Current Exhibitions and Special Events

NYBG/125: NYBG Turns 125 in 2016

After more than a century at the forefront of New York City's cultural landscape, The New York Botanical Garden now serves as home to decades of moments and memories, each one an important scene in the ongoing story that defines this iconic institution. In honor of that story, and in celebration of our 125th anniversary in 2016, NYBG invites you to share your favorite Garden memories.

Location: Throughout the Garden

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May 14–September 11, 2016

Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas

American Impressionism, a prominent artistic style that flourished at the turn of the 20th century, comes to life in a captivating Garden-wide exhibition.

Location: Throughout the Garden

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Select dates June–August, 2016

NYBG/125 Evenings

This event series celebrates NYBG's 125th Anniversary and complements the Garden's spring and summer programs with lively performances on the Conservatory Lawn under the evening sky. Enjoy an evening viewing of Impressionism: American Gardens On Canvas, and bring your picnic blanket to take in each show with a complimentary drink and refreshments for purchase from the 1891 Alehouse.

Location: On the Conservatory Lawn

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What's Wonderful in Spring

Experience the Garden's renowned landscapes, collections, and architecture through a variety of themed tours and nature walks, enjoying the vibrant colors of spring at NYBG.

Location: Throughout the Garden

Included in any All-Garden Pass

November 21, 2015–July 31, 2016

Celebrating The New York Botanical Garden: 125 Years

For more than 13 years, Larry Lederman, photographer and member of NYBG’s Board of Advisors, has been observing and photographing the Garden in all seasons and at all times of day. The captivating new photographs on view during this exhibition convey his unique artistic vision and the unparalleled natural beauty of NYBG at its most splendid. These images are a tribute to the Garden’s history and a prologue to its exciting future.

Location: In the Ross Gallery

Included in any All-Garden Pass

Curator's Spotlight

In this Garden-wide series of small installations, NYBG's curators highlight special selections from their gardens and collections, providing a glimpse into the beauty and diversity of the plant world as seen through the lens of those who cultivate it.

Location: Throughout the Garden

Included in any All-Garden Pass

An Ongoing Program

MetLife Healthy Families Program

The Garden, with support from MetLife Foundation, has developed The MetLife Healthy Families Program to expand nutrition education and opportunities for exercise at the Garden. The program includes Heart Smart, which provides free information and activities at our weekly Greenmarket to promote cardiovascular health.

Location: Throughout the Garden

Upcoming Exhibitions and Special Events

June 4 & 5, 2016

Rose Garden Weekend

Celebrate the peak of color and beauty in the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden. Stop by for two days of live music, plant care demonstrations, tours with expert rosarians, and refreshments in the shade of the garden’s overlooks.

Location: In the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden

Included in any All-Garden Pass

June 9, 2016

NYBG/125 Anniversary Concert: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

This evening performance is SOLD OUT.

NYBG's 125th Anniversary celebration reaches its peak with an al fresco performance by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and its renowned trumpeter and music director, Wynton Marsalis. Join us for an evening in the Garden, with the splendor of the Conservatory Lawn serving as the backdrop for first-class jazz from some of the world's greatest performers, composers, and improvisers—and special guests soon to be announced.

Location: On the Conservatory Lawn

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October 8–30, 2016

Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden

The chrysanthemum, kiku in Japanese, is the most celebrated of all Japanese fall-flowering plants. Enjoy a stunning exhibition of these carefully trained flowers in the Haupt Conservatory.

Location: Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

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November 19, 2016–January 16, 2017

Holiday Train Show

For the 25th anniversary of NYC's favorite winter tradition, enchanting model trains zip through a display of 150 landmarks, each re-created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials under the twinkling glow of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

Location: Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

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Beginning Spring 2017

CHIHULY

For the first time in more than ten years, the artwork of world-renowned sculptor Dale Chihuly will be featured in a major exhibition in New York.

Location: Throughout the Garden

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