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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August 25, 2016

NYBG/125 Evenings: Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks

Listen to some of the best tunes from the Jazz Age, performed by one of New York's renowned jazz bands, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks.

Location: On the Conservatory Lawn

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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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What's Wonderful in Summer

Experience the Garden's renowned landscapes, collections, and architecture through a variety of themed tours and nature walks, enjoying the rich greenery of summer 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

September 17–18, 2016

Blues, Brews & Botany

Discover the connections between beer and botany with music, tastings, and talks by Garden scientitsts. Purchase a souvenir beer tumbler to enjoy a flight of palate-pleasing brews from New York State and beyond.

Location: Throughout the Garden

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September 17–October 30, 2016

Scarecrows & Pumpkins

Enjoy this bountiful time of year with eye-popping pumpkins, spooky scarecrows, and plenty of family fun.

Location: Everett Children’s Adventure Garden

Included in any All-Garden Pass

September 25, 2016

The Edible Academy Family Garden Picnic

Come one, come all for an afternoon of outdoor discovery, and join special guest, Chef Carla Hall, co-host of ABC's The Chew. Kids of any age will enjoy a delicious picnic, kitchen crafts, organic vegetable gardening activities, live music, and so much more!

Location: Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden

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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

Included in any All-Garden Pass

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October 13, 2016

Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden Reception & Dinner

Enjoy an evening among our acclaimed fall exhibition, Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden, sip on a variety of delicious sake, and take in the sounds of traditional Japanese music. This one-of-a-kind event benefiting our Fund for Horticulture includes exclusive tours and an elegant dinner inspired by Japanese cuisine. The evening will honor Judy and Michael Steinhardt and Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas).

Location: Throughout the Garden

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October 8–February 12

Redouté to Warhol: Bunny Mellon’s Botanical Art

This exhibition in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library’s Art Gallery—presented in partnership with the Oak Spring Garden Foundation— features masterworks from the Oak Spring Garden Library collection belonging to the late Rachel Lambert (“Bunny”) Mellon.

Location: LuEsther T. Mertz Library Art Gallery

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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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February 18–April 9, 2017

The Orchid Show

During this stunning annual Garden tradition, explore an expanded showcase of magnificent orchids inside the Haupt Conservatory before stepping outside to enjoy a complementary schedule of events and activities.

Location: Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

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April 22–October 29, 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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