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Archive: May 2008

Weekend Programming: Darwin and Moore, Together at Last

Posted in Exhibitions, Moore in America, Programs and Events on May 29 2008, by Plant Talk

Henry Moore is standing tall across the Garden and the Darwin exhibit is still going strong. Both of these wonderful exhibits have a slew of complementary programs. Want to take a guided tour highlighting the Moore sculpture, see the newly budding roses, go on a bird walk, learn the science of Charles Darwin, or find something to keep the kids occupied? This Friday through Sunday is jam packed with all of that and more.

Check out the full list after the jump.

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Moore Is Here, but How Did He Get Here?

Posted in Exhibitions, Exhibitions, Moore in America, Video on May 29 2008, by Plant Talk

It wasn’t easy, but the iconic works of Henry Moore have landed on the sprawling grounds of The New York Botanical Garden. It took a lot of time, manpower, and heavy machinery, but some of his largest and most majestic works are here to visit through November 2, 2008. While many people will see this amazing sculpture, few got a chance to see how it was installed. So here you are with the installation of Large Reclining Figure:

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Tip of the Week — 5/27/08

Posted in Gardening Tips on May 27 2008, by Sonia Uyterhoeven

Annual Affairs
Sonia Uyterhoeven is Gardener for Public Education at The New York Botanical Garden.

For nonstop color in the garden, you really can’t beat annuals. For those of you who are not blessed with bright sunshine, last year we featured quite a few begonias in the Garden and I have a deepening respect for the plants.

We planted a number of Rex Begonias as an ornamental ground cover. During the latter half of the summer I would make flashy floral centerpieces by combining the begonia’s bright foliage with the silver-pink swirls of roses and hydrangeas. When I lived in Massachusetts, I used to keep my dappled borders bright with the nonstop begonias (tuberous begonias). The apricot and pinks were so beautiful that I would add them to shady containers to complement my coleus and fuchsias.

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NYBG in the News — 5/26/2008

Posted in NYBG in the News on May 26 2008, by Plant Talk

Henry Moore is here! Moore in America: Monumental Sculpture at The New York Botanical Garden opened to the public on Saturday, and the weather couldn’t have been nicer. Plenty of Memorial Day revelers took in the sun and the sights of Henry Moore’s sculpture across the Garden. Plenty of people are taking notice, with many naming Moore in America one of summer’s hottest tickets, like:

Time Out New York, which listed Moore in America as the “best by day” for Saturday. In their write-up reviewer Dan Avery says, “How fortunate, then, that these works of art are in an environment that is itself a work of art.” Thanks, Dan!

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Weekend Programming: Moore Is Here!

Posted in Exhibitions, Moore in America, Programs and Events on May 23 2008, by Plant Talk

Large Reclining FigureThe Garden’s newest exhibition, Moore in America, opens to the public this Memorial Day weekend. The weather is slated to be amazing, so there are no excuses not to enjoy the sunshine and the majestic works of Henry Moore. And don’t forget about Darwin’s Garden, either. From his garden re-created in our own Enid A. Haupt Conservatory to a selection of original texts and artwork in our library, experience Darwin as never before. This weekend offers guests an extra day to get in on the fun as Monday is a holiday. From films to children’s programming to a slew of guided tours, this weekend looks to be the busiest yet. Check out the full list after the jump.  

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Posted in People on May 21 2008, by Plant Talk

Every few weeks an employee or friend of the Garden takes a quick stroll around the lush 250-acre grounds and writes down his or her thoughts. This week, Annie Novak, coordinator of the Children’s Gardening Program at The New York Botanical Garden, took time to discuss one of her ickier interests: worms!

Young gardeners visiting the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden during the first warm weeks of spring are often delighted by the return of the red-breasted American robin. Watching the birds hop from plot to plot early this morning, I was reminded of another, more secretive, Garden inhabitant, whom we only see when we turn the earth with our trowels. If an acre of land is said to contain about a million worms, we can hardly start our gardening season without acknowledging the invaluable work red wrigglers and earthworms contribute to our healthy beds. Thanks to their digging and digesting, the soil turns loose and dark in our hands as we put seeds into the earth. Without worms to help us break down our lunch scraps, we wouldn’t have the rich dirt in which to grow more lunch!

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Tip of the Week — 5/20/08

Posted in Gardening Tips on May 20 2008, by Sonia Uyterhoeven

Cabbage Worms
Sonia Uyterhoeven is Gardener for Public Education at The New York Botanical Garden.

Cabbage Worm DamageCabbages make an excellent early season crop. Plant them in early to mid April and you will have a nice harvest by mid-June. Sometime in May you may see a pretty little white butterfly hovering around your cabbages, and shortly thereafter you will notice some holes appearing in your leaves until the beautiful, glaucous foliage looks more like Swiss cheese. You have cabbage worms. The easiest way to control this problem is to send your kids out and have them handpick the small green caterpillars (the culprits for all the holes).

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NYBG in the News: 5/19/2008

Posted in NYBG in the News on May 19 2008, by Plant Talk

Here Comes Henry Moore!

While the official media day for the upcoming exhibit, Moore in America, isn’t until tomorrow, swarms of reporters have already descended on the Garden. And why not? The exhibition boasts the largest outdoor collection of Henry Moore sculpture ever presented in a single venue in the United States.

That doesn’t mean Darwin’s Garden: An Evolutionary Adventure isn’t getting any love. On the contrary, tomorrow night (Tuesday, May 20, at 10:30 p.m.) the New York PBS affiliate, WNET Thirteen, will feature a special behind-the-scenes tour of Darwin’s Garden on their program New York Voices. Not only will it be educational AND entertaining, but you can win free tickets to the exhibition. Nice!

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Weekend Programming

Posted in Programs and Events on May 16 2008, by Plant Talk

Dogwood Cornus Florida Forma RubraNow that all the nasty weather is behind us (for now), we can get back to the task at hand: enjoying spring. The Garden has another full plate of weekend programming to whet your appetite for the flavors of the season. From a wildlife-laden bird walk to a home gardening demonstration to kids’ classes to Darwin programming and much more!

And don’t forget about our Greening the Garden: Climate Change and Sustainability at the Garden cell phone tour. Walk around the grounds and learn how Garden research contributes to the study of climate change and what the Garden is doing to mitigate its effects. Call 718.362.9561. Enter a prompt number followed by the # key. Enter another number at any time.

Check out the full list of programs after the jump.

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Darwin Symposium Available for Download at

Posted in Darwin's Garden, Exhibitions on May 15 2008, by Plant Talk

As part of the Charles Darwin exhibition currently featured at The New York Botanical Garden, a special two-part symposium, Darwin: 21st-Century Perspectives, was hosted by NYBG and the American Museum of Natural History. The event was was open to the public and covered many facets of Darwin’s legacy and its implications on science and society. The event was a big success, and many people came to hear the distinguished lineup wax philosophical on one of the greatest scientific minds of the modern era.

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