First Look at Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden

kiku nybgWhile we gear up for the first weekend of Halloween fun at the Haunted Pumpkin Garden, remember that Kiku arrives at NYBG in just two weeks! Our popular celebration of the rich tradition of chrysanthemum cultivation in Japan returns on October 2 with new, breathtaking displays in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

To offer a bit of background about the exhibit, and to provide a sneak peek at our exciting upcoming programs, please enjoy this latest trailer for Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden.

The kiku tradition involves cultivating as many blooms as possible from a single plant. What look like enormous flower arrangements are in fact one continuous plant, delicately trained along a specially designed trellis by our trained horticulture staff, who spent 11 months on the task.

Taiko drumming, ikebana demonstrations, and a Japanese pop-up restaurant in the Pine Tree Café will all round out the rich cultural experience of Kiku. The grand opening is coming up soon, so explore the full list of programming and plan your visit today!

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Morning Eye Candy: Sailing on the Breeze

The swamp milkweed is preparing to send its seeds scattering to the wind.

Asclepias incarnata swamp milkweed
Asclepias incarnata in Seasonal Walk – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

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This Weekend: The Haunted Pumpkin Garden is Back!

haunted pumpkin gardenThe countdown to Halloween has officially begun with tomorrow’s debut of The Haunted Pumpkin Garden! From now through October 31 the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden will be taken over by eye-catching pumpkins and spooky fun for all ages.

Kids can join in Halloween Parades every weekend at 1 and 3 p.m. and enjoy a whole variety of pumpkin-themed activities. Starting tomorrow, the Creepy Creatures of Halloween will visit NYBG every weekend. Get to know some of the oddest critters around and learn how they live in the wild. Explore the full program schedule for The Haunted Pumpkin Garden, including upcoming events with Master Carver Ray Villafane and our Spooky Nighttime Adventures! Read on for this weekend’s lineup, including which creepy critters you can expect to see.


Saturday, September 20

Native Plant Garden

Bird Walk – 11 a.m.
Meet at the Reflecting Pool at the Leon Levy Visitor Center
The diverse habitats of the Botanical Garden offer visitors a chance to see dozens of species of birds throughout the year. Bring your binoculars and walk the Garden grounds with an expert to learn about bird-friendly habitats, migrating species, and birds that make a permanent home at the Garden.

Creepy Creatures of Halloween – 12 2 p.m.
Part of The Haunted Pumpkin Garden
At the Clay Family Picnic Pavilions
Some of the animals that make us scream are actually the coolest animals around. Meet some new critters from our big backyard and beyond during this live presentation and discover the unique adaptations that help them survive in their habitats.

A selection of featured creatures (may vary each weekend) includes:

  • Native NYBG reptiles (such as our snapping turtles!)
  • Dwarf Caiman
  • Large Albino Python or Boa Constrictor
  • Tegu Lizards
  • Small snakes
  • Sulcatta Tortoise
  • Panther Chameleon

About the presenting organization:
New York Wild! was created to give urban NYC residents more opportunities to experience nature up close. Erik Zeidler, founder of New York Wild!, has a lifelong passion for wildlife and nature, especially reptiles. This is an interest he has been pursuing since he was four years old while growing up in the Bronx, a seemingly unlikely setting for a naturalist. His company brings opportunities to the youth of New York City so that they too can be involved with wildlife. His programs have a profound impact and have changed the way many people feel about snakes and other misunderstood animals.

Aquatic House Tour – 12:30 2:30 p.m. (with ASL interpreter at 12:30 p.m.)
Meet at the entrance to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
Explore aquatic habitats found within the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, an acre of plants under glass. Take an eco-tour through these distinct biomes, with one of the Garden’s tour guides.


Sunday, September 21

fall fun at NYBG

Creepy Creatures of Halloween – 12 2 p.m.
Part of The Haunted Pumpkin Garden
At the Clay Family Picnic Pavilions
Some of the animals that make us scream are actually the coolest animals around. Meet some new critters from our big backyard and beyond during this live presentation and discover the unique adaptations that help them survive in their habitats.

A selection of featured creatures (may vary each weekend) includes:

  • Native NYBG reptiles (such as our snapping turtles!)
  • Dwarf Caiman
  • Large Albino Python or Boa Constrictor
  • Tegu Lizards
  • Small snakes
  • Sulcatta Tortoise
  • Panther Chameleon

About the presenting organization:
New York Wild! was created to give urban NYC residents more opportunities to experience nature up close. Erik Zeidler, founder of New York Wild!, has a lifelong passion for wildlife and nature, especially reptiles. This is an interest he has been pursuing since he was four years old while growing up in the Bronx, a seemingly unlikely setting for a naturalist. His company brings opportunities to the youth of New York City so that they too can be involved with wildlife. His programs have a profound impact and have changed the way many people feel about snakes and other misunderstood animals.

Native Plant Garden Tour – 12:30
Meet at the Reflecting Pool at the Leon Levy Visitor Center
Join a tour guide for an insider’s view of the newly designed Native Plant Garden. Enjoy a mosaic of nearly 100,000 native trees, wildflowers, ferns and grasses designed to flourish in every season.

Rose Garden Tour – 2:30 p.m.
Meet at the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden.
Immerse yourself in the fragrance, color, and beauty of the award-winning Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden on a tour with a Garden Tour Guide. Learn the differences between Heritage and Modern roses and between floribundas and hybrid teas as well as facts about rose history, cultivation, and folklore.

SOLD OUT Family Dinners with Mario Batali’s Chefs – 5 p.m.
Tickets are sold out for our two remaining al fresco Family Dinners, presented by MasterCard® Priceless® New York. But don’t despair! Tickets are still available for the Edible Academy Family Picnic with Mario Batali on Sunday, September 28! Chef Mario Batali and his co-host from ABC’s The Chew, Carla Hall, will lead an exclusive family picnic and cooking demonstration, with all proceeds benefiting the Garden’s Edible Academy, hub of the children’s vegetable gardening program. Tickets are going fast for this exclusive special celebration, so get yours now!


Ongoing Children’s Programs

Home Gardening Center

Family Adventures: Focusing on Nature – 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
In the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden
Children will explore the art of garden photography and will even have the opportunity to become garden photographers themselves. Through a series of stops within the Garden, they will see the world through a new lens as they learn how observations in science and nature have been recorded throughout time. They will also receive tips about perspective, scale, and framing when taking photographs.

Dig, Plant, Grow: Pollinator Palls: Bees and Butterflies
In the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden
The Family Garden is buzzing in late summer! Join us to learn about important pollinators: our honeybees and the monarch butterflies passing us by on their way to Mexico.

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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The Right Roses for Our Region

Sonia Uyterhoeven is NYBG‘s Gardener for Public Education.


Crimson Meidiland rose rosa

Rosa ‘Crimson Meidiland’

In September, our roses always look resplendent. We have a special fundraising party that takes place in the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden so it looks colorful and immaculate during a time when many other areas in the garden are winding down for the season.

I often have people stop and talk to me about roses when I am down working in the garden on the weekends. Black spot and Japanese beetles are always topics of conversation. Sometimes a visitor is searching for a specific rose—one from childhood or something they have heard about in a story. More often than not, people are interested in good recommendations. With over 600 different varieties of roses, the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden is an ideal place for the gardener to go window shopping.

Rose Ruby Ice

Rosa ‘Ruby Ice’

When searching for a rose, it is important to remember that roses will respond differently in different climates. While a rose may thrive and have a great deal of resistance to black spot in one part of the country, it may struggle in another. Recently, I had such an experience. A woman asked me if we grew a rose named ‘Mr. Lincoln’®.

‘Mr. Lincoln’® is a velvety red hybrid tea rose that grows on a sturdy stem and makes an ideal cut flower. It is a vigorous plant and a lovely rose which we grew a number of years ago in the garden. Since we have limited space, the garden undergoes a selection process where the less robust roses get taken out after trialing them for several years and newer selections are added in their place. ‘Mr. Lincoln’®, for all his elegance, was prone to black spot in our climate and was removed. The visitor told me she was from California where ‘Mr. Lincoln’® happily thrives. We had an interesting discussion of roses and climate and I guided her to some of my regional favorites.

Rose Larissa

Rosa ‘Larissa’

While many roses look splendid in the spring and early summer when everything is fresh, one of the true tests for finding a rose that grows well in your region is to take a look at it at the end of the season. I generally would say you should take a look at the rose after it has battled the heat of the summer, but this summer, aside from a few brutal weeks in late August, was fairly mild and forgiving.

Nonetheless, I walked around the rose garden one evening and came up with a list of some of my favorites. I was assessing the rose not only for its flower but also on foliage. I chose roses where I saw little or no signs of black spot. I made some tough decisions and many roses that were flowering beautifully and showed only slight signs of black spot were knocked off the list.

This may give local gardeners a good starting point for selecting roses for their own garden next spring. Here are some that caught my eye.

Mandarin Ice Rose

Rosa ‘Mandarin Ice’

  • Rosa ‘Pomponella’® (hybridizer: Kordes, type: floribunda, color: pink)
  • ‘Larissa’® (hybridizer: Kordes, type: shrub rose, color: pale pink)
  • ‘Carefree Spirit’™ (hybridizer: Meilland, type: shrub rose, color: cherry red with white eye)
  • ‘Kardinal’™ (hybridizer: Kordes, type: shrub rose, color: red)
  • ‘Ruby Ice’™ (hybridizer: Kordes, type: floribunda, color: cherry red, light pink reverse)
  • ‘Brothers Grimm”™ (hybridizer: Kordes, type: floribunda, color: orange, yellow, apricot melange)
  • ‘Cinderella’™ (hybridizer: Kordes, type: shrub rose, color: pale pink)
  • ‘Poseidon’™ (hybridizer: Kordes, type: floribunda, color: steely pale purple)
  • ‘Mandarin Ice’ ™ (hybridizer: Kordes, type: floribunda, color: neon salmon orange)
  • ‘Sans Souci’(hybridizer: Barni, type: floribunda, color: pale apricot cream with pink tinge)
  • ‘Easter Basket’™ (hybridizer: Meilland, type: floribunda, color: pale cream yellow with pink edges)
  • ‘Pink Home Run’® (hybridizer: Carruth, type: shrub rose, color: rose pink)
  • ‘Candy oh! Vivid Red’ ™ (hybridizer: Zlesak, type: shrub rose, color: cherry pink)
  • ‘Thrive!’ ™ (hybridizer: Sproul, type: shrub rose, color: cherry pink)
  • ‘Bubble Double’ ™ (hybridizer: Radler, type: shrub rose, color: pale pink)
  • ‘All the Rage’ Easy Elegance® (hybridizer: Lim, type: shrub rose, color: pink, apricot blend)
  • ‘Marie Pavie’ (hybridizer: Allegatiere, type: polyantha heritage rose, color: creamy white)
  • ‘Crimson Meidiland’ ® (hybridizer: Meiland, type: shrub rose, color: cherry pink)
  • ‘Michel Bras’® (hybridizer: Delbard , type: floribunda, color: pink blend)
  • ‘Dames de Chenonceau’® (hybridizer: Delbard , type: hybrid tea, color: pink apricot)
  • ‘Carefree Delight’ ™ (hybridizer: Meilland, type: shrub rose, color: pale pink)
  • ‘Wedding Bells’ ® (hybridizer: Kordes, type: hybrid tea, color: pink)
  • ‘Flamenco Rosita’ ® (hybridizer: Beales, type: shrub rose, color: pink)
  • ‘Lion’s Fairy Tale’ ™ (hybridizer: Kordes, type: floribunda, color: creamy white/ blush pink)
  • ‘My Girl’ Easy Elegance® (hybridizer: Lim, type: shrub rose, color: deep pink)
  • ‘Fairy Meidiland’® (hybridizer: Meiland, type: shrub rose, color: pink)
  • ‘Thrive! ® Lavender’ (hybridizer: Meiland, type: shrub rose, color: lavender pink)

There are many more wonderful varieties of roses in the Peggy Rockefeller Rose garden. Come down this fall and pick your favorite.

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Morning Eye Candy: Fall Perennials

This aptly-named New England aster ‘September Ruby’ lends an accent of fuschia to the Garden’s warm autumn hues.

Symphyotrichum novae angliae September rubin

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘Septemberrubin’ in Seasonal Walk – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

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This Week at the Greenmarket: Apples in the Big Apple

apple fritter rings martha stewart

Photo via Martha Stewart

The Greenmarket is back today, with fresh produce each week throughout the fall season. Today’s breakout star is certainly the apples, perhaps New York State’s most popular produce. Pick up the freshest local apples today while the Greenmarket is open until 3 p.m. To get you motivated, we have a a delicious fall recipe so sweet and delicious you will forget all about the words “pumpkin spice”—apple fritter rings! Read on for the recipe, because you have to see it to believe it.

Plenty of other seasonal fruits and vegetables are also available at today’s Greenmarket, as well as some fresh baked goods from our local vendors. GrowNYC has a handy chart of what’s in season that will come in handy as fall progresses. The Greenmarket will continue coming to the Garden every Wednesday until November 26, so come enjoy the crisp weather and pick up some healthy treats!

applesApple Fritter Rings

Via Martha Stewart

Ingredients

  1. 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  2. 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  3. 2 cups buttermilk
  4. 4 teaspoons vegetable oil, plus 2 cups for frying
  5. 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  6. 2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  7. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  8. 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  9. 4 medium tart apples, such as Granny Smith, cored, peeled, and cut into 1/2-inch-thick rings

Preparation

  1. In a medium bowl, combine 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon.
  2. In another medium bowl, whisk buttermilk, 4 teaspoons oil, and eggs. Stir in flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a large, heavy, high-sided skillet, heat 2 cups oil until it registers 375 degrees on a deep-fat or candy thermometer. (The oil should bubble rapidly when a drop of batter is added.)
  4. In batches, coat apples in batter and fry until golden brown, about 4 minutes per batch, flipping halfway through.
  5. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined baking sheet to drain.
  6. Toss apples in cinnamon sugar and serve immediately.

Our weekly cooking demonstrations continue today, and you can find assistance with enrolling in the New York State of HealthMarketplace from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Greenmarket accepts food stamps, EBT, WIC/FMNP, and Senior coupons, in addition to cash and credit or debit cards.

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Morning Eye Candy: Lean and Green

Before the Garden is ablaze with autumn foliage, we have a few more days to enjoy the lush greenery of summer.

nybg oak collection

In the Oak Collection – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

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Jump Into Fall at the Harvest Festival & Family Garden Picnic!

Mario Batali Cooking DemonstrationKick off thew new season and support the Edible Academy with food, live music, beer and wine talks, and even a live cooking demonstration with the one and only Chef Mario Batali!

On September 27 and 28 the Garden will host autumnal activities for the whole family at the Harvest Festival. Unwind with two full days of live music from such hit acts as Miss Tess and the Talkbacks, and Roosevelt Dime. Peruse the samples and offerings available for purchase at our Harvest Market, including live talks from featured purveyors. The Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden will host cooking demonstrations and family activities where kids can learn about the importance of pollinators. Read on for the details on Mario Batali’s special appearance!

The weekend’s festivities will culminate on Sunday, September 28, with an exclusive cooking demonstration hosted by Garden Board Member Chef Mario Batali and his co-host from ABC’s The Chew, Carla Hall, as part of the Edible Academy Family Picnic

Mario Batali’s cooking demonstration will be open to Harvest Festival Plus ticket purchasers, but for guaranteed seating and access to other exclusive events such as a booksigning with Carla Hall, explore our Family Garden Picnic ticket packages. All proceeds will support the Edible Academy, hub of the children’s gardening program at NYBG. Book your tickets now for the Harvest Festival and the Family Garden Picnic for fall fun at the Garden!

Harvest Festival New York Botanical Garden

Photo by Victor Chu

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Morning Eye Candy: Conservatory Color

There is always something colorful to admire in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, every day of the year.

Bougainvillea-'James-Walker'
Bougainvillea ‘James Walker’ in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

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Morning Eye Candy: Eager

While the Home Gardening Center won’t see its crops plucked for the Harvest Festival, it’s certainly looking like it wants to be included.

Home Gardening Center

Vegetables in the Home Gardening Center – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

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