Summer at the Garden is a season of abundance, but there’s so much to see—so many collections to explore—that sometimes the rich greenery and thousands of blooms can be a bit overwhelming. Luckily, we have Kristin Schleiter, our Associate Vice President for Outdoor Gardens & Senior Curator.
Follow along with Kristin for some quick tips on some of the highlights of the Garden during this thriving season!
NYBG is sustained by supporters like you, and until 11:59 p.m. tonight your donation will be matched dollar for dollar thanks to several generous Board Members and our Urban Oasis Challenge. From conserving the plants of our world to continuing our extensive efforts in science, horticulture, and education for all ages, it’s your contributions that make it all possible.
This is the last chance to double your support in 2016. Thank you all for being a part of our 125-year history!
Landscape designers play a pivotal role as society deals with the fundamental question of how our public and private land is used. Their designs improve the outdoor environments surrounding us in rural areas, urban settings, and suburban yards. At the Garden, aspiring landscape designers receive the instruction—and inspiration—they need to create those gorgeous and sustainable green spaces.
This past month, in a Garden ceremony, 14 graduates received their Landscape Design Certificates. Elizabeth Poccia, the featured student speaker at the ceremony, credits NYBG with helping her find her passion.
Hot summer days may call for sunscreen and questionable hats, but often it’s the nights that make this such a rewarding season to be out and about. The zing of a good cocktail from Hangar 1 Vodka, the warm scent of evening grass, the occasional taco truck, and live music are just about all you need to create a memorable one. And with NYBG/125 Summer Concert Evenings, we’ve got those ingredients and then some.
On May 20, 2016, more than 300 students, scholars, members of the general public, and NYBG staff poured into Ross Hall for Alexander von Humboldt: The History, Science, and Poetry of Ecology. There they listened intently to three remarkable interdisciplinary speakers: author Andrea Wulf, ecologist Stephen Kellert, and poet Susan Stewart.
The Symposium also coincided with—in fact, it officially opened—NYBG’s Science Open House, held from May 20–22, offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the laboratories, Herbarium, and other scientific departments of this premier plant research institute. This annual weekend saw a vast increase in the number of participants enjoying the various tours and Garden-wide demonstrations, due in part to the excellent introduction provided by Barbara Thiers, Director of the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium and Vice President for Science, before the Symposium started.
It’s the first week of summer, and NYBG‘s 250 acres have filled in to create a verdant backdrop of petals and greenery, a living painting that invites you to explore its trails and collections. With the sun high and warm, the dappled shade of the Forest is that much more poetic. But if you love true verse, we’ve got something a bit more literal for you to take advantage of this weekend.
From the Rose Garden to the daylilies, the warmer months are really coming into their own. But if you’ve been outside in New York lately, you probably don’t need much convincing to realize how beautiful this season can be. Come enjoy it in the best possible place!