Morning Eye Candy: Lady Barbara

On a hint passed along by our Curator of Woody Plants, Deanna Curtis, Ivo headed out to the Azalea Garden for some hunting. His quarry was a flower, of course, and he was shooting with a camera—no worries there. He came back with photos of another winning deciduous azalea lighting up this collection during summer.

Rhododendron 'Lady Barbara'

Rhododendron ‘Lady Barbara’ by the Azalea Garden overlook – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

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Sunday Dinner at the Garden

Priceless NY Cooking Demo Whole Foods Family Kitchen GardenOn the heels of last month’s hugely successful Whole Foods 5% Day, we are very excited for the start of the next special event series to support the Garden’s Edible Academy initiative. This Sunday, MasterCard® Priceless® New York presents the first of four Family Dinners with Mario Batali’s Chefs!

Celebrated chef and NYBG Board Member Mario Batali is Honorary Chair of the Edible Academy Committee, and for four nights only the Garden will host chefs from the Batali Bastanich Hospitality Group‘s acclaimed restaurants to prepare a three-course, family-style menu to be served al fresco in the most secluded green oasis in New York City. Your family can join in the fun too, so read on for more details about the special menu and fun activities in store!
Each evening features a different culinary team visiting from some of New York’s hottest eateries–including Otto, Del Posto, and Eataly—to prepare the freshest ingredients from Mario Batali’s Kitchen Gardens, where kids learn about Italian heirloom vegetables and other nutritious edible plants. Enjoy hands-on gardening and craft activities alongside live cooking demonstrations by these top chefs in the outdoor Whole Foods Market Family Garden Kitchen.

Whole Foods Market Family Garden Kitchen

Each evening comes with its own unique menu and wine pairings. Explore the appetizing lineup and choose which date to bring your family for an unforgettable evening together. July 27 will include such summer treats as green beans with prosciutto, mozzarella, and cherry tomatoes; eggplant parmigiano with bianca aglio olio; and a mint and lemon semolina cake for dessert. Delicious!

Mario Batali's Kitchen Gardens

This garden-to-table meal is served in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden, the heart of the future site of the Edible Academy—a new, green building that will serve as the hub for edible education at NYBG. On June 25, Whole Foods shoppers and friends of the Garden raised over $131,000 to help realize this new educational platform that prepares children, their families, and their teachers for a lifelong interest in gardening and healthful living. But important funds still need to be raised to make this project happen! You can help us reach this goal, either by direct donation to the Edible Academy initiative, or by purchasing tickets to one of only four special Family Dinners with Mario Batali’s Chefs.

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Morning Eye Candy: Supernova

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Echinops along Seasonal Walk – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

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Morning Eye Candy: Fashion Forward

This daylily is a role model in that we can all aspire to dress this well. Look for it hanging out around the Daylily Walk on your way toward the Haupt Conservatory.

Hemerocallis 'Role Model'

Hemerocallis ‘Role Model’ along the Daylily Walk– Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

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Morning Eye Candy: A Friend to Bees

Thalictrum 'Elin'

Meadow-rue (Thalictrum ‘Elin’) along the Seasonal Walk – Photo by Amy Weiss

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Morning Eye Candy: Floating Along

The flower clusters of Sanguisorba tenuifolia float like dainty ghosts at the tips of their spindly stems, calling out the beauty of the Seasonal Walk in summer all the more.

Sanguisorba tenuifolia

Sanguisorba tenuifolia along the Seasonal Walk – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

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Jazz Age Evenings: Swing Under The Summer Sky

Phonograph DJ Jazz Age Evenings NYBGNext Thursday, July 24, is the second of only three special Jazz Age Evenings here at the Garden. This special event series whisks visitors back in time to the age of Groundbreakers for a magical summer evening. Sip vintage-style cocktails courtesy of our friends at Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer, and dance the night away to big band music from the one and only Michael Arenella His Dreamland Orchestra after an initial dance lesson at the start of the party.

Each evening is unique, so read on for the details on the special cocktail recipe and music theme for July 24! You will also see more exclusive photos of last month’s Jazz Age Evening, and get a peek of what’s in store for you and that special someone.

Next Thursday’s music hearkens back to the suave, romantic crooners of the 1930s. Sweet serenades complement smooth rhythms and more intimate dances. The evening kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with a dance lesson in the Foxtrot and the “Fred Ginger” until 7:15 so you and your special someone can sway to the live tunes.

Quench your thirst with the evening’s signature cocktail, the Crabbie Stormy, a twist on the classic that mixes dark rum with Crabbie’s all-natural ginger beer and a hint of lemon. The result is pleasantly spicy, but not too heavy for a warm night. Enjoy these scenes from our last evening, and buy your tickets now before they sell out!

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MasterCard Cardholders are invited to start the night off with a champagne pre-party at Shop in the Garden each night from 5 to 6 p.m. Get more information and tickets.

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This Weekend: Get Outside!

0714-red-flower-250x280While the rest of the country is coping with extreme weather, New York is being rewarded for its patience during this week’s thunderstorms with some beautiful, clear, and refreshing weather. That makes it the perfect time to take in the scenery of the Native Plant Garden during one of this weekend’s tours!

Bring the little ones on Sunday for the debut of next month’s theme for Dig! Plant! Grow! The Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden will play host to a month of pickling activities to let you embark on a tasty new project at home with the family.

If summer nights are more your thing, there is still time to get tickets to our second to last Jazz Age Evening on Thursday, July 24. See photos from last month’s event and get details on the cocktail menu and music program in store for next week on our evenings page. In the mean time, read on for the full schedule of weekend programs!


Saturday, July 19

NYBG Native Plant Garden

Native Plant Garden Tour with ASL Interpreter – 12:30 p.m.
Meet at the Reflecting Pool in the Leon Levy Visitor Center
Experience the beauty of the Garden’s 50-acre Thain Family Forest on this one-hour walking tour with an expertly trained Guide. You’ll learn facts about the trees, history, geology, and ecology of this original, uncut woodland.

From Ragtime to Jazz: The Roots of Pop – 1 3:30 p.m.
In the Ross Hall
Music from the period of Groundbreakers—ragtime, jazz, Broadway, and beyond to Hollywood—had a great impact on American culture. Enjoy a variety of styles in live performances by a trio of artists, including musical producer, pianist, and historian Terry Waldo, featuring the works of Scott Joplin, Eubie Blake, Irving Berlin, and Tin Pan Alley composers such as George Gershwin, George M. Cohan, and Dorothy Fields.

Film Screening: Yours for a Song: The Women of Tin Pan Alley – 2 p.m.
In the Ross Hall
Many popular music standards of the Tin Pan Alley era (1920–49) were written by women, including Dorothy Fields, Kay Swift, Dana Suesse, and Ann Ronell, who were among the most influential songwriters of the time. This PBS documentary includes archival footage, motion picture clips, and rarely seen photographs, as well as performance clips of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Perry Como.

Native Plant Garden Tour – 2:30 p.m.
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.


Sunday, July 20

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Native Plant Garden Tour – 12:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m.
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.

From Ragtime to Jazz: The Roots of Pop – 1 3:30 p.m.
In the Ross Hall
Music from the period of Groundbreakers—ragtime, jazz, Broadway, and beyond to Hollywood—had a great impact on American culture. Enjoy a variety of styles in live performances by a trio of artists, including musical producer, pianist, and historian Terry Waldo, featuring the works of Scott Joplin, Eubie Blake, Irving Berlin, and Tin Pan Alley composers such as George Gershwin, George M. Cohan, and Dorothy Fields.

Film Screening: Yours for a Song: The Women of Tin Pan Alley – 2 p.m.
In the Ross Hall
Many popular music standards of the Tin Pan Alley era (1920–49) were written by women, including Dorothy Fields, Kay Swift, Dana Suesse, and Ann Ronell, who were among the most influential songwriters of the time. This PBS documentary includes archival footage, motion picture clips, and rarely seen photographs, as well as performance clips of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Perry Como.


Ongoing Children’s Programs

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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: Sweet Stinky — 1:30–5:30 p.m.
Through July 18
In the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden
Aromatic alliums and spicy herbs thrive in the summer heat. Follow the sweet and stinky smells to the Family Garden and discover these culinary champions. Savor the scents and tickle your taste buds with cooking demonstrations and samples, and become a green thumb by planting your very own herb to tend at home.

Dig, Plant, Grow: Pickle Me!
July 19–August 15
In the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden
Go on a Pickle Parade through the Family Garden to learn about plants—both familiar and unfamiliar—that take part in the pickling process. Learn what it takes to pickle and make your very own batch of pickles to savor back at home.

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This Week at The Greenmarket: Live Demos and Tasty Treats

strawberries Tomorrow’s Greenmarket will feature a very special herb demonstration by the community gardeners at Bronx Green-Up. Come with questions and pick up a gardening tip sheet to bring home! Each week features a special educational component. Check the upcoming schedule and see what useful tips and tricks you can bring home along with your groceries.

And don’t bother putting together a shopping list. The fun of the Greenmarket is coming to visit and planning your recipes around what’s in season. There’s a wealth of variety right now, including cherries, tomatoes, red and golden beets, and raspberries. Our specialty vendors also bring delicious baked goods every Wednesday to NYBG, such as assorted pies and tarts, cakes, brownies, and biscotti.

With the menus announced for our upcoming Family Dinners with Mario Batali’s Chefs—beginning Sunday, July 27—there is no end of inspiration for fresh summer recipes! One popular classic makes use of two ingredients in season at the moment—strawberries and rhubarb! Click through for a recipe to make an Old-Fashioned Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp to share with loved ones.


Old-Fashioned Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp
By Food Wine

RhubarbFilling
2 pounds rhubarb stalks, sliced 1/2 inch thick
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 pound strawberries, hulled and quartered
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Topping

1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt

Photograph Stefan Anderson strawberry rhubarb

Photograph © Stefan Anderson

Preparation

1. Preheat the oven to 375°. In a bowl, toss the rhubarb with 3/4 cup of the sugar and let stand for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. In another bowl, toss the strawberries with the remaining 1/2 cup sugar and let stand for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the rhubarb to the strawberries; discard any rhubarb juice. Add the cornstarch, lemon juice and vanilla to the fruit and stir well. Transfer the mixture to a 9-by-13-inch glass baking dish.

2. Combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl. Using a pastry blender or your fingers, mix the ingredients together until large crumbs form.

3. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the filling and bake for 30 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 325° and continue baking for about 30 minutes longer, until the fruit filling is bubbling and the topping is nicely browned. Let the crisp rest for 10 to 20 minutes before serving.


To pick up some fresh ingredients and try out a new recipe, come on down to the Garden on Wednesdays and peruse the offerings of the Greenmarket. Check which special programs will be happening on your visit, and see what is currently in season at GrowNYC.

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Morning Eye Candy: Storm Sans Thunder

It turns out you can have storm clouds sans all that wind, lightning, and falling water. You can even put them in a pot and keep them happily at home.

Agapanthus 'Storm Cloud'

Agapanthus ‘Storm Cloud’ by the Mosholu Gate – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

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