Morning Eye Candy: Proof

They’re minute but resolute, those small green things that join together to build the season.

Spring in the South Arboretum

In the South Arboretum – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

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Morning Eye Candy: Like Cotton Candy

We’ve been jealous of Washington D.C. while they enjoy their famous cherry blossoms, but flowering season has finally made its way up north to NYBG! The trees are beginning to look like great bunches of cotton candy that have landed on grounds.

Cherry tree blossom Prunus Okame

Okame cherry (Prunus ‘Okame’) – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

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Introducing The Pine Tree Café!

Pine Tree Cafe Next time you’re feeling hungry at the Garden, stop by the latest attraction at the Leon Levy Visitor Center. Months of work and preparation throughout the winter have resulted in yesterday’s highly-anticipated debut of the Garden’s newest eatery. The Pine Tree Café offers visitors to the Garden a tasty new dining experience from our friends at STARR Restaurants.

This unique addition to the Garden’s visitor experience is named for the collection of towering trees in which it sits. The Pine Tree Café takes advantage of its location under the pleasing shade of the Arthur and Janet Ross Conifer Arboretum to create a space where guests can enjoy their lunch within view of a world-renowned collection of rare and unusual pines from Asia, Europe, and North America.

Pine Tree Cafe

STARR has brought the first-class treats that visitors now enjoy at The Garden Café to this sleek, updated location, and added a few exclusives as well. The menu includes fresh salads, flavorful hot and cold sandwiches, and straight-from-the-oven, Neopolitan-style pizza, just to name a few of our favorites. Visit the NYBG Dining page for a full list of offerings and a closer look at the café itself.

Pine Tree Cafe NYBG

The Pine Tree Café is located in the Leon Levy Visitor Center and is open during regular Garden hours. What better way to admire the century-old trees, some nearly 100 feet tall? The Garden is perfect for making memorable events, too. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a quiet afternoon lunch with the family, or hold a beautiful wedding, Stephen STARR Events creates unique experiences in one of New York’s most breathtaking settings.

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Morning Eye Candy: The Hill(s) are Alive

Cue Julie Andrews. It may be a bit frosty out there today, but Daffodil Hill is having none of it.

Daffodil Hill

On Daffodil Hill – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

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Only One Week Until The Antique Garden Furniture Fair!

NYBG Antique Garden Furniture FairNext weekend is the perfect opportunity to beautify your home, both indoors and out, while celebrating the harmony between houses and gardens. From April 25 to 27, more than 30 established vendors will take part in this year’s Antique Garden Furniture Fair, offering centuries of classic indoor and outdoor decor from both Europe and North America.

At the same time, NYBG Shop in the Garden staff can help you find the best plant to make your home pop this season at the Specialty Plant Sale. Our Garden Room next to the Fair will include a special selection of shrubs and trees, perennials and annuals, as well as herbs and other unique home greenery. But that’s only the beginning. Head below to read more about the big names and exciting events coming to the Antiques Garden Furniture Fair in 2014!

For those looking for a little inspiration for their spring decor, opening day on April 25 is not to be missed. Deborah Nevins, landscape historian and a designer of several international landscape projects, will deliver a lecture entitled A Landscape Autobiography, while Garden designer Page Dickey will speak about Houses and Gardens: Their Intimate Relationship. She will also be on hand signing copies of her books at the Book Signers Fair. She will be joining several accomplished guest authors from the world of plants whose names green thumbs will likely recognize, including Dr. Michael J. Balick, leading ethnobotanist and our own Vice President for Botanical Science.

NYBG Antique Garden Furniture Fair

NYBG Adult Education instructors Jan Johnsen and Marta McDowell will also be signing copies of their books. The Gardening Life of Beatrix Potter by Marta McDowell is a charming book for garden-lovers, bookworms, and the kid in all of us. Heaven is a Garden is the latest book from Jan Johnsen, author of the popular Serenity in the Garden blog.

Throughout the weekend, the Conservatory Tent will host a series of QA Sessions with visiting experts. The interesting and useful topics include Gardenmania – Understanding Antique Botanical Prints, Planning a Children’s Garden, and Identifying and Understanding Antique Garden Furniture. You’ll certainly bring home all sorts of tips and ideas to rejuvenate your home.

NYBG Antique Garden Furniture Fair

This celebration of the harmony between houses and gardens is the perfect way to get excited for our upcoming exhibition, Groundbreakers: Great American Gardens and the Woman Who Designed Them. Opening May 17, this exciting summer exhibit will fully explore the decorative history of America’s iconic homes and landscapes. Until then, check out our list of next weekend’s programs and vendors! Home delivery is available for all purchases, so you don’t even have to worry about trunk space.

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Morning Eye Candy: Frontrunner

First tulips, first tulips! The Rock Garden is clearly the frontrunner in this sudden season of flowers.

Tulipa 'Ice Stick'

Tulipa ‘Ice Stick’ in the Rock Garden – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

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Morning Eye Candy: Dog’s Day

Cornus mas

Cornelian cherry dogwood (Cornus mas) – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

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‘Pink Peignoir’ Awakens the Azalea Garden

Kristin Schleiter is the NYBG’s Associate Vice President of Outdoor Gardens and Senior Curator. She oversees the wonderful gardening team that keeps our flowering gardens looking topnotch, curates the herbaceous gardens and collections, and manages the curator of woody plants. She lives and gardens in Fairfield, CT.


Rhododendron mucronulatum 'Pink Peignoir'At very long last, spring has well and truly come to the Azalea Garden. I can tell because the Korean rhododendron, Rhododendron mucronulatum, is decorating the ridge at the top of the garden near the overlook with its delicious candy colors. My favorite is the earliest-to-bloom ‘Pink Peignoir’ in a shade of cotton candy pink that sings against our often drizzly grey skies and is cheerily visible from a long distance.

Korean rhododendron make marvelous garden plants. They prefer an acid soil (which is what most soil in the tri-state area is naturally) and at least a half a day of good light. They are hardy down to a chilly zone 4. They are deciduous and lose their leaves with a late and lasting foliage show of simmering orange, gold, and scarlet.

I so love the spring when the gardens are all full of promise and you feel that this will be the season that everything grows just as you see in your mind’s eye. The Korean rhododendron is the perfect plant to keep that hope alive, at least until a late frost shows you that you might have to wait until next year for your horticultural utopia.

Rhododendron mucronulatum 'Pink Peignoir'

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This Weekend: Island Hopping for Orchids

yellow orchidOnly ten days left to visit The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary, but this weekend there are many ways to get the most out of your visit to the Garden. While this year’s Orchid Show focuses on the Florida Keys, hundreds more varieties of this lovely flower grow throughout the tropics. This Sunday we are pleased to present Island Hopping for Caribbean Orchids in conjunction with the Torrey Botanical Society. Dr. James Ackerman Jr. will read from—and sign copies of—his latest book on the orchids of the Greater Antilles, a peek into one of the most beautiful and biologically diverse regions of the globe as seen through their most stunning flora.

While April 12′s Orchid Evening has already sold out, the good news is that tickets are still available for both Orchid Evenings taking place next weekend, April 18 and 19. That’s right, for the closing weekend of The Orchid Show, there will be an after dark event on both Friday and Saturday, with a different DJ and signature cocktail each night! But it’s your last chance to experience this flamboyant exhibition at night, so get your tickets soon.

Next week The Culinary Kids Food Festival returns April 14 with all new Activity Stations for hands-on learning of the science behind your family’s favorite treats! See what we have in store for the spring edition of one of our most popular family programs here. Or read on to see what’s in store at the Garden this beautiful April weekend!


Saturday, April 12

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Roaming Orchid Guides – 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Meet in the Palm Dome of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

Garden guides highlight parts of the permanent collection and special exhibition to add insight to your experience of The Orchid Show. They will provide an in-depth look at rare and extraordinary orchid specimens on display.

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.

Garden Highlights: Spring Awakening Tour – 12:30 p.m.
Meet at the Reflecting Pool at the Leon Levy Visitor Center

Sights and scents emerge across the 250-acres of the Botanical Garden. Join a Garden Guide for a walking tour featuring highlights of the gardens and plant collections, like the Native Plant and Perennial Gardens.

Escape to Paradise: The Music of Key West – 1 3 p.m.
In the Ross Hall

The sounds of tropical rock and island music transport you to Key West with lyrics that evoke a warm, lush locale and a laid-back lifestyle, plus rhythms of the acoustic guitar, congas, and percussion instruments.

About the Band: Jimmy Kenny and The Pirate Beach Band‘s musicians have over 20 years of live playing experience. They pride themselves on bringing the most authentic listening experience possible in a tribute to the music of Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney and the Zac Brown Band among others, including your favorite tropical hits, reggae, Top 40 Americana, and the best in New and Classic Country.

Orchid Care QA – 1:30–4:30 p.m.
In Shop in the Garden

Gardening and orchid experts share their best secrets and explain the simple steps to healthy plants as they help you choose the right plant for your home.

Orchid Care Demonstrations: Troubleshooting with Orchids – 2 3 p.m.
In the Conservatory GreenSchool

Is your orchid distressed? Join us for a lesson on basic orchid care and a list of dos and don’ts that will keep your plants thriving. Some of the most common mistakes and maladies will be covered, including tips on how to rescue ailing orchids.

Rock Garden Tour – 2:30 p.m.
Meet at the Reflecting Pool at the Leon Levy Visitors Center

The Rock Garden is a 2 1/2-acre oasis complete with a pond and waterfall and featuring alpine plants from six continents. Join an expertly trained Garden Guide for a walking tour to see and learn more about these jewel-like plants.

Orchid Evenings – 7–9 p.m.
In the Conservatory

Tomorrow’s Orchid Evening is SOLD OUT! But don’t worry, tickets are still available for our two Orchid Evenings next week! That’s right, we have an Orchid Evening on Friday, April 18, and Saturday, April 19 for the last weekend of The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary. Come join us to say goodbye to this special exhibition with a cocktail in hand. Music and unforgettable beauty make for one of New York City’s most romantic date destinations. Your ticket includes a complimentary cocktail and special dinner offers at our restaurant partners on Little Italy’s Arthur Avenue and beyond. On Friday, April 18, we welcome DJ Ayesha Adamo. Saturday, April 19, sees the return of DJ Julio Pezua spinning tunes for the event. More details below:

Cocktail Partner: Would you prefer fruity or fresh? We have a different signature cocktail for both Orchid Evenings. Friday, April 18, guests will enjoy The Diamond Spring Spritz, a refreshing blend of Russian Diamond Vodka and freshly squeezed lemon and lime juices, sweetened with organic agave nectar and topped off with a splash of sparkling wine, a dash of Blue J Syrup, and a sprig of spring mint. Courtesy of Russian Diamond Vodka. The next night, The Yvette Cup will be on offer, courtesy of Cooper Spirits. This is a perfect fruity, herbal, and botanical blend of a cocktail. Ginger, cucumber, and mint are muddled and topped off with gin and Crème Yvette and a squeeze of lime.

Non-Member $30/Member $20 (Adults 21 and over) Advance tickets recommended; includes one specialty cocktail.
Start the night off with a champagne pre-party at Shop in the Garden from 6 to 7 p.m. Learn more at priceless.com/newyork.


Sunday, April 13

daffodil bud dewdrops

Roaming Orchid Guides – 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Meet in the Palm Dome of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

Garden guides highlight parts of the permanent collection and special exhibition to add insight to your experience of The Orchid Show. They will provide an in-depth look at rare and extraordinary orchid specimens on display.

Spring Highlights Tour – 12:30 p.m.
Meet at the Reflecting Pool at the Leon Levy Visitor Center

Join a Garden Guide for a walking tour featuring highlights of the gardens and plant collections that stand out in late winter, and start to look for early signs of spring.

Ross Conifer Arboretum Tour – 12:30 p.m.
Meet at the Reflecting Pool at the Leon Levy Visitor Center

The Arthur and Janet Ross Conifer Arboretum is a historic, 15-acre collection of towering pines, elegant spruces, and mountain firs from around the world. These irreplaceable trees were among the first planted at the Garden, some as far back as the early 1900s. Join an expertly trained Guide for a tour of these exquisite specimens.

Escape to Paradise: The Music of Key West – 1 3:30 p.m.
In the Ross Hall

The sounds of tropical rock and island music transport you to Key West with lyrics that evoke a warm, lush locale and a laid-back lifestyle, plus rhythms of the acoustic guitar, congas, and percussion instruments.

About the Band: Jimmy Kenny and The Pirate Beach Band‘s musicians have over 20 years of live playing experience. They pride themselves on bringing the most authentic listening experience possible in a tribute to the music of Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney and the Zac Brown Band among others, including your favorite tropical hits, reggae, Top 40 Americana, and the best in New and Classic Country.

Orchid Care QA – 1:30–4:30 p.m.
In Shop in the Garden

Gardening and orchid experts share their best secrets and explain the simple steps to healthy plants as they help you choose the right plant for your home.

Orchid Care Demonstrations: Troubleshooting with Orchids – 2 3 p.m.
In the Conservatory GreenSchool

Is your orchid distressed? Join us for a lesson on basic orchid care and a list of dos and don’ts that will keep your plants thriving. Some of the most common mistakes and maladies will be covered, including tips on how to rescue ailing orchids.

Nature Journaling in the Native Plant Garden Tour – 2:30 p.m.
Meet at the Reflecting Pool

Enjoy a mosaic of nearly 100,000 native trees, wildflowers, ferns and grasses designed to flourish in every season through the lens of a naturalist. Participants will practice nature journaling techniques through inquiry, observation and other hands-on activities.

Torrey Botanical Society Talk and Booksigning: Island Hopping for Caribbean Orchids – 4 p.m.
In the Ross Hall

“…orchids are universally acknowledged to rank among the most singular and most modified forms in the vegetable kingdom…” — Charles Darwin

Dr. James Ackerman, Jr., Professor of Biology, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, unveils the beauty and unravels the mysteries of the public and private lives of the species he portrays in his new book, published by the NYBG Press, Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles, volume 109 of the series Memoirs of The New York Botanical Garden. He will be signing copies of the book following the talk.

From Anegada in the northeastern corner of the Caribbean to the tip of western Cuba, the Greater Antilles stretch across nearly 1,500 miles comprising a geologically complex group of islands that are home to a remarkably species-rich flora and fauna, making the region one of the world’s Biodiversity Hotspots. Nearly 600 orchid species reside on these culturally diverse islands, and to get a good sense of this diversity, their intriguing biology, and the habitats in which they reside, ideally one must go where they are in nature.

Co-Presented with the Torrey Botanical Society.


Ongoing Children’s Programs

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Little Landscapes – 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
In the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden

The plant world comes alive in a big way at the Discovery Center this winter. Take a step inside the world of plants and create your own terrarium to bring home. Be inspired to create a rocky, mossy, or floral world in a jar by looking closely at a wide array of artistic and scientific terrariums. While you are at it, use a microscope to take a closer look at some of the featured terrarium characters like moss, lichens, and rocks.

Dig! Plant! Grow!: Wake Up, Garden!– 1:30–5:30 p.m.
In the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden

Rise and shine Family Garden! Help get the garden off to a good start by sowing seeds, planting seedlings, spreading compost, and digging. Observe the rapid changes and new growth on the trees, shrubs, and bulbs in our meadow, and explore germination of seeds up close with microscopes and magnifiers.

Mario Batali’s Kitchen Gardens – 1:30 – 6 p.m.
In the 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.

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Morning Eye Candy: Clouds of Aroma

If you know its scent, you’ll never forget it. The lemony aroma of a springtime caught red-handed.

Lonicera fragrantissima

Winter honeysuckle by the Watson Building (Lonicera fragrantissima) – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

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