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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January 23 – February 21, 2016

Wild Medicine in the Tropics

Explore the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory's World of Plants 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. The Wild Medicine app is a Gold Winner, Mobile Applications, 2014 Media & Technology Muse Award, American Alliance of Museums.

Location: In the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

Included in any All-Garden Pass

January 28, February 25, & March 24, 2016

16th Annual Winter Lecture Series: Chelsea Gold

Held annually since 1912, the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show is the world’s most famous, attracting distinguished garden designers from around the world. Gold Medals are awarded to designers who meet the highest standards. This year's Winter Lecture Series features renowned garden designers who have recently claimed the honor: Ulf Nordfjell on January 28; Sarah Price on February 25; and Luciano Giubbilei on March 24.

Location: Arthur and Janet Ross Lecture Hall

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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

February 13 – 15, 2016

Culinary Kids Weekend

Join us for a weekend celebrating the relationships among plants, farms, and your favorite foods. Family Garden staff will offer cooking demonstrations, recipes, and hands-on activities, with plenty of music and tastings. Tinker with the science of kitchen chemistry and get to the root of foods at a variety of activity stations. Daily cooking demonstrations at 1 p.m. feature kid-friendly recipes. Learn from a chef as they share tips and samples!

Location: In the Conservatory Tent

Included in any All-Garden Pass

February 14, 2016

Valentine’s Day

Stroll through the expansive Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, talk to guides on hand about the many aphrodisiac plants that can be found at the Garden, and enjoy expert-led chocolate discussions and tastings—all included with an All-Garden Pass. A pop-up bar in the warmth of the Conservatory will be available with champagne, beer, and wine—all available for purchase.

Location: In the Hudson Garden Grill

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What's Wonderful in Winter

Experience the Garden's renowned landscapes, collections, and architecture through a variety of themed tours and nature walks, enjoying the unique shapes and shadows of winter at NYBG.

Location: Throughout the Garden

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

February 23, 2016

The Orchid Dinner

The New York Botanical Garden will host its annual Orchid Dinner on Tuesday, February 23. The historic landmark hotel, The Plaza, will be the stage for a magnificent showcase of orchid centerpieces created by the world’s leading designers from the worlds of fashion, interior design, landscape design, floral design, and architecture. During the cocktail hour, guests partake in a sale of exceptional and rare orchids carefully selected by NYBG’s curators and bid on exclusive Silent Auction items. All proceeds from the Dinner underwrite the development of the Garden’s orchid research collection, which helps maintain the highest horticultural standards of orchid conservation.

Location: The Plaza Hotel

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February 27 – April 17, 2016

The Orchid Show: Orchidelirium

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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This ticket includes all special exhibitions on day of visit.

March – April, 2016

Orchid Evenings

Stroll through The Orchid Show: Orchidelirium with a cocktail in hand while music and unmatched beauty create one of New York City’s most romantic date destinations. On select evenings, upgrade your experience with the Young Garden Circle Orchid Lounge for skip-the-line access; an open bar featuring beer, wine, and specialty cocktails; and light bites for an unforgettable night.

Location: Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

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April 23 & 24, 2016

Daffodil Celebration and Wine Weekend

The eagerly anticipated bloom of 150,000 daffodil bulbs—planted in November 2015 to bloom alongside the historic daffodil display at Daffodil Hill—provides a stunning backdrop for this oenophile’s weekend. New York State vintners offer a flight of palate-pleasing local wines while experts on winemaking and viticulture host demonstrations and discussions during presentations of their crafts.

Location: On Daffodil HIll

Included in any All-Garden Pass

April 29 – May 1, 2016

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

Long held as the country’s most renowned stage for authentic garden antiques and rarities, the Antique Garden Furniture Fair returns to The New York Botanical Garden with an expansive collection of ornament, decorative art, and timeless furniture for the home and garden. More than 30 established exhibitors display centuries of classic design inspiration gathered from across the United States and Europe.

Location: Conservatory Tent

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May 7 & 8, 2016

Mother's Day Weekend Garden Party

The most spectacular spring landscape New York City has to offer is the setting for live music, games, picnicking, and more. After a significant restoration and expansion, the historic Lilac Collection reopens, making room for more Garden spots to play and relax. Make a reservation for a delicious brunch and enjoy other special activities.

Location: On Daffodil Hill

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May 14 – September 11, 2016

Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas

Explore the inspiration behind American Impressionism in a display of painting and sculpture by iconic artists such as Frederick Childe Hassam and John Singer Sargent, and stroll through beautiful evocations of the gardens depicted in their quintessential landscapes at the turn of the 20th century.

Location: Throughout the Garden

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May 14 – September 11, 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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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

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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