the Forest take place throughout each day. Wear comfortable shoes and seasonal attire for the weather.
11 a.m. – Birds of the Forest (meets at the Reflecting Pool)
12 p.m. – Natural History of the Thain Family Forest
1 p.m. – Fall Foliage
2 p.m. – Forest Forays for Families
3 p.m. – Forest Ecology

Canoe Trips on the Bronx River – 11 a.m., 12, 1, 2, 3 p.m.
Limited spaces available; first-come, first-served basis
Sign up at the Waterfall Trail Canoe Portage

Enjoy a short paddle on the Bronx River with the Bronx River Alliance and experience the beauty of this reclaimed local gem, home to an incredible variety of fish, birds, and even beaver! The Alliance works toward the conservation of the river as an ecological, economic, and community resource.

Bird Beat-Boxing – 12 2 p.m.
Across from the Native Plant Garden entrance
Amateur “bird-boxer” Ben Mirin entertains with a twist on traditional bird calling, integrating modern beat-boxing into his method of attracting birds.

Tree Climbing Demonstrations – 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 p.m.
Near the Thain Family Forest entrance along Azalea Way
Find out what it’s like to take care of the Forest’s trees! Watch an arborist climb to amazing heights and get a new perspective on the Garden.

Raptors: Live Birds of Prey Demonstrations – 1 3 p.m.
Across from the Native Plant Garden entrance
Hawks and owls deftly swoop through the air, alert for prey. Their unique design and deadly talons place them at the top of the food chain. Learn how to identify these birds while gaining a greater understanding of their adaptations and habitats.

Sunday, November 2

Enid A Haupt Conservatory lawn NYBG
Fall Forest Weekends – 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Explore the Thain Family Forest, the largest remaining tract of old-growth forest in New York City, and immerse yourself in the magnificent colors of fall foliage. See the Forest from a different perspective with a scenic canoe trip down the Bronx River and spot birds that call this woodland home. Tree-climbing demonstrations, guided tours, and more make for an unforgettable autumn experience.

Tours of the Thain Family Forest
Meet at the Forest Orientation Point
Themed discovery walks of the Forest take place throughout each day. Wear comfortable shoes and seasonal attire for the weather.
11 a.m. – Birds of the Forest (meets at Reflecting Pool)
12 p.m. – Natural History of the Thain Family Forest
1 p.m. – Fall Foliage
2 p.m. – Forest Forays for Families
3 p.m. – Forest Ecology

Canoe Trips on the Bronx River – 11 a.m., 12, 1, 2, 3 p.m.
Limited spaces available; first-come, first-served basis
Sign up at the Waterfall Trail Canoe Portage

Enjoy a short paddle on the Bronx River with the Bronx River Alliance and experience the beauty of this reclaimed local gem, home to an incredible variety of fish, birds, and even beaver! The Alliance works toward the conservation of the river as an ecological, economic, and community resource.

Bird Beat-Boxing – 12 2 p.m.
Across from the Native Plant Garden entrance
Amateur “bird-boxer” Ben Mirin entertains with a twist on traditional bird calling, integrating modern beat-boxing into his method of attracting birds.

Tree Climbing Demonstrations – 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 p.m.
Near the Thain Family Forest entrance along Azalea Way
Find out what it’s like to take care of the Forest’s trees! Watch an arborist climb to amazing heights and get a new perspective on the Garden.

Raptors: Live Birds of Prey Demonstrations – 1 3 p.m.
Across from the Native Plant Garden entrance
Hawks and owls deftly swoop through the air, alert for prey. Their unique design and deadly talons place them at the top of the food chain. Learn how to identify these birds while gaining a greater understanding of their adaptations and habitats.

Ongoing Children’s Programs

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Tree-rific Trees – 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Everett Children’s Adventure Garden
Visit the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden to see the enormous tree cookies of a giant sequoia and a white oak, and can participate in other hands-on fun. Dig deeper into the magnificent world of fall trees, from roots to branches. Learn to think like a scientist and track the changing colors of the leaves. Take a break from your research to count the rings of a giant sequoia and a white oak!

Dig, Plant, Grow: Goodnight, Garden – 1:30–6 p.m.
Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden
Join us as we prepare the garden for the change in seasons. Plant a cover crop, bury bulbs before the frost, and grab a rake to gather all of the fallen leaves.

Mario Batali’s Kitchen Gardens – 1:30–6 p.m.
Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden
Kids can explore with Mario’s Menu Mystery game, featuring favorite vegetables and herbs from nine of his restaurants’ kitchens, including Otto and Del Posto.

Cooking Demonstrations – 2 4 p.m.
At the Whole Foods Market® Family Garden Kitchen
From late spring into early fall, learn to cook up flavorful new recipes using garden-fresh ingredients, twice a day on Wednesdays and weekends in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden.
Sponsored by Whole Foods Market and Viking

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Containing The Situation

Sonia Uyterhoeven is NYBG‘s Gardener for Public Education.


container gardening plantingTwo large containers adorn the entrance out by Bedford Gate. Traditionally, we have used the narrow leaf fig (Ficus binnendijkii ‘Alli’) as the centerpiece for these containers. Our specimens are multi-stemmed with long, narrow, lance-shaped leaves. Ficus binnendijkii ‘Alli’ is not as fussy as the ubiquitous weeping fig, Ficus benjamina. It is more tolerant of low light levels and does not have a tendency to drop its leaves when moved.

Our Ficus binnendijkii ‘Alli’ specimens are terrific candidates to under-plant with annuals. In late spring we place the narrow leaf figs into larger pots that provide ample space for seasonal plantings.

The combination for this year’s summer display started with good intentions and then went awry. The errors that were made are common and instructive. We under-planted Ficus binnendijkii ‘Alli’ with the following: angel wings (Caladium ‘Miss Muffet’), English ivy (Hedera helix ‘Green Needle Point’), begonia (Begonia ‘Pink Giraffe’) and coleus (Solenostemon ‘Wasabi’).

Begonia Pink Giraffe

Begonia ‘Pink Giraffe’

On paper everything looked good. The angel wings ‘Miss Muffet’ is a dwarf cultivar that grows 12 inches tall and has small to medium arrowhead-shaped leaves that are chartreuse with red spots that bleed through the foliage.

Begonia ‘Pink Giraffe’ is a mild-mannered version of the pink dragon wing begonia. It is a tall cane type begonia with apple-green leaves and pendulous pink flowers. The foliage is luxurious and it has a nice arching demeanor.

If, as Fine Gardening magazine tells us, a good starting point for container recipes is to include “thrillers, spillers, and fillers,” then the Ficus binnendijkii ‘Alli’, the angel wings, and the begonias were the “thriller.” The English ivy (Hedera helix ‘Green Needle Point’) provided a delicate perennial accent as the ‘spiller,’ and the coleus acted as a filler.

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Caladium ‘Miss Muffet’

The coleus we selected, ‘Wasabi’, has lovely chartreuse foliage. The color was perfect for the shady container. Unfortunately, this specific coleus grows 18 to 30 inches tall, and it grew as if it were on steroids. Within no time, it had engulfed the other annuals. The begonia disappeared, the angel wings were smothered, and the ivy timidly peeked out from underneath the mass of coleus.

With a coleus, you can adjust the size by pinching it back. It is good practice to pinch your coleus—it will promote branching and it will prevent the plant from flowering. Flowering channels energy away from the foliage and into the flowers, so it is undesirable to grow for foliage in an annual.

As part of general container maintenance, grooming is imperative. There is, however, an important truth in gardening—if something wants to grow, it is better to let it grow. With all the choices we have on the market days, it is much easier to select a smaller cultivar rather than trying to force a plant to do something it doesn’t want to do.

Gardening, however, is about experimentation and learning. Now we know that Solenostemon ‘Wasabi’ is terrific for a shady border that requires height, volume, and color. For a container, it is probably better to plant Solenostemon ‘Dapple Apple’ or another similar variety, which also has chartreuse foliage but only grows 10–14 inches tall.

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Morning Eye Candy: The World is Your Oyster

If the Garden is an oyster then this Grandiflora rose is certainly the pearl!

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Rosa ‘Mother of Pearl’™ in the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

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Today at the Greenmarket: Trick or Treat!

Cauliflower GreenmarketToday our weekly Greenmarket is hosting a special Halloween Celebration! Come by before 3 p.m. for some extra fun and to enjoy your favorite fall treats. Try a taste of caramel corn and hot cider and snap a photo with a scarecrow! Kids can make some fall art, creating a leaf rubbing from one of NYBG’s many fallen leaves. Be sure to enter the New York Botanical Garden Raffle for a chance to win a bag of fresh produce and local goodies from the NYBG Greenmarket. Celebrate the season and learn about New York’s regional produce!

Our vendors have an abundance of healthy, fresh cauliflower for sale today, so it’s the perfect chance to share a little-known use for cauliflower—as a pizza crust! I kid you not, and speaking of kids, they won’t mind eating their vegetables when served like this. Click through for a quick and simple way to make a cauliflower pizza crust that you can cover with your preferred toppings.

Cauliflower Pizza Dough

Via The Rachel Ray Show

Ingredients

  1. 1 pound cauliflower florets
  2. 2 eggs

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. In a food processor, process cauliflower until finely chopped.
  3. In a microwave-safe bowl, cook cauliflower for five minutes or until tender. Place cauliflower in a towel, and squeeze out excess water so it is completely dry.
  4. In a bowl, mix egg and cauliflower until well-combined.
  5. On a parchment-lined baking sheet, spread cauliflower dough out until it resembles a pizza round. Bake for 40 minutes.
  6. Top however you want and bake in a 450°F oven for 7 minutes or until cheese and toppings have baked.

Serves 1 pizza round

Rachel Ray Cauliflower Pizza Crust Dough

Photo via The Rachel Ray Show

The market accepts food stamps, EBT, WIC/ FMNP, and Senior coupons, in addition to cash and credit or debit cards. The Hispanic Federation is at the NYBG Greenmarket every Wednesday providing assistance with the enrollment process in the New York State of Health Marketplace for Medicaid, Child Health Plus, and Qualified Health Path. Stop by the NYBG Greenmarket for more information.

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Morning Eye Candy: Blooms Over Easy

These anemones look like fresh country fried eggs if you get close enough—or maybe it’s just a breakfast craving.

Amy Weiss Anemone

Anemone × hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’ in Seasonal Walk – Photo by Amy Weiss

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Escape With Fall Forest Weekends at NYBG

Thain Family Forest Bronx RiverThose who have been following our Fall Foliage Tracker know that peak color is just around the corner here at the Garden. While the rest of New York State’s leaf season has come and gone for the most part, the fun is just getting started here in the Native Plant Garden and the Thain Family Forest with the return of our popular Fall Forest Weekends this week and next.

Enjoy New York City’s largest remaining tract of old-growth forest at its most colorful alongside a variety of entertaining and educational activities to heighten your experience of this vital ecosystem. There will be plenty of color to appreciate during Forest tours and various live demonstrations. See live birds of prey, professional arborists demonstrating how they climb to the top of the tree canopy, and woodworking demonstrated by a skilled craftsman. You can even paddle a canoe down the Bronx River to take in rich scenery from the best vantage point there is!

Bring your family to a place that showcases the singular beauty of New York State while feeling a world away from the rest of the city. You can participate in NYBG’s Citizen Science program as you explore the trails, and your kids can improve their own natural knowledge in Tree-rific Trees in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. Check out the full schedule of programs for both Fall Forest Weekends, taking place November 1 2 and 8 9. Until then, enjoy these photos of what visitors can expect to see during fall at the Garden!

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Morning Eye Candy: Blooms Over Easy

These anemones look like fresh country fried eggs if you get close enough—or maybe it’s just a breakfast craving.

Amy Weiss Anemone

Anemone × hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’ in Seasonal Walk – Photo by Amy Weiss

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Moning Eye Candy: Waving Goodbye

Can you believe each of these big, healthy blooms was trained from a single chrysanthemum plant? Kiku closes tomorrow, and the flowers’ curling petals look as if they are all waving goodbye.

Kiku the Art of the Japanese Garden chrysanthemum

In the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

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