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Featured Programs

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Poetry for Every Season

Co-presented with

Key West Poetry Walk
March 1–April 21
Take a stroll through the Perennial Garden and view poems that highlight the work of the island's important 20th-century American poets who frequented Key West including James Merrill, Richard Wilbur, and Elizabeth Bishop. An audio tour narrated by Alice Quinn, Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America, will accompany the Poetry Walk.

Key West Poetry Reading
Sunday, April 6; 2 p.m.
Renowned poets Henri Cole, David Yezzi, and Tracy K. Smith read the works of the famed American poets featured in the Poetry Walk.
Advance tickets recommended

About the poets
Henri Cole was born in Fukuoka, Japan, in 1956. He has published eight collections of poetry, including Middle Earth, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. He has received many awards for his work, including the Jackson Prize, the Kingsley Tufts Award, the Rome Prize, the Berlin Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Lenore Marshall Award. His most recent collection is Touch (published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2011). He teaches at Ohio State University and is poetry editor of The New Republic.

David Yezzi's books of poems include Azores, a Slate magazine book of the year, and Birds of the Air. His libretto for David Conte's opera Firebird Motel has been performed widely and is available on CD from Arsis. He teaches in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

Tracy K. Smith is the author of three books of poetry. Her most recent collection, Life on Mars (Graywolf, 2011), won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book. Smith, in her own words, explains that poetry is a way of "stepping into the mess of experience." After her undergraduate work at Harvard, Smith earned her MFA at Columbia before going on to be a Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University from 1997 to 1999. She currently teaches Creative Writing at Princeton University, and has also taught at Columbia, City University of New York, and the University of Pittsburgh.

Orchid Care Demonstrations

Saturdays and Sundays (and Mondays, April 14 & 21); 2 & 3 p.m.

This series of hands-on demonstrations shows you how to grow and care for orchids at home. Topics vary each weekend and will cover the most frequently asked questions on subjects such as Potting and Dividing Orchids, Basic Orchid Care, and Fragrant Orchids. View the list of weekly topics.

Escape to Paradise: The Music of Key West

Saturdays and Sundays (and Mondays, April 14 & 21); 1 & 3 p.m.*
(*April 6, 1 & 3:30 p.m.)

The sounds of tropical rock and island music transport you to Key West with lyrics that evoke a warm, lush locale and a laid-back lifestyle, plus rhythms of the acoustic guitar, congas, and percussion instruments.

About the Band
Jimmy Kenny and The Pirate Beach Band's musicians have over 20 years of live playing experience. They pride themselves on bringing the most authentic listening experience possible in a tribute to the music of Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney and the Zac Brown Band among others, including your favorite tropical hits, reggae, Top 40 Americana, and the best in New and Classic Country.

Roaming Orchid Guides and Tours

Daily, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

The Orchid Show Tour
Tuesdays–Fridays, 12:30 p.m.

Torrey Botanical Society Presentation:
Cultivating Beauty: The Ethnobotany and Biology
of the Orchid Family

Sunday, March 9, 4 p.m.
In the Ross Hall

Talk and Booksigning: Island Hopping for Caribbean Orchids

Sunday, April 13, 4 p.m.
In the Ross Hall

Orchid Care Q&A

Saturdays and Sundays, (and Mondays, April 14 & 21), 1:30–4:30 p.m.
In Shop in the Garden

Gardening and orchid experts share their best secrets and explain the simple steps to healthy plants as they help you choose the right plant for your home.

Orchid Classes

Orchid Growing 101
Saturday, March 8; 10 a.m.–1 p.m., NYBG
Not all orchids are prima donnas—difficult and demanding. Many are easy houseplants that can be grown without a fuss. Learn to choose the right orchid for your indoor space.

Divide, Repot, Rejuvenate!
Saturday, March 22 or Saturday, April 5; 10 a.m.–1 p.m., NYBG
Nervous about repotting and transplanting your orchids? Sooner or later, you need to do it. Learn how in this informative and hands-on session.

Troubleshooting for Orchids
Saturday, March 29; 10 a.m.–1 p.m., NYBG
This practical troubleshooting class demystifies orchid care and puts you on the road to success.

Living Décor: Terrariums with Orchids
Thursday, April 10; 6–8 p.m., NYBG
Orchids under glass make a striking statement. Learn to create your own terrarium to take home with a miniature live orchid inside!

(Prices vary)

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Science Program: Terrace Talk

April 20, 2-3:30 p.m.
At the Pfizer Lab Terrace