Opening Weekend Events

Learn about the Native Plant Garden and its plants to appreciate the importance of these species. Sample wine, enjoy music, and explore painting with watercolors. Kids can look for butterflies, join family scavenger hunts, and listen to native folklore. Visit Shop in the Garden to choose from a wide selection of plants to take home with you.

Guided Tours of the Native Plant Garden
Regularly, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Meet at the entrance to the Native Plant Garden
Join a tour guide for an insider's view of the newly designed Native Plant Garden. Curators will also be on hand to answer any native plant-related questions.

Bird Walks
Meet at the Reflecting Pool, 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
The diverse habitats of the Botanical Garden offer visitors a chance to see dozens of species of birds throughout the year. Bring your binoculars and walk around the Native Plant Garden with an expert.

Home Gardening Demonstrations: Going Native
In the Native Plant Garden Gazebo, 12 & 2 p.m.
Step outside and discover a plant paradise by joining us for the opening of the Native Plant Garden. Explore the contours of the new landscape, journeying through a woodland, wetland, and prairie garden.

Watercolor Painting
Near the Native Plant Garden, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Pick up a palette and let the Garden be your muse. Borrow materials and set yourself up in a number of inspiring overlooks near the Native Plant Garden.

Music by Milton
At the Reflecting Pool, 12 - 4:30 p.m.
Partake in the revelry of the Opening Weekend fanfare with bluegrass and folks tunes played by Milton.

Family Story Circle: Native Folklore
Plaza in the Children's Adventure Garden, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Take a break from the day's activities and enjoy listening to local folklore about native plants.

Family Fun
Children's Adventure Garden, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Pick up an Urban Hike Kit and start exploring the flora and fauna of the Native Plant Garden with the help of a scavenger hunt for families.

Festival Partner Activity Booths & Workshops
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Meet the members of various local organizations who also celebrate and steward native plants and habitats. Special talks to occur at select times. Attending organizations to include New York City Audubon, Bronx Green-Up, Butterfly Project, Connecticut Botanical Society, Native Plant Center at Westchester Community College, Teatown Lake Reservation, and Torrey Botanical Society.