Curator's Spotlight

In this Garden-wide series of distinctive installations, NYBG's curators highlight special selections from their gardens and collections, providing a glimpse into the beauty and diversity of the plant world as seen through the lens of those who
cultivate it.


Native Plant Garden

Dominated by grasses and wildflowers, the Meadow is home to a wide array of native plant species and the wildlife they support. Migratory birds find sustenance in the seeds of grasses such as little bluestem (Schizachyrium scopparium), and bees and butterflies are attracted to the tall, upright purple blooms of perennial prairie blazing star (Liatris spicata). Many other hardy herbaceous plants and grasses round out this lush, active ecosystem in summer and fall, when grasses can reach heights of over six feet.

Kiku: Spotlight on Tradition

October 31–November 29
Bourke-Sullivan Display House; 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

The chrysanthemum, kiku in Japanese, is the most celebrated of all Japanese fall-flowering plants, and the meticulously trained kiku will be on display in the Bourke-Sullivan Display House at the Nolen Greenhouses for Living Collections.

Presenting Sponsor:

Sponsored by: J.C.C. Fund of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York

Additional support provide by: Sumitomo Corporation of the Americas Foundation

Tropical Containers

Home Gardening Center

This summer, visit the Kenneth Roman Gazebo to be transported to a tropical oasis. Surround yourself with warm-weather plants selected by renowned plantsman Dennis Schrader of Landcraft Environments, Ltd., who is an expert in the cultivation of tropical species for landscape design in cooler climates.


Rock Garden

Admire wild species peonies that thrive naturally in rugged, rocky environments. Many of the species on display bloom earlier than more familiar cultivated peony varieties and are rarely seen in North American gardens.


Daffodil Hill

Cheery daffodils pop up throughout the Botanical Garden's 250 acres in spring. The most impressive display is on Daffodil Hill, where the rolling landscape is bathed in yellow and white. See antique cultivars that date to the early 20th century alongside new varieties.

Auricula Theater

Nancy Bryan Luce Herb Garden

This annual presentation, now in its ninth year, takes its place amid the herbs and flowers of the Nancy Bryan Luce Herb Garden. The charming traditional display of magnificent auricula primroses was designed by The Dowager Marchioness of Salisbury, the renowned horticulturist who restored her legendary garden at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire, England, in the spirit of its original 17th-century design.


Azalea Garden

The yellow, orange, and red blooms of witch-hazel are truly the first sign of winter's end. Enjoy the outdoors in the Azalea Garden as these plants awaken and the garden comes to life. Chinese and Japanese witch-hazel hybrids with cultivar names such as delicious 'Orange Peel' or glimmering 'Allgold' brighten up the winter landscape with their spindly flowers.


January 24–February 22
Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

Sometimes called the "rose of winter," Japanese camellias have been cultivated and hybridized by countless enthusiasts to create flowers boasting a diversity of colors, shapes, and scents. See a special collection of these popular ornamental plants in the Aquatic Gallery in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

Cool Conifers

November 15–January 19
Everett Children's Adventure Garden

Learn about these evergreen trees on your visit to the Everett Children's Adventure Garden. Head to the waterfall to see a variety of conifers and discover their unique plant parts, cones, needles, and more.

Winter Wonderland: Conifers

November 15–January 19
Ross Conifer Arboretum

Admire the brilliant red bark of the Tanyosho pines near the Visitor Center Reflecting Pool, or the range of needle color—from powder blue to bright green—showcased by the Colorado spruces in the Ross Conifer Arboretum.


June 24th – August 31
Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

Hoya isn't just a college mascot—it's an amazing tropical plant that shouldn't be missed! A variety of these trailing shrubs will be showcased in the Aquatics and Vines Gallery in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Native to the warmer regions of the Eastern Hemisphere, hoya is a popular houseplant in the United States. Its five-sided waxy blooms come in a variety of colors, from yellow to ruby-red, and often have a subtle fragrance. Most new plants are grown from cuttings, since hoya vines rarely set seed. Become acquainted with these impressive flowering plants—they might grow on you!

Elephant Ears: Colocasia

June 21 – October 5
Home Gardening Center

Colocasias are plants with the best of both worlds: they're showy and tasty. Commonly known as elephant ears, highlighting their arrow-shaped leaves, or taro, a name more often associated with its edible root, these plants will be featured in the Pauline Gillespie Gossett Plant Trials Garden in the Home Gardening Center this summer. Admire their large foliage, but don't try to take a bite—these plants can be poisonous if not prepared correctly!

Dinosaur's Dinner

June 24th – October 5
Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

Step back in time with these prehistoric plants! While their parents may have once been the dinner of dinosaurs, these fascinating plant species must've gotten something right after outliving their predators. See the Hardy Courtyard of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory as it transforms into a scene reminiscent of a millions-of-years-old forest. Admire cycads such as the sago palm, a plant whose family tree can be traced back 280 million years, or the Wollemi pine that has relatives dating to the Jurassic period. These plants are neither palms nor pines, but conifers, or trees that produce their seeds in cones. Twiggy stalks of equisetum and curls of spikemoss add to the selection of "living fossils" on display.

Edible Archway

June 21 – October 5
Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

Food can be fun in the Edible Archway, coming to the Tropical Courtyard of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory this summer. Beans, spinach, and other climbers cling to a covered walkway stretching along the perimeter of the Courtyard, showing just how pretty food can be. Chinese red noodle beans, scarlet runner beans, and hyacinth beans hang from the ceiling. The reddish vines of Malabar spinach climb up the walls, while gourds and edible pumpkins adorn the walkway. You'll see food in a whole new light.

The Meadow

July 5 – October 12
Native Plant Garden

The Meadow in the Native Plant Garden may not look like much most of the year, but in the late summer and early fall it is a sight to be seen. The dry, open landscape bursts alive with waist-high grasses and flowers, the latter of which saturate the field. Check back often to see the ever-changing "Plant of the Week," which might be prairie blazing star with its dramatic spikes of purple flowers, or coneflower and its radiating discs of yellow, or goldenrod glimmering in the late afternoon sun. Don't miss them before winter ends the show.

Elephant Ears: Alocasia

July 5 – October 5
Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

These glorious foliage plants are native to tropical Asia and Australia. Come see them add drama to the landscape at the entrance to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory this summer. Large green elephant ears of all shapes and sizes adorn the plaza in terracotta pots. These interesting ornamental plants—that can have edible roots—grow quickly and can be used in your garden at home for summer foliage impact. Close relatives, such as caladiums and syngoniums, add some color to the mix.

Cocktail Plantings

July 12 – August 31
Herb Garden

The tranquil setting of the Nancy Bryan Luce Herb Garden will become the life of the party this summer with its Cocktail Plantings. See familiar herbs, such as mint, basil, lemongrass, and rosemary in a whole new light as cocktail ingredients. Admire their scents and get recipe ideas for mint juleps, mojitos and more for your next night out. Get recipes for the Watermelon Basil Cooler and The Cuke.

Contained Enthusiasm: The Bulbs of Summer

July 12 – October 5
Home Gardening Center

This summer in the Kenneth Roman Gazebo, there will be flowers just itching to break out of their pots. Witness an assortment of beautiful bulbs, including dahlias, lilies, caladiums, and gladiolas with exotic flower colors and patterns. The display is designed by bulb expert Brent Heath of Brent and Becky's Bulbs of Gloucester, V.A. Heath, a third-generation bulb grower and a hybridizer of daffodils, has selected a number of unusual and specialty bulbs especially for this arrangement. You won't be able to contain your excitement!