The 2016 Antique Garden Furniture Fair has concluded. Stay tuned for 2017 details.

Antique Garden Furniture Fair Events & Activities

Specialty Plant Sale

April 29–May 1
Shop for the right plant for your home. The Specialty Plant Sale offers an extensive selection of unusual, colorful plants that represent some of horticulture's finest growers. A variety of shrubs and trees will be available alongside perennials, annuals, and herbs.

NYBG Shop introduces five new perennial plant packages that have been carefully selected and combined into lovely groupings for you to simply plant, water, and enjoy. Featuring unusual species of native plants, plants for sun or shade, and plants for rock and butterfly gardens, the collections are hardy and colorful, with different varieties chosen to accentuate one another. NYBG Shop is happy to assist you in designing the perfect garden for your outdoor space. Packages will be ready for purchase at the Antique Garden Furniture Fair, and are available for pre-order by calling NYBG Shop at 718.817.8869.

Plant Sale & Café Pavilion

In the Entrance Tent
STARR Events offers refreshments for purchase at the show, including tea, coffee, and light snacks. Share your well wishes with the Garden by signing our Anniversary Card, and enter for a chance to win an NYBG Lifetime Membership by sharing your most cherished Garden memories on, or on social media with #NYBG125.

A Toast to the Garden
3 p.m.
Join us in raising a toast to 125 years of Garden excellence with complimentary champagne and sweets available for purchase.

ELLE DECOR Courtyard Lounge

Enjoy lounging in a garden vignette featuring "ladies in the garden"—mannequins dressed in ball gown skirts made of Chinese newspaper, tops from pages and covers of ELLE DECOR, and Chinese straw hats. The colorful featured furniture, from the latest Roche Bobois collection—a sofa and chair seating area as well as an outdoor dining and chair area—have an Asian influence. Colorful lanterns hang from above.

Live Music

Conservatory Plaza
Friday; 1–4 p.m., Saturday & Sunday; 12–4 p.m.

Enjoy the spring season with outdoor music. On Friday, a special performance highlighting the importance and the plight of honeybees is performed by the eco-music ensemble Englewinds. On Saturday and Sunday, Sweet Megg and the Wayfarers bring swing and cabaret to the Garden.
View a schedule of performers.

Honey Sampling

Conservatory Courtyard; 12–4 p.m.
Sample honey collected from the City Island Gold Apiary, and witness bees busy at work in a see-through observation hive! Learn about the importance of these pollinators in the garden, and what you can do to help keep their populations buzzing.
Learn about the apiary.

Experts On Hand

Have a question on a particular type of antique? Find the right exhibitor to help you out. Acquiring a large or heavy piece? Home delivery can be arranged for any items purchased during the Antique Garden Furniture Fair.
View a list of attending experts.

Attending Experts

  • Adirondack Furniture: Cherry Gallery
  • Cast Iron: Village Braider, Barbara Israel, Aileen Minor, Francis Purcell
  • Carved Stone: Bob Withington, Finnegan Gallery
  • Cast Stone: Milne's At Home Antiques, Balsamo
  • Botanical Prints: Fine Antique Prints, Arader Galleries
  • Fountains: Bob Withington, Francis Purcell, Schorr and Dobinski, Jeff Henkel
  • Folk Art in the Garden: Schorr and Dobinsky, Jeff Henkel, Bob Withington
  • Garden Statuary:
  • Interior Design with Garden Antiques: Cottage + Camp, Blithewold Home, Fleur, Scott Estepp

Live Music


The award-winning eco-music ensemble Englewinds performs a virtuosic program featuring Flight of the Bumblebee by Rimsky-Korsakoff, The Bee by Sarah Davol, and other bee-related music. Englewinds musicians: Marcia Hankle, flute; Sarah Davol, oboe; Mitch Kriegler, clarinet; R.J. Kelley, horn; and Atsuko Sato, bassoon. The program offers an opportunity to reflect on the disappearance of honeybees. A New York City beekeeper will talk after the concert about honeybees and how we can help.

Saturday & Sunday

Sweet Megg and the Wayfarers transport you to a world of their own making, incorporating elements of New Orleans and Harlem swing, Parisian cabaret, and blues into one charming musical performance.

City Island Gold Apiary

Located close to Pelham Bay Park, the Apiary is an ideal setting for honeybees. By educating New Yorkers about how their food is produced, the apiary turns consumers into co-producers by way of public outreach on honeybees and conservation. They conduct "Bee Whisperers' Workshops" without protective gear, as working closely with the insects fosters an intuitive understanding of honeybee behavior.

Antique Garden Furniture Fair Events & Activities

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Antique Garden Furniture Fair Preview Party and Collectors' Plant Sale

April 28; 5:30 p.m.
Join the benefit that attracts over 600 guests to enjoy cocktails and preview the oldest and most beautiful collections of antique garden furniture and architectural artifacts in the country. The evening includes a Silent Auction with one-of-a-kind items and experiences, and a Collectors' Plant Sale that features rare and exotic plants. Special ticket required.

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Designer Chairman Ken Fulk

Ken Fulk creates experiences large and small. For 20 years, the San Francisco-based designer has been known for his richly layered interiors and over-the-top parties. In the last decade, Fulk has evolved into far more than a designer of spaces. He's now the curator of a lifestyle, not only designing clients' homes—down to their custom stationery and signature scent—but also their wardrobes, weddings, dinner parties and family vacations. His firm, Ken Fulk Inc, is a creative think tank made up of designers, artists, architects, graphic designers, brand strategists and producers—all based out of a four-story 1920s building affectionately called "The Magic Factory." The Magic Factory's New York City outpost is opening in the Spring of 2016.