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Elizabeth Figueroa

Fiesta de Flores at NYBG

Posted in Programs and Events on September 28 2017, by Elizabeth Figueroa

Fiesta de FloresOn Wednesday, September 20, 2017, we celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with Fiesta de Flores, a festival at the Botanical Garden’s Stone Mill commemorating the people of Latin America and the Caribbean.

The program entailed Rose Garden Tours, food and beverage tasting, live art, artisans, musical entertainment, and a Bomba dance ensemble.

One of the highlights of the evening was a presentation by Aaron Bouska, Vice President of Government and Community Relations, of the Public Service Award to New York City Councilmember Annabel Palma. The moment recognized and commemorated her dedicated service to the people and institutions of the Bronx and her leadership of the Bronx Delegation of the New York City Council.

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Black History Month Celebration at The New York Botanical Garden

Posted in Around the Garden on February 28 2017, by Elizabeth Figueroa

Senator Jamaal Bailey
Senator Jamaal Bailey

On Thursday, February 16, NYBG held celebrated Black History Month with workshops and presentations commemorating the accomplishments and contributions of African Americans.

This annual event invited school groups and visitors to attend facilitator-led workshops, including:

Vickie Fremont: Students created African dolls while learning about the fabric, beads and shells as well as its significance in the African culture.

Laura Gadson: Held a creative workshop making bandanas from quilted fabric to help students discover the African culture significance behind its colors.

Pat Mabry: Presented a lively history on African Dance and Drum history

Afterwards, students filed into Ross Hall for a keynote address delivered by Senator Jamaal Bailey.

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Puerto Rican Heritage Month Celebration at The New York Botanical Garden

Posted in Around the Garden, Learning Experiences on December 5 2016, by Elizabeth Figueroa

On Tuesday, November 22, NYBG held its annual Puerto Rican Heritage Month event celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of Puerto Ricans. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 400 pre-registered school groups and visitors attended workshops and presentations throughout the Watson Education Building, Ross Hall, and Ross Gallery.An array of facilitators led workshops commemorating Puerto Rican Heritage Month:

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Community Holiday Open House Menorah and Tree Lighting Ceremony at The New York Botanical Garden

Posted in Around the Garden, Holiday Train Show, Programs and Events on November 30 2016, by Elizabeth Figueroa

Senator José Serrano and family
New York State Senator José Serrano and family

On Sunday, November 20, NYBG held its annual Community Holiday Open House and Menorah and Tree lighting ceremony. Aaron Bouska, NYBG’s Vice President for Government & Community Relations at NYBG, welcomed the audience, which included many members of the Bronx community as well as several elected officials with their families.

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Fiesta de Flores at The New York Botanical Garden

Posted in Around the Garden on September 27 2016, by Elizabeth Figueroa

NYBG Fiesta de Flores
Don Eliseo Trinidad receives the community service award

Last Wednesday, September 21, NYBG celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month at our annual Fiesta de Flores event.

Guests enjoyed tours of the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the height of its fall bloom, while the historic Stone Mill offered food and wine tastings, live fine art painting, floral arranging workshops, artisan vendors, musical entertainment, and a Bomba dance ensemble.

The highlight of the day came when Don Eliseo Trinidad was presented with this year’s community service award. As an NYBG community partner and the owner of La 21 Division, a botanica on the Grand Concourse, Don Eliseo was honored for his dedication and caring for the well-being of the Bronx community with medicinal plants. Ina Vandebroek, Ph.D., Assistant Curator of Economic Botany and Caribbean Program Director at NYBG, presented the award.

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Looking Back on NYBG’s Annual Children’s Holiday Tree Decorating Event

Posted in Programs and Events on February 2 2016, by Elizabeth Figueroa

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During the week of December 14, we had 12 Bronx elementary schools participate in our annual Children’s Holiday Tree Garden. Students created their own ornaments, and each tree featured a plaque identifying the school. After each group completed its tree decoration, the children were treated to hot chocolate, cookies, candy canes, and a walk through the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden.

At the end of the program, three schools were selected for the best decorations based on creativity of design and materials used for the ornaments. They were rewarded with a return visit to the Garden to view our annual Holiday Train Show.

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