Fifty Gardens and Collections Comprise More Than One Million Plants
The New York Botanical Garden welcomes more than one million visitors each year. Whether they come to see an exhibition, to attend an outdoor concert, or to take a class, each of these visitors spends time enjoying the Garden’s National Historic Landmark landscape, which serves as a green oasis of beauty and tranquility in the middle of one of the world’s largest and most frenetic urban centers.
The Garden’s beauty is derived from its splendid natural site, historic and contemporary architecture, and the 50 gardens, collections, and displays that have been developed since the late 1800s to serve the institution’s education, research, and horticulture programs. Over the past 20 years, approximately 175 acres of the Garden’s 250-acre landscape and living collections have undergone an unprecedented program of restoration, revitalization, and enhancement. Today Garden visitors have more to see and do than ever before in the institution’s distinguished history.
The transformation of the Garden’s historic landscape began in the mid-1990s with the restoration of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory and has continued unabated. The most recent set of projects completed includes the expansion and enhancement of the Burn Family Lilac Collection, the addition of 100 new herbaceous peonies to the Matelich Anniversary Peony Collection, Piet Oudolf’s redesign of the Marjorie G. Rosen Seasonal Walk, and the planting of 150,000 new daffodils on Daffodil Hill, the first stage of the Million Daffodils project. Collectively these projects add multi-season beauty for all visitors, inspiring content for home gardeners, and depth to the Garden’s diverse educational programs.
Landmark Grounds and Buildings
NYBG is a National Historic Landmark, due not only to its important natural and designed landscape features, but also because of the architectural excellence of its historic buildings. Three buildings—The Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill, the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, and the LuEsther T. Mertz Library Building—are also New York City Landmarks.
The Goldman Stone Mill (circa 1840) is the Garden’s earliest, most picturesque landmark. This fieldstone building has served many purposes over the years since it was inherited by the Garden in 1891, but its historical integrity has always been maintained. The Stone Mill reopened in 2011 after a major environmentally sensitive and historically accurate renovation that will extend the beauty and utility of this New York City architectural treasure for generations to come.
The Haupt Conservatory (1902) is the Garden’s most famous and iconic building. Designed by the glasshouse architectural firm Lord & Burnham, it is the best example in the United States of the Crystal Palace glass-and-steel school of design. A major renovation in the mid-1990s resulted in a historically faithful, environmentally functional building that will continue for decades as a home for A World of Plants and for annual seasonal exhibitions.
The LuEsther T. Mertz Library Building (1901), the Fountain of Life (1905), and Tulip Tree Allée (1903–1911) are all part of the Garden’s Beaux Arts complex. The neo-Renaissance building, fountain, and allée form an impressive civic space that celebrates the arts of landscaping, architecture, and sculpture.
NYBG Shop offers signature items for home and garden, as well as rare and unusual plants for indoors and out, nature-inspired toys, botanical jewelry and accessories, exhibition-related items, and more, both in-store and online. The Shop’s expertly curated selection of gardening and horticulture books provides insight for beginner and experienced gardeners alike.
STARR Catering Group’s innovative approach to dining is available at two on-site venues: the Pine Tree Café, offering first-class culinary creations from artisanal panini, Neapolitan-style pizza, and signature salads to sweet treats and snacks, as well as the Hudson Garden Grill, a full-service destination featuring a menu of New American cuisine inspired by locally sourced ingredients from Hudson Valley farms and other regional producers.