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Archive: June 2014

Explore Summer’s Bounty With Some of New York’s Top Chefs

Posted in Mario Batali's Edible Garden on June 30 2014, by Lansing Moore

Mario Batali's Kitchen GardensWith the return of the NYBG Greenmarket, we don’t know what to pick from this summer’s bountiful local produce. Ever wonder what New York’s most talented chefs have to say about what to do with fresh fruits and vegetables? Thanks to NYBG’s good friend Mario Batali, we were able to ask these same questions to some of the people behind Batali’s spectacular restaurants, such as Eataly and Del Posto.

In our Kitchen Tales series, six chefs discuss their favorite vegetables in a number of brief video interviews. Click through to hear their tips and anecdotes.

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Morning Eye Candy: Gesundheit!

Posted in Photography on June 28 2014, by Lansing Moore

These colorful buds are commonly known as sneezeweed, but don’t worry! They won’t be especially rough on your allergies. The name comes from this plant’s former use in manufacturing snuff powder.

Sneezeweed Helenium Moerheim Beauty

Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’ along Seasonal Walk – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

This Weekend: Birds of a Feather

Posted in Programs and Events on June 27 2014, by Lansing Moore

red tailed hawkJuly is just around the corner, and the grounds continue to impress us each day with new bursts of color. The Groundbreakers exhibit continues to bring visitors on a journey through the history of great American gardens, and now is the perfect time to see the parts of the Garden designed by these extraordinary women.

This Saturday will be the last chance to enjoy one of Debbie Becker’s famous Bird Walks until they resume in September! Our winged friends are enjoying the sunny days even more than we are, and there are a wide variety of species to observe. Enjoy a walk through the grounds and keep an eye out for cardinals, bluejays, robins, or even one of our resident Red-tailed Hawks! That’s just one event in a full weekend of programs. Click through to see what’s happening for all ages at the Garden this weekend!

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Poppymallow’s Charm

Posted in Horticulture on June 26 2014, by Kristin Schleiter

Kristin Schleiter is the NYBG’s Associate Vice President of Outdoor Gardens and Senior Curator. She oversees the wonderful gardening team that keeps our flowering gardens looking top notch, curates the herbaceous gardens and collections, and manages the curator of woody plants. She lives and gardens in Fairfield, CT.

Callirhoe bushii Bush's poppymallowAs spring has turned to summer, so my attention has turned to the Native Plant Garden meadow. It changes daily now, with new plants offering their voices to the swelling chorus. One of my very favorites is Bush’s poppymallow, Callirhoe bushii. Set among fine grasses, golden tickseed, and brilliant white wild quinine, its white-eyed magenta cups demand attention.

Happy in average or dry soil, Bush’s poppymallow loves a sunny site and will flower throughout the summer and sporadically into the early fall. In our meadow, its loosely sprawling stems pop up through its neighbors, creating lovely and spontaneous living bouquets. It has seeded itself around gently, but editing is easy if you wish. All Callirhoe have taproots which makes them very drought tolerant, but also very difficult to move once established.

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Morning Eye Candy: Tallest Tulips

Posted in Photography on June 26 2014, by Matt Newman

Okay, they’re not actually tulips per se, but the tulip trees along the Allee are far more than sentinels guarding the path to the Library Building. If you can see that high, you’ll notice the blooms from which they pulled their name, flowering now as we head into summer.

Tulip Tree

Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

Roses are Red…

Posted in Gardening Tips on June 25 2014, by Sonia Uyterhoeven

Sonia Uyterhoeven is the NYBG’s Gardener for Public Education.

Peggy Rockefeller Rose GardenThe roses in the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden demanded a lot of patience this year, but it was well worth the reward. The harsh winter resulted in severe die back for many of the hybrid teas and floribundas, so we cut them back hard in the spring and gave them a jolt of nitrogen-rich fertilizer to get them going.

The cool spring had the roses growing at a slow and steady pace and they sat in bud throughout the month of May, waiting for warmth. Generally, our roses start to open around the third week in May and peak bloom spans from the end of May into the first few weeks of June. This year the old-fashion garden roses were pretty much on schedule but our repeat-bloomers were a good two to three weeks behind.

The warm weather finally arrived, and it was certainly worth the wait. To call the roses resplendent would be an understatement. I drove by late last week and my view from the top of the hill was a mosaic of colors as vibrant as an Andean textile.

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