Caribbean Garden

January 15 - February 27, 2011

A Trip to the Tropics by Train

Get a dose of the sultry warmth of the tropics just twenty minutes north of the city! A reinterpretation of the Garden's permanent collection housed within the recently refurbished Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Caribbean Garden thrills with verdant, lush foliage and winter-beating warmth.

While enjoying the balmy atmosphere in the Conservatory, be sure to keep an eye open for special signs pinpointing the location of some of the Caribbean's most important plants, including the dramatic chalice vine, butterfly orchid, and Bougainvillea; delicious pineapple, coconut, mango, banana, chocolate, and vanilla; and plants with delightful names like ice cream bean, flamingo flower, Panama hat palm, lipstick tree, and autograph tree.

You'll Even Have Vacation Pictures to Take Home

During Caribbean Garden, we're running a special contest especially for our shutterbug visitors. Every Saturday during Caribbean Garden, Garden photography experts, including professional photographer and NYBG instructor Rich Pomerantz, will be on location in the Conservatory to demonstrate some of the best techniques for snapping pictures of beautiful flowers and foliage in every kind of light.

Once you've taken your best shot, join the Garden over on the photo sharing website Flickr and upload your photos from the Caribbean Garden and add them to our Group Pool. Each week, from January 15 through February 27, we'll run a contest through Flickr, in two categories: Macro shot and Sense of Place shot. At the end of six weeks, the six weekly winners in each category will be pitted against one another and two grand prize winners will win a place in an upcoming spring semester photography class offered through the Garden's Adult Education program. Only photographs taken during the Caribbean Garden can be entered into the contest and you, the visitor, will determine the winners! See the full details here.

No Vacation is Complete Without Food and a Little Adventure

For a limited time only, tickets to the Caribbean Garden are half off! That makes an adult ticket only $10, a child's ticket $4, and tickets for students and seniors only $9 (children under 2 and Members are always free). So grab the whole family and come indulge in a mini-vacation without ever having leaving the city. Warm up inside the Discovery Center with fun, hands-on family activites everyday, and on weekends, kids of all ages can explore the origin of tropical delights like vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon, and other delicious things. Learn about the life cycle of the orchid that flavors your ice cream, discover the story behind your cup of hot cocoa, and marvel at the bark that flavors your Red Hots.

Craving a more savory taste of the tropics? Stop by the Garden's two Cafes for delicious Caribbean dishes inspired by the plants growing in Caribbean Garden. And don't forget to stop by the Shop in the Garden for a few souvenirs, including beautiful tropical plants.

A day spent at the Caribbean Garden is a family vacation without breaking the bank. Start planning now!