This Weekend: Tours and More

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NYBGIt’s another gorgeous September in New York! Come enjoy the Garden as late summer blissfully transitions into autumn. This weekend features a full roster of tours covering all facets of the Garden grounds. Prepare for your visit by exploring What’s Beautiful Now, and keep an eye out on grounds for the exciting installations that are part of our new Curator’s Spotlight series.

Unfortunately, our two remaining Family Dinners with Mario Batali’s Chefs are sold out—but tickets are still available to see Mario Batali himself lead an exclusive cooking demonstration at the Edible Academy Family Picnic on September 28! Click through to learn more about this special benefit event, and this weekend’s full programming schedule.


Saturday, September 13

Seasonal Walk Piet Oudolf

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.

Conservatory Tour – 11 a.m.
Meet at the entrance to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
Explore the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, an acre of plants under glass, with one of the Garden’s Guides. Take an ecotour around the world through 11 distinct habitats, including two types of rain forest, deserts of the Americas and of Africa, and aquatic and carnivorous plant displays.

Native Plant Garden Tour – 12:30 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.

Garden Highlights Tour– 2:30 p.m.
In the Ross Hall
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.


Sunday, September 14

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Native Plant Garden Tour – 12:30 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.

SOLD OUT Family Dinners with Mario Batali’s Chefs
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

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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: 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 p.m. – 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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