This Weekend: Savor the Flavor of Spring

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0414-purple-blossom-thumbnail-250x280What a beautiful Friday! And the weather promises to remain gorgeous throughout the weekend, which is terrific news for our Spring Wine Festival! This is the first event in our Spring Festival Series and it promises to be a palate-pleasing journey for everyone. Gourmet food samples paired with delicious wines from our participating vendors will be served near the Native Plant Garden, and guests can then enjoy the aromas and sensations of spring with a tour of this cutting-edge, 3.5-acre installation presenting a dramatic 230-foot-long water feature as its centerpiece.

Along with live acoustic music by Milton near the Reflecting Pool, the Native Plant Garden Education Pavilion will host a full series of winemaking and wine pairing workshops conducted by visiting vendors and NYBG experts. Click through for the full list of topics as well as the rest of this weekend’s program schedule!


Saturday, May 3

azalea garden bench

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.

Wine in the Native Plant Garden Festival
Wine Tastings – 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Near the Native Plant Garden entrance
Sample wines native to New York State and beyond near the beauty of the Native Plant and Azalea Gardens. Stephen Starr Catering will also provide wine, beer, and snacks for purchase to help you enjoy your afternoon at the Garden.

Music by Milton – 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
At the Reflecting Pool
The bluegrass and folk tunes performed by Milton give energy to the weekend.

Roaming Guides – 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
In the Native Plant Garden
Learn about the creation of the Native Plant Garden and its thousands of plants that are thriving in its many habitats and microclimates from Garden Guides stationed throughout the pathways. Enjoy a mosaic of native trees, wildflowers, ferns, and grasses designed to flourish in every season.

Winemaking and Wine Pairing Workshops
In the Native Plant Garden Education Pavilion
Experts on winemaking and food culture invite you to join the conversation during presentations of their crafts.

12 p.m. – Home Winemaking
Learn basics methods and equipment to make your own wine at home with Peter Pagano of Winemakers New York.

1 p.m. – Tasting Wine Cheese Together
Jessica Galen of Lucy’s Whey will guide you in matching the flavors of your favorite wines to cheese.

2 p.m. – Home Gardening Demonstration: Going Native
There is a long history of foraging and using native plants in our kitchen. Join Gardener for Public Education, Sonia Uyterhoeven, for an exploration of some of the delectable delights that you will find in the Native Plant Garden. Refine your palate while you expand your plant palette.

3 p.m. – Wine Today: A Sommelier’s Perspective
Learn strategies for navigating the best restaurant wine lists by Gianni Cavicchi of Café D’Alsace.

4 p.m. – What Grows Together Goes Together
Danielle Oteri of Feast on History presents a more in-depth discussion of terroir as it applies to more than the wines of a given region, but its foods as well

Azalea Garden Tour – 12:30 2:30 p.m.
Meet at the Reflecting Pool at the Leon Levy Visitor Center

Join us for a guided tour of the 11-acre site that offers an encyclopedic collection of the world’s azaleas planted along a broad hillside punctuated by rock outcrops and shaded by mature native trees.


Sunday, May 4

magnolia trees

Wine in the Native Plant Garden Festival
Wine Tastings – 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Near the Native Plant Garden entrance
Sample wines native to New York State and beyond near the beauty of the Native Plant and Azalea Gardens. Stephen Starr Catering will also provide wine, beer, and snacks for purchase to help you enjoy your afternoon at the Garden.

Music by Milton – 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
At the Reflecting Pool
The bluegrass and folk tunes performed by Milton give energy to the weekend.

Roaming Guides – 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
In the Native Plant Garden
Learn about the creation of the Native Plant Garden and its thousands of plants that are thriving in its many habitats and microclimates from Garden Guides stationed throughout the pathways. Enjoy a mosaic of native trees, wildflowers, ferns, and grasses designed to flourish in every season.

Winemaking and Wine Pairing Workshops
In the Native Plant Garden Education Pavilion
Experts on winemaking and food culture invite you to join the conversation during presentations of their crafts.

12 p.m. – Home Winemaking
Learn basics methods and equipment to make your own wine at home with Peter Pagano of Winemakers New York.

1 p.m. – Tasting Wine Cheese Together
Jessica Galen of Lucy’s Whey will guide you in matching the flavors of your favorite wines to cheese.

2 p.m. – Home Gardening Demonstration: Going Native
There is a long history of foraging and using native plants in our kitchen. Join Gardener for Public Education, Sonia Uyterhoeven, for an exploration of some of the delectable delights that you will find in the Native Plant Garden. Refine your palate while you expand your plant palette.

3 p.m. – Wine Today: A Sommelier’s Perspective
Learn strategies for navigating the best restaurant wine lists by Gianni Cavicchi of Café D’Alsace.

4 p.m. – Tapas Dining: Simple and Sublime with New York Wines
Join Chef William Cornelius for a cooking demonstration of original tapas cuisine prepared from his own line of products and paired with Finger Lakes wines. This culinary entertainer has received celebrity chef status with his 30 years of experience from Executive Chef to Syndicated TV Personality, and now President of Chef William Creations, a gourmet food company based in Finger Lakes Wine Country.

Azalea Garden Tour – 12:30 2:30 p.m.
Meet at the Reflecting Pool at the Leon Levy Visitor Center

Join us for a guided tour of the 11-acre site that offers an encyclopedic collection of the world’s azaleas planted along a broad hillside punctuated by rock outcrops and shaded by mature native trees.


Ongoing Children’s Programs

Bronx River Thain Family Forest

Outdoor Nature Exploration: Spring Fun – 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
In the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden

With the Adventure Garden in spring color, pot up a seed to take home, go on a plant-part scavenger hunt, and have fun spotting frogs and turtles.

Dig! Plant! Grow!: Wild, Wiggly Worms – 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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