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Archive: December 2011

Looking Back: October 2011

Posted in Around the Garden on December 31 2011, by Matt Newman

October was a hectic month of stunning Japanese floral displays, pumpkin zombies, changing foliage and a holiday weekend punctuated by tragedy. But if we’re pros at anything, it’s picking ourselves up by the bootstraps! Horticulture can–after all–be an unpredictable business.

After many long months of preparation, the NYBG‘s Fall Flowers of Japan exhibition continued throughout October with a focus on kiku, a centuries-old chrysanthemum tradition requiring patience, skill, and an eye for aesthetic. Our very own Ann Rafalko even took it upon herself to explain just how the talented horticulturists behind these artful blooms do it!

Take a Look Inside Fall Flowers of Japan

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Morning Eye Candy: Ball Drop

Posted in Photography on December 31 2011, by Ann Rafalko

The countdown has begun! At The New York Botanical Garden, we’ll be dropping a much smaller ball when the clock strikes midnight and we usher in 2012. Where will you be tonight when the ball drops?

In Nolen

Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

Morning Eye Candy: Daisy Days

Posted in Photography on December 30 2011, by Ann Rafalko

No, I’m not going crazy, I do realize that it’s winter. But inside the Nolen Greenhouses our horticulturists are already getting ready for spring and summer, and that means daisies! Cheery, aren’t they?

Daisies in the Nolen Greenhouses

Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

NYBG Confidential: Florist Emily Thompson, Fresh from The White House

Posted in Adult Education, Programs and Events on December 28 2011, by Joyce Newman

Joyce H. Newman is the editor of Consumer Reports, and has been a Garden Tour Guide with The New York Botanical Garden for the past six years.

Andromeda Emily Thompson
An arrangement of Andromeda, paper whites, orange ranunculus and other careful selections


Fresh off her exciting holiday decor project for the First Family, floral designer Emily Thompson will be making time in 2012 to stop by The New York Botanical Garden and share some of her creative talents.

Thompson’s work is best known for its sculptural and naturalistic elements as inspired by her native Vermont. Her clients are not only among the internationally famous, such as the Obamas, but include her local Brooklyn friends and restaurants as well. Having studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and earned an MFA in sculpture at UCLA, Thompson eventually moved to New York, where she set up her shop–Emily Thompson Flowers–on Jay Street in Brooklyn’s DUMBO district, one of the city’s premier art havens.

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