Through August 21, 2011

SPANISH PARADISE:
GARDENS OF THE ALHAMBRA

Location: Enid A. Haupt Conservatory | Get Your Tickets

Ongoing Programs

Travel to southern Spain in just an afternoon.

Poetry Walk

In the gardens surrounding the Conservatory, sixteen poetry boards present Federico García Lorca's poems, many of them referencing plants, flowers, and gardens, taking visitors through some of the most beautiful Garden collections during the spring and summer seasons.

Historical Views: Tourists at the Alhambra

In the LuEsther T. Mertz Library - Rondina and LoFaro Gallery

Rare prints, historical photographs, watercolor drawings, and objects from the rich collections of the Hispanic Society of America immerse visitors in the Alhambra's history and design. Perspectives from tourists to the Alhambra, including its most famous, Washington Irving, will be featured.

Special Programs

Flamenco Among the Flowers

Every Saturday and Sunday; 1, 2, & 3 p.m.
Arthur and Janet Ross Lecture Hall

Get into the rhythm of flamenco--a world of stirring sounds, mystery, and straight up fun. The live Flamenco Inside/Out trio introduces the traditional Spanish art form of flamenco to the next generation with a fresh and innovative twist.

Home Gardening Demonstrations

Saturdays and Sundays, July 23 & 24 and August 20 & 21, 1:30 p.m.
In various locations around the Garden

Join Gardener for Public Education Sonia Uyterhoeven for a discussion of Islamic gardens, exploring the design and plant choices of the Alhambra.

The Food and Culture of the Alhambra

Sunday August 21 at 4 p.m.
In the Perennial Garden

Discover the food and culture of the al-Andalus region of Spain. Tastings and special presentations highlight the flavors of almond, citrus, olives, eggplant, and more.

- August 21: Alexandra Raij, Txixito

My Lorca Poetry Series

Saturday August 20; 4 p.m.
In the Perennial Garden

Hear American poets reading their favorite Federico García Lorca poems and discussing the poet's influence on their own work in this series part of Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra. Curated by the Poetry Society of America.

- August 20: Forrest Gander, Aracelis Girmay, and Pablo Medina

Waterlily Concert Series


Adults: $20; Seniors/Students: $18; Children: $8; Children Under 2: Free; Members: Free

Thursdays, August 4, 11, and 18, 6-8:30 p.m.
Evening viewing of Spanish Paradise until 7 p.m.
Concerts start at 7 p.m.
On the Conservatory Lawn

Enjoy a summer evening filled with Spanish-influenced music amid the beautiful surroundings of the Botanical Garden. Bring your family and friends and relax. Follow your favorite food truck to the Garden! Members of the NYC Food Truck Association will be selling their specialties during the Waterlily Concert evenings! Alhambra beer, Spanish wine, and cold water and sodas will also be available for purchse from Abigail Kirsch Catering Relationships to round-out your meal.

August 4: The Art of Spanish Song--Duo LiveOak

"Their eloquence could not have been improved upon." The New York Times

Known for their meltingly beautiful vocals, Wallace's guitar wizardry and a natural sense of drama, Duo LiveOak has toured for decades to much acclaim throughout North and South America and Europe. Vocalist Nancy Knowles and guitarist/composer Frank Wallace will explore Spanish song through the ages, including evocative renaissance treasures, a song written for them by the great Joaquín Rodrigo, as well as theatrical songs set to the poetry of the great poet from Granada, Federico García Lorca. The evening performance will include dancing choreographed by Tricia Brouk.

Food trucks for August 4:

- Kimchi Taco Truck
- Gorilla Cheese NYC
- Andy's Italian Ice

August 11: Flamenco Guitar, Percussion, and Dance: Flamenco Inside/Out

Featuring Flamenco Inside/Out, the highly acclaimed group that performs each weekend at the Garden, this concert will include both traditional flamenco and contemporary, jazz-infused compositions. The concert will focus on the music, but will also feature some traditional flamenco dance.

Food trucks for August 11:

- Schnitzel and Things
- Gorilla Cheese
- Wafels & Dinges

August 18: Classical Spanish Guitar

Jorge Caballero's classical Spanish guitar set will transport you to Spain for the evening. Caballero, widely regarded as one of the finest guitarists of his generation, performs nationally and internationally. He is the youngest musician and the only guitarist to win the prestigious Naumburg International Competition, and is known for dazzling virtuosity, intense musicality, and spellbinding performances. Allan Kozinn of the New York Times called Caballero a "superb young guitarist" and praised his rare combination of "deft, powerful technique and a soft-spoken interpretive persona." Caballero will be accompanied by charismatic guitarist Zaira Meneses, who has played highly acclaimed performances on three continents in a wide variety of programs ranging from solo recitals to chamber music to as soloist with orchestra.

Food trucks for August 18:

- Frites 'N' Meats
- Kimchi Taco
- Treats Truck

Generous support for the Waterlily Concert Series provided by Vivian and Edward Merrin
Garden Design magazine, Media Partner.

Guided Tours of the Conservatory and Library Exhibitions

Every Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Plan Your Visit

Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday, and Monday, July 4
Members: Free
Adults: $20
Seniors/Students: $18
Children: $8
Children Under 2: Free
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Historical Views Library Exhibition

Rare prints, historical photographs, watercolor drawings, and objects from the rich collections of the Hispanic Society of America immerse visitors in the Alhambra's history and design.

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About the Exhibition

The exhibition features flowing fountains, elegant arches, and a broad palette of Mediterranean plants anchored by date palms, pomegranate trees, Italian cypress, and more--all within the Victorian elegance of the Conservatory.
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Lorca, Flamenco, Sangria, and More!

The spirit of al-Andalús fills the Garden's special programming this summer. Eat the food, drink the wine, and thrill to the sounds of Spanish guitar during weekend Flamenco performances, evening events, and much more.

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