Exclusive Members-Only Events and Access

Members-Only Preview

Friday, May 16; 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Members have access to the exhibition and special programs before the public opening.

  • Free parking with a valid Member ID
  • 20% off purchases at Shop in the Garden
  • 10% off at the Cafe
  • Up to four half-price tickets for friends and family

Preview Day Lecture

Beatrix Farrand's Maine Masterpiece: The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden with Patrick Chasse
Friday, May 16; 2 p.m.

Truly one of America's greatest gardens, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden draws its beauty from a harmonious combination of a dramatic natural setting, Asian sculptural and architectural elements, and masterful plantings. Renowned garden designer and Beatrix Farrand expert Patrick Chassé draws upon his 35 years of research to tell the story of this unique and quintessentially American garden from Farrand's earliest design concepts to the present.

Complimentary for Members; reservations are required. Please call 718.817.8703 or e-mail membership@nybg.org

From Ragtime to Jazz: The Roots of Pop

In Ross Hall, 1 & 3:30 p.m.

Music from the period of Groundbreakers—ragtime, jazz, Broadway, and beyond to Hollywood—had a great impact on American culture. Enjoy a variety of styles in live performances by a trio of artists, including musical producer, pianist, and historian Terry Waldo, featuring the works of Scott Joplin, Eubie Blake, Irving Berlin, and Tin Pan Alley composers such as George Gershwin, George M. Cohan, and Dorothy Fields.

Film Screening: Yours for a Song–Women of Tin Pan Alley

In Ross Hall, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.

It's a little known fact that many popular music standards of the Tin Pan Alley era were written by women. But between 1920 and 1949, 178 women joined ASCAP, and Dorothy Fields, Kay Swift, Dana Suesse and Ann Ronell were among the most influential songwriters of the time. Their music was heard everywhere—from the vaudeville stages to Broadway, across the airwaves and at the movies.

Yours for a Song, a PBS American Masters Series piece, pays tribute to the lives and work of these remarkable women. It includes archival footage, motion picture clips and rarely-seen photographs from the "Golden Age of Songwriting" as well as performance clips of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Perry Como. This film runs 55 minutes.