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From Ragtime to Jazz: The Roots of Pop

Saturdays and Sundays, plus Holiday Mondays; 1 & 3:30 p.m. In Ross Hall
(Exceptions: May 17 and 24, 3:30 p.m. only; June 7 & 8 at the Rose Garden)

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: The Women of Tin Pan Alley

Saturdays and Sundays; 2 p.m. In Ross Hall
(Exceptions: May 17, 24, 31, and June 1, 11 a.m.; June 7 & 8, no screenings)

Many popular music standards of the Tin Pan Alley era (1920–49) were written by women, including Dorothy Fields, Kay Swift, Dana Suesse, and Ann Ronell, who were among the most influential songwriters of the time. This PBS documentary includes archival footage, motion picture clips, and rarely seen photographs, as well as performance clips of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Perry Como.

Groundbreaking Women in Science

In conjunction with the Groundbreakers exhibition, informative panels in the Haupt Conservatory profile six influential women in science, including NYBG co-founder Elizabeth Knight Britton in the early 1900s to current NYBG scientist Amy Litt, Ph.D. From breaking barriers to making breakthrough discoveries, these remarkable women have made important advances and contributions to the field through their studies of plants.

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Garden Photography Encounters

Daily; 10 a.m.–6 p.m. In the Conservatory

Learn how to compose a beautiful image by honing important elements of design and style used by the photographers featured in the exhibition.

Poetry for Every Season

Groundbreakers Poetry Walk
Enjoy a stroll through the Garden's landscape and read a curated selection of Pulitzer Prize-winner Edna St. Vincent Millay's poems. Many poems reference plants and flowers found in the Garden's collections during the peak flowering season.

Groundbreakers Poetry Reading
Saturday, May 24; 1 p.m. In Ross Hall
Prominent feminist poet Eavan Boland reads works by Edna St. Vincent Millay, and discusses their meaning and historical context at a special reading. Advance tickets recommended.

Opening Weekend Lecture:
Picturing a Beautiful America with Curator Sam Watters

Saturday, May 17; 1 p.m.

As guardians of home and community, women in 1900 launched the Garden Beautiful movement, a response to the environmental wreckage of the industrial Gilded Age. Confident that new landscape design and horticulture could green America back to beauty, they founded garden clubs and hired professional photographers to publicize their hopeful message. With spectacular colored slides not seen since 1930, Curator of Gardens for a Beautiful America: The Women Who Photographed Them Sam Watters presents a virtual tour of estate gardens, East and West, as seen through the eyes and lenses of three pioneering photojournalists who used new camera technologies and the rise of photo-editorials in national magazines to define and interpret the new American garden.

Non-Member $30/Member $5; Advance tickets recommended

Jazz Age Evenings: Cocktails, Concerts, and Dancing

Thursdays, June 26, July 24, and August 21

Enjoy the Groundbreakers exhibition while sipping a complimentary cocktail. Then immerse yourself in the spirit of the Jazz Age with musical performances featuring Hot Jazz of the Roaring Twenties; big band dance music; and the sophisticated sounds of swing. Learn the dances of the era, such as the Charleston, and dance under the stars. Additional cocktails and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Science Open House—Four Days Only!

May 29–June 1, 2014
Across the Science Campus and Conservatory Vicinity

Partake in behind-the-scenes tours and more through the eyes of our scientists during this once a year event!

*Grounds admission required for Science Open House programming; Conservatory tours require an All-Garden Pass ticket.

Weird, Wild & Wonderful: An Evening of Women, Art & Botany featuring Elizabeth Gilbert & Amy Stewart

May 29, 6–9 p.m. In the Ross Lecture Hall

Don't miss an entertaining and wide-ranging conversation between best-selling authors Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love and The Signature of All Things) and Amy Stewart (Wicked Plants and The Drunken Botanist), in a special evening featuring an after-hours viewing of the new Weird, Wild, and Wonderful exhibition of contemporary botanical art. The evening includes presentations by a Garden scientist profiling “Wonder Women of Science” and contemporary botanical artists discussing the important role artists play in depicting the word's amazing flora. Attendees can purchase custom cocktails crafted by Amy Stewart specifically for this event.

Special registration is required for this event. Register here.

Lecture Series:
Breaking Ground: American Women Landscape Pioneers

May 21, June 4, and June 18, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. In the Ross Lecture Hall

This lecture series tells the fascinating story of three landscape designers who transformed the wealth of the Gilded Age into timeless American landscapes and became leading figures in a profession dominated by men. Each talk will introduce one of these enterprising women's iconic landscapes and include a visit to see her contributions to the Garden's landscape.

Estate & Garden Visits

May 22 & June 5

Enjoy day trips to gardens designed by the landscape architects featured in Groundbreakers, including Delaware's Winterthur Garden and the Arboreta of Pennsylvania.

Women and the City: From a Landscape Perspective

Friday, June 20; 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Moderated by Thaisa Way, Ph.D., this symposium explores how women in landscape architecture have contributed to the shaping of urban spaces and city places through their roles as urban designers, planners, landscape architects, photographers, and writers.

Non-Member $20/Member $10; visit