Caribbean Garden

January 21-February 26, 2012

Take refuge from winter by retreating to Caribbean Garden. Immerse yourself amid tropical trees, flowers, and foliage in the warmth of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Learn photography and salsa, and let the kids explore and discover tropical treasures--you'll feel like you're on vacation without leaving New York. Get Your Tickets

The Beauty of the Caribbean: A Photographic Tour

On view during regular Garden hours

Travel the islands under the glittering galleries of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. During your Garden visit, learn about plants and flowers found in the Caribbean through a display of exceptional photographs from the prestigious International Garden Photographer of the Year Contest, of which the Botanical Garden is the U.S. partner. Access additional details about the displayed photographs via your smartphone.

The Caribbean Garden Photography Contest

After viewing the award-winning photographs from the International Garden Photographer of the Year display, take a spin through the Conservatory and snap your own pictures for entering into the Caribbean Garden Photography Contest. This year's contest is all about inspiration: be inspired by the natural beauty of the Conservatory, be inspired by the award-winning photographs from around the world, be inspired by our on-site photography experts (Sundays only, see below), and be inspired by the community of your fellow photographers in the NYBG Flickr Group Pool. Full details here.

Salsa: Listen and Learn

Saturdays, 2 p.m.

Heat things up and escape the cold! Discover the Caribbean origins of salsa music. Educator José Obando brings a collection of salsa memorabilia and traditional instruments to help tell the story. Listen to a demonstration of the salsa beats and learn a few dance steps.

Photography Tips and Tricks

Sundays, 1–3 p.m.

Want to hone your craft, learn new photography tips, or just figure out how to focus on a flower? Each Sunday, one of two NYBG photography instructors and professional photographers--Rich Pomerantz or Alan Detrick--will be in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory to dispense tips, encouragement, and critique for budding photographers. After your lesson, be sure to enter your masterpieces into the Caribbean Garden Photography Contest for your chance to win an NYBG Adult Education gift certificate!

For Families:

Adventures in Adaptations


Embark on a scavenger hunt throughout the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory and Garden grounds. A scientist has been traveling the world studying plant adaptations, and we need your help to figure out where he’s been--and where he’s headed next! Pick up your field notebook at ticketing booths and begin the search in the Conservatory. Preview the first clue from home.

Tropical Discoveries and Wintertime Wonders


Explore plants native to New York in the winter wonderland of the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. Sort fruits and leaves from around the world, and pot up plants from both climates to take home.

Can't make it to the Garden, or just want to practice at home? Check out these great photo tips from professional photographer Rich Pomerantz