Plant Talk

Exploring the science of plants, from the field to the lab

Earth Day Resolution: Explore Your ‘Greener’ Side

Posted in Adult Education, Around the Garden, Learning Experiences on April 21 2012, by Joyce Newman

It’s easy to help the planet and explore your greener side with the NYBG‘s programs. There are loads of Saturday and one-day programs offered at the Midtown Education Center in Manhattan and there’s even outdoor Yoga and Tai Chi offered at the Garden in the Bronx.

Browsing the new Spring-Summer Catalog, you can find one-day and half-day Saturday programs on everything from Beekeeping Basics and Vegetable Gardening, to new Earth-Kind® Roses and terrific Urban Tree Pits. You can discover the healing power of plants or the best choices for a city container garden. Plus, there are a wide range of new cooking classes for romantics to consider, among them, The Art of Cooking in the French Garden–For Couples.

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Morning Eye Candy: That Perfume

Posted in Around the Garden, Photography on April 21 2012, by Matt Newman

I had trekked over to the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden a few days ago to get a closer look at the tree peonies, passing by the lilacs on the way back. The aroma–it was like walking face-first into a pole, it was so sudden and powerful. Everyone gathered near the flowers was nodding and smiling contentedly, though whether in unspoken acknowledgement of one another, or in quiet appreciation of the perfume, I couldn’t say.

Syringa vulgaris ‘President Lincoln’ — Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen