What Is a Classical Botanical Garden?

At The New York Botanical Garden we study, exhibit, and teach about plants. These three activities define what a classical botanical garden is.

Classical botanical gardens have a broader and more comprehensive mission than other kinds of plant-focused institutions, such as display gardens, environmental education centers, universities, or public gardens, that participate in only some of these activities.

The New York Botanical Garden conducts vast global scientific research programs, every year making expeditions to study and collect plants around the world. In New York, the Garden's scientists use cutting-edge techniques at the Garden's state-of-the-art laboratories to discover and understand the properties of plants and their relationships to each other, to ecosystems, and to people.

The Botanical Garden has 50 gardens and more than one million living plants, including 30,000 mature trees, on its 250-acre landscape. These collections include the most beautiful rose garden in the United States and tropical and desert plants displayed in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, where three public exhibitions are presented each year.

The Garden teaches people of all ages about plants and the environment through its educational programs in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden, the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden, the Home Gardening Center, the Graduate Studies Program, the School of Professional Horticulture, and the largest Continuing Education program of any botanical Garden in the U.S.

Through its scientific research, exhibition, and educational programs, The New York Botanical Garden is one of the world's premier classical botanical gardens.

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