Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Party

May 12 & 13, 2012, Noon – 5 p.m.

May 12 & 13, Noon – 5 p.m. on Daffodil Hill and in the Azalea Garden

Treat mom to a beautiful green retreat. Play lawn games such as badminton and croquet, fly a kite, and have a picnic among the Garden's spectacular spring color. Professional photographers will be on hand to snap pictures for you to take home. Kids can enjoy hands-on nature activities and create a greeting card for the occasion. On Sunday, May 13, take in a Bronx Arts Ensemble Family Concert, an interactive performance of the classic tale Beauty and the Beast. Get Your Tickets

Badminton Games
Have a go at this favorite garden party game.

Croquet Games
Sign up for a round and see how you do at this traditional garden contest!

Kite Flying
If the wind is right, come fly a kite!

Ragtime Music
The band’s all here to make a festive party for all our revelers! The Banjo Rascals play tunes by John Philip Sousa, Scott Joplin, and their contemporaries.

Picnicking on Daffodil Hill
Food and refreshments will be for sale from various NYC food trucks from the New York Food Truck Association (for a full list, see the sidebar at right).

Food Sampling
Decorate your own cupcake with Nicole Friday on Saturday and enjoy food samplings from some great partners all weekend (for a full list, see the sidebar at right).

Children’s Outdoor Nature Explorations: Birds and Nests
Appreciate all of the moms in nature caring for their young! Weave a bird’s nest and craft a bird out of clay to take home. Then head to the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden to pick up a scavenger hunt and learn more about the birds found at the Garden. Record those that you see on our citizen science chart.

Professional Photographer’s Booth
Professional photographers will be on hand to snap pictures of your family taken with the brilliant Azalea Garden as your backdrop. Choose one to print or visit their website to purchase more online.

Make a card for Mom!
Decorate a special card for mom on her special day! Add the photo snapped in the Azalea Garden and add designs from the craft station at the Clay Family Picnic Pavilions.

Watercolor Painting
Pick up a palette and let the Garden be your muse. Borrow materials and set yourself up in a number of inspiring overlooks.

Home Gardening Demonstration: Sow and Grow–2 p.m.
Join Gardener for Public Education Sonia Uyterhoeven for an activity-based demonstration on how to sow seeds and transplant young seedlings into your garden. Different techniques will be covered and participation is encouraged with a take home treat for mom.

Also to enjoy this weekend:

A Season in Poetry Saturday, May 12, 4 p.m.
In the Perennial Garden
Celebrate the season with renowned poets Erika Meitner, Benjamin Paloff, and Thomas Sleigh reading classic favorites as well as their own. Co-presented with the Poetry Society of America

Bronx Arts Ensemble Family Concert: Beauty and the Beast Sunday, May 13, 1 & 3 p.m.
In the Ross Hall
She is a delicate flower. He eats with his feet. She smells like lilacs. He smells like ... not lilacs. Join the Lehman Children's Theatre Company as they reinterpret the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast adding a sprinkle of their special brand of fairy tale sketch comedy, with musical accompaniment by the Bronx Arts Ensemble. The audience will be introduced to each musical instrument and join in the adventure! Admission included with All-Garden Pass.