Current Exhibitions and Special Events

What's Wonderful in Spring at NYBG

Experience the Garden's renowned landscapes, collections, and landmarks through a variety of themed tours and nature walks, from the early budding beauty of the Native Plant Garden to the ever-changing Perennial Garden.

Location: Throughout the Garden

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April – October

The Edible Academy

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–September 21

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

April 25 – 27

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. Benefit Preview Party and Collector's Plant Sale on April 24.

Location: Conservatory Tent

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Upcoming Exhibitions and Special Events

May 3 & 4

Wine in the Native Plant Garden

During this oenophile’s weekend, join us for a flight of palate- pleasing local wines from New York State vintners while experts on winemaking and viticulture invite you to join the conversation during presentations of their crafts.

Location: Native Plant Garden

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May 10 & 11

Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Party

Treat mom to the day out that she deserves! In fact, bring the whole family for live music, games, casual picnicking, and more—all surrounded by the most spectacular spring landscape New York has to offer.

Location: Daffodil Hill

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May 17 – September 7

Groundbreakers: Great American Gardens and The Women Who Designed Them

With a stunning evocation of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Maine, and exhibits highlighting the rich and artful history of some of the gardening world's most significant contributors, we celebrate the women who pioneered landscape and garden design, writing, and photography during the early 20th century.

Location: Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

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June 7 & 8

The Rose Garden Celebration

Come June, the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden is a sea of warm color, flush with the reds, whites, yellows, and pinks
of more than 4,000 blooming plants. In celebration of the delicate beauty that defines this collection, as well as the peak of its seasonal color, stop by for two days of live music, plant care demonstrations and tours with expert rosarians, and light summer refreshments in the shade of the garden’s overlooks.

Location: Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden

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June 14 & 15

Big Backyard BBQ & Music Festival

Make the sprawling lawns of Daffodil Hill your backyard while kicking off summer’s festivities with live music, outdoor fun, and a selection of barbecue styles. Food and drink samplings from New York-based specialty purveyors come paired with family entertainment throughout the weekend, and it’s the perfect opportunity to get dad out of the house for Father’s Day! We’ll also have an array of local New York craft brews on hand to keep you cool.

Location: Daffodil Hill

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Sundays, July 27 & August 10

Family Dinners with Mario Batali’s Chefs
A MasterCard® Priceless NY Event

Celebrate the Edible Academy and Mario Batali’s Kitchen Gardens with chefs from the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group’s acclaimed restaurants. Each dinner features a three-course, family-style menu designed by a featured chef using fresh, seasonal ingredients. Also enjoy hands-on gardening and craft activities, live cooking demonstrations by top chefs in the outdoor Whole Foods Market® Family Garden Kitchen, and more.

Location: Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden

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Ongoing Exhibitions

An Ongoing Exhibition

Plants and Fungi: Ten Current Research Stories

There's a lot more to the Garden than its beauty. Take a peek at some of the mysteries of the plant world that are being unraveled by our scientists.

Location: Britton Science Rotunda and Gallery

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This ticket includes all special exhibitions on day of visit.

An Ongoing Exhibition

''It's Your Garden'' Community Outreach Program

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

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

Annual Exhibitions and Special Events

November 15, 2014–January 11, 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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September 15–October 31, 2014

The Haunted Pumpkin Garden

Pumpkin sculptures of spooky scarecrows, frightening spiders, sneaky snakes, and more await discovery at every turn in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. The display includes more than 500 intricately carved pumpkins that are sure to capture your youngster’s imagination.

Location: Everett Children's Adventure Garden

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