Native Plant Garden Grand Opening

May 3–5 & May 11–12

Celebrate the opening of the newly designed Native Plant Garden, a showcase of the beautiful and diverse native plants of northeastern North America, with music, wine, food, expert tours, workshops, family fun, and more.

The Native Plant Garden is a gift of the Leon Levy Foundation.

The importance and beauty of plants native to northeastern North America are conveyed through a mosaic of nearly 100,000 native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, ferns, and grasses. Designed to flourish in every season, the garden also offers a stunning water feature with multiple cascades, shaded woodlands, lush wetlands, and open meadows with wildflowers that draw a colorful array of birds and butterflies.

The Native Plant Garden is designed by Sheila Brady, principal of Oehme, van Sweden & Associates. In the course of her career, she has designed many large-scale public projects, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., and the National World War II Memorial, in addition to award-winning private gardens.

Native Plant Garden Symposium

Friday, May 3, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Celebrate the opening of the new Native Plant Garden during a symposium at the Ross Hall. Hear from NYBG scientist Dr. Robert Naczi, Arthur J. Cronquist Curator of North American Botany, about how plant populations are responding to environmental change, from Dr. Douglas Tallamy on the essential role native plants play in sustaining native birds and insects, from Rick Darke on using natives to create vibrant designed landscapes, and from lead designer Sheila Brady on her vision for creating the new Native Plant Garden. Join in the official dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony, and explore the garden immediately following the symposium.

Non-Member $20/Member Free SOLD OUT

Opening Weekend Celebration

Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Learn about the Native Plant Garden and its plants to appreciate the importance of these species. Sample wine, enjoy music, and explore painting with watercolors. Kids can look for butterflies, join family scavenger hunts, and listen to native folklore. Visit Shop in the Garden to choose from a wide selection of plants to take home with you.

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Mother's Day Weekend Garden Party

Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Continue the celebration of the opening of the Native Plant Garden and treat mom to a beautiful green retreat. Play lawn games, fly a kite, and have a picnic among the Garden's spectacular spring blooms. A professional photographer 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. Some of New York City's finest food trucks will be on hand throughout the weekend, selling a mix of sweet and savory delicacies to suit almost any palate. On Sunday, May 12, take in a Bronx Arts Ensemble Family Concert, an interactive performance of the classic tale Jack and the Beanstalk.

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