Current Exhibitions and Special Events

September 20 – October 31, 2014

The Haunted Pumpkin Garden

Bring your whole family to enjoy this exciting annual tradition at the Garden. This year, The Haunted Pumpkin Garden combines the spooky fun of Halloween festivities with an astonishing display of the most eye-catching and intriguing pumpkins and gourds.

Location: Everett Children's Adventure Garden

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October 2 – 26, 2014

Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden

The chrysanthemum, kiku in Japanese, is the most celebrated of all Japanese fall-flowering plants, and hundreds of meticulously trained kiku will be on display in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Stroll the grounds to explore a Japanese tree tour and enjoy haiku in the perennial garden. Special weekend events spotlight the arts of bonsai and ikebana, as well taiko drumming and celebrate the importance of flowers in Japanese culture.

Location: Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

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October 18, 24, 25, & 31

Spooky Nighttime Adventures

Grab a ConEdison flashlight and explore the exhibit as you travel along the Whole Foods Market® Trick-or-Treat Trail after dark. Listen for critters of the night or sit in on a spooky ghost story. Capture a family photo with larger-than-life skeletons and costumed characters. For those who dare, see the giant pumpkin displays illuminated in the darkness and journey along the meandering Mitsubishi Wild Wetland Trail.

Location: Throughout the Everett Children's Adventure Garden

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What's Wonderful in Early Fall

Experience the Garden's renowned landscapes, collections, and landmarks through a variety of themed tours and nature walks, from the autumn variety of the Native Plant Garden to the classic hues of Seasonal Walk.

Location: Throughout the Garden

Included in any All-Garden Pass

April – October

The Edible Academy Programs

The Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden is home to the Edible Academy programs. Together they bring plenty of fun for adults and kids alike, with cooking demonstrations in the Whole Foods Market® Family Garden Kitchen; daily, family-friendly activities; and hands-on gardening.

Location: Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden

Included in any All-Garden Pass

April 19 – October 26, 2014

Weird, Wild, & Wonderful

In homage to the beauty of the botanical world’s most bizarre flora, the Garden invited members of the American Society of Botanical Artists to participate in a study of the eccentric, creating works of art based on visually unusual plants chosen by the artists themselves. View the results of their efforts—46 captivating paintings and illustrations of exotic specimens—on display in the Ross Gallery.

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

An Ongoing Exhibition

Join us at upcoming family-friendly cultural activities and programs as part of "It's Your Garden," a new program of community outreach presented by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Location: Throughout the Garden

Upcoming Exhibitions and Special Events

November 1 & 2 and 8 & 9, 2014

Fall Forest Weekends

Explore the Thain Family Forest, the largest remaining tract of old-growth forest in New York City, and immerse yourself in the magnificent colors of fall foliage.

Location: Thain Family Forest

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November 15, 2014 – January 19, 2015

Holiday Train Show

Marvel at model trains zipping around New York landmark replicas in the warm Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, stroll the spectacular grounds, enjoy hands-on holiday fun for the entire family, and get your holiday shopping done, too!

Location: Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

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November 15, 2014 – January 19, 2015

Flora Illustrata: A Celebration of Botanical Masterworks

In this sumptuous exhibition in the Art Gallery visitors are introduced to some of the Library’s most fascinating works—exceedingly rare books, stunning botanical artworks, illustrated manuscripts, medieval herbals, exquisite garden prints and flower books, nursery catalogs, explorers’ notebooks, and more.

Location: The Art Gallery

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November 15, 2014 – January 19, 2015

Hudson Valley Seed Library: Art of the Heirloom

An exhibition in the Ross Gallery, Art of the Heirloom celebrates the delightful intersection of art and garden. For the 2015 collection, over 400 artists applied for only 16 available commissions for the Hudson Valley Seed Packet collection. Featured artists range from the up-and-coming to the world-renowned, working in watercolor, collage, oil, letterpress, embroidery, and more.

Location: In the Ross Gallery

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November 21, 2014 – January 10, 2015

Bar Car Nights

One of New York's most cherished evening outings just got bigger! Festive and romantic outdoor activities set a cozy scene for experiencing the Holiday Train Show® during these nights for adults, now with more dates than ever before. Pick up a complimentary drink as you explore the Haupt Conservatory after dark, viewing the trains and architecture of this annual tradition before heading outside for new seasonal fun.

Location: Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

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November 23, December 7 & 21

Winter Harmonies Concert Series

Concerts with leading artists provide a warm respite from the winter cold along with lovely musical interludes during your visit to the Holiday Train Show®. Intimate post-performance conversations with the artists—moderated by series curator and composer Laura Kaminsky—allow for unique insights into the music and the music-making process.

Location: In Ross Hall

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January 24 – February 22, 2015

Wild Medicine in the Tropics

Explore the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory’s upland and lowland rain forests to discover plants used for health and wellness. The award-winning companion app, Wild Medicine, gives you an in-depth look at the medicinal qualities of some of the most important plants featured in the permanent collection.

Location: Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

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February 28 – April 19, 2015

The Orchid Show

Elaborate and kaleidoscopic displays throughout the galleries of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory explode with orchids in an amazing array of colors, shapes, sizes, and textures.

Location: Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

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April 24 - 26, 2015

Antique Garden Furniture Fair: Antiques for the Garden and the Garden Room

This beautiful show has been refreshed to include many new and exciting dealers specializing in sculpture, ornament, and furniture for the garden, and garden-related objects for the home. Bold and refined, contemporary and classic—and more engaging than ever.

Location: Conservatory Tent

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May 16 – November 1, 2015

FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life

FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life will focus on the iconic artist's engagement with nature in her native country of Mexico. The exhibition will be the first solo presentation of Kahlo's work in New York City in more than 25 years, and the first exhibition to focus exclusively on her intense interest in the botanical world.

Location: Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

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