The sun is high, the tulips are flirtatious, and the workday already has one foot out the door. Tomorrow opens up a spree of exciting events at the NYBG as we work our way toward the beginning of Monet’s Garden. More importantly, we’re springing off our announcement of the Rock Garden’s inclusion in this year’s Partners in Preservation competition. We need your help to make this happen!
We’re encouraging everyone to stop by the Rock Garden at the heart of the NYBG when they come for a weekend visit. You’ll understand why I call it a zen experience. And once you’ve walked along the gently sloped gravel paths and looked up at the reach of the trees overhead, I think you’ll also come to understand what makes this Garden icon worth your time. After seeing the Rock Garden, think about throwing your vote in the hat for The New York Botanical Garden as we strive for the privilege of restoring this piece of Nature’s Showplace.
Beyond the hollow of the Rock Garden, there is (of course!) a schedule stacked with events to take part in. The Antique Garden Furniture Show launched today to the joy of collectors around the city. If adding a touch of proven class to your home plot is on the priority list, think about perusing our dozens of elegant statues, garden furniture sets, and other pedigreed treasures from years past. You’re bound to find something that fits your outdoor aesthetic.
As always, birders have a chance to get together with their binoculars on Saturday morning, with Debbie Becker’s 25 years of bird-watching prowess leading the way. Those more inclined to indoor leisure will want to jump in with one of our expert docents for a Saturday tour around the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, or head over to the Britton Science Rotunda for “Plants and Fungi: Ten Current Research Stories,” which runs all weekend. And come Sunday, it’s out into the Forest for a guided tour of our 50-acre wood.
Naturally we’re making room for the kids, too. Join us as a group for “Wild, Wiggly Worms” at the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden and bring your greenthumb’s constitution–you and your kids will be learning about and feeding the residents of our worm farm! Not that you’ll go home empty handed for your effort: worm compost makes for some of the best garden food you can find anywhere.
That’s almost enough for anyone’s schedule, but don’t leave out the rest of our 250 acres. We’re nearly buried under the springtime mosaic of ambrosial lilacs, brilliant tree peonies, and the river of pinks, reds, and whites painted across the Azalea Garden. Now, more than ever, is the time to experience nature in New York City!