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.

Mother's Day Weekend Garden Party Programs and Events

Tour the Native Plant Garden

Meet at the entrance to the Native Plant Garden, regularly, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Guides along the paths provide an insider's view of the newly designed Native Plant Garden. Curators will also be on hand to answer any native plant-related questions.

Birds & Butterflies Walk

Meet at the Reflecting Pool, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

The diverse habitats of the Botanical Garden offer visitors a chance to see dozens of species of birds, insects, and other fauna throughout the year. Bring your binoculars!

Home Gardening Demonstrations: Going Native

In the Native Plant Garden Pavilion, 12 and 2 p.m.

Step outside and discover a plant paradise by joining us for the opening of the Native Plant Garden. Explore the contours of the new landscape and learn what plants will thrive in a woodland, wetland, and prairie garden.

Watercolor Painting

Near the Native Plant Garden

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

Professional Photographer's Booth

In the Native Plant Garden

A professional photographer will be on hand to snap pictures of your family taken with the brilliant Native Plant Garden as your backdrop.

Lawn Games

On Daffodil Hill

Sign up for a round of croquet and see how you do at this traditional garden contest! Have a go at badminton, or if the wind is right, come fly a kite!

Music & Dance

At the Clay Family Picnic Pavilions

The band's all here to make a festive party for all our revelers! Dance along to the music from the returning Banjo Rascals!

Picnicking on Daffodil Hill

On Daffodil Hill

Food and refreshments will be for sale from various NYC food trucks from the New York Food Truck Association, including:

Eddie's Pizza
Gorilla Cheese
Kimchi Taco
Morris Grilled Cheese
Red Hook Lobster (Sunday only)
Taco Bite

Andy's Italian Ices
Coolhaus (Sunday only)

Food Samplings

On Daffodil Hill

Enjoy food samplings all weekend from some of our great partners. Partners include:

Featured Sampler: Friendship Cottage Cheese (Sunday only)

Ola! Granola
Regal Vegan
Happy Family Brands (Saturday only)
Brownie Crunch
Peeled Snacks

Children's Outdoor Nature Explorations: Birds & Nests

On Daffodil Hill

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.

Make a Card for Mom!

Along the Wetland Trail

Decorate a special card for mom on her special day! Add the photo snapped in the Native Plant Garden for a great memory of the day.

Bronx Arts Ensemble Family Concert: Jack and the Beanstalk

In the Ross Hall, Sunday, May 12, 1 and 3 p.m.

This new production by Dante Albertie and the Children's Theatre Company at Lehman, with musical arrangement for oboe, clarinet and bassoon by William Scribner is a new twist on an old tale about a boy and his magic beans. Audiences will be introduced to each musical instrument by the Bronx Arts Ensemble players and be invited to join in the adventure! Admission included with an All-Garden Pass.

A Season in Poetry

In the Native Plant Garden Pavilion, Saturday, May 11, 4 p.m.

Celebrate the season with renowned poets, Alex Dimitrov, Harmony Holiday, and Patrick Rosal, reading classic favorites as well as their own work. Co-presented with The Poetry Society of America

· A Season in Poetry is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of  Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.