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Moving to Read & Watch

Posted in Around the Garden on February 13 2020, by Matt Newman

Photo of witch-hazel in bloom

Big news! In our ongoing efforts to bring you the best of what’s happening at the Garden, Plant Talk and Science Talk are merging to create Read & Watch, a new media hub on NYBG.org that will bring you all of the most recent videos, stories, and more in an easy-to-use format. 

You’ll still be able to find all of your favorite past posts on these original blog feeds, which we’ll maintain as archives. Since we’ll no longer be posting updates here, however, be sure to head to Read & Watch for our new content going forward!

Gifts Guaranteed to Make Your #plantlove Grow

Posted in Around the Garden on February 6 2020, by Matt Newman

This Valentine’s Day, show your loved ones how much they mean to you with thoughtful gifts from the Garden. Browse our top picks below.

Membership

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Give the gift of Membership and enjoy the Garden all year long, plus get exclusive access to The Orchid Show Members-Only Preview and Valentine’s-inspired talks and programs. Become a Member.

What’s Beautiful Now: Bright & Sunny Aloe

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on January 31 2020, by Matt Newman

You can almost feel the hot desert sun radiating from these flowers.

In the desert houses of the Haupt Conservatory right now, you’ll find respite from the chill of winter with these blooming aloes (Aloe ferox), standing tall and colorful amid the cacti and other arid-weather plants that call these collections home.

Aloe ferox

<em>Aloe ferox</em>
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Flavors of Morocco: Saffron

Posted in Exhibitions on January 28 2020, by Matt Newman

Crocus sativus

<em>Crocus sativus</em>
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Saffron has been prized by civilizations for millennia. Ancient Egyptians used saffron to make perfume, and 4,000-year-old frescoes in the Greek islands of Santorini and Crete depict people plucking flowers from cultivated saffron fields. Each Crocus sativus flower produces a three-pronged, golden-colored pistil (the female reproductive part of a flower), which is the source of the spice. It is the most expensive spice in the world due to its labor-intensive production and very low yield: one pound of dried saffron requires more than 50,000 crocus flowers.

This is just one of many herbs and spices featured in our new Exhibit Lab, Flavors of Morocco, highlighting this North African cultural crossroads, its culinary traditions, and the plants that support them—reflecting the blend of cultures that have intermingled in Morocco throughout history. See it here in our Ross Gallery through March 15.

Your Long Weekend Plans—Holiday Train Show & More

Posted in Around the Garden on January 18 2020, by Matt Newman

Photo of snowdropsThe long weekend is here, and just in time for the final week of the Holiday Train Show! Don’t miss your chance to see our botanical homage to famous New York sights—and explore plenty of our other events and activities. Bring your little ones for the last performances of All Aboard with Thomas & Friends, head to the Mertz Library for a look into the architectural history of our landmark Haupt Conservatory, get outside to explore winter interest—like newly emerging snowdrops—in our collections, and so much more.

With NYBG being open for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 20, it’s the perfect time to catch the Holiday Train Show before it disappears for the winter. The show continues through January 26 with all-new highlights from Central Park.

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What’s Beautiful Now: Tropical January

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on January 9 2020, by Matt Newman

Warm, colorful, humid. That’s the Haupt Conservatory in January. The living collections of our historic glasshouse thrive thanks to the balmy temperatures it maintains year-round, and there are plenty of fascinating botanical treasures to be found—from the neon structures of the neotropical blueberries to the spore-carrying sori of the ferns.

Cavendishia grandifolia

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What’s Beautiful Now: Shelf Fungi in the Forest

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on December 27 2019, by Matt Newman

Shelf fungi fun in the Forest! There’s so much to see on walks along the winding trails of the Thain Family Forest, not least of which are mushrooms in reds, oranges, yellows, and browns. What have you spotted lately?

Shelf Fungi

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Trains, Trolleys, & More

Posted in Holiday Train Show on December 27 2019, by Matt Newman

Some think the “G” in the Holiday Train Show‘s G-scale model trains stands for “Garden,” but it’s actually “groß“—German for “big!”

From trolleys to commuter rail, subway cars, and freight, our G-scale models bring the Holiday Train Show to life with some of the largest trains and track you can get. Here you’ll find a few of our favorites, including steam locomotives and diesel engines, and everything in between. Do any of them look familiar to you?

The Holiday Train Show

The <em>Holiday Train Show</em>
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Our Holiday Train Show Favorites

Posted in Around the Garden on December 26 2019, by Matt Newman

We each have our favorite New York landmark replicas in the Holiday Train Show. Tell us yours—and what you’d love to see added in the future!

Take a look at some of our staff-favorite buildings from the exhibition, like the original Penn Station, the Statue of Liberty, and the Guggenheim Museum. See these and other familiar favorites as the show continues through January 26!

Penn Station

Penn Station
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"My favorite building is the original Penn Station. The Applied Imagination model captures its grandeur and serves as a reminder of how hard we must work to preserve our architectural and natural heritage." —Todd Forrest, Arthur Ross Vice President for Horticulture and Living Collections, NYBG

Make Bar Car Nights Your Go-to Holiday Outing!

Posted in Video on December 24 2019, by Matt Newman

From dueling pianos and ice carving to the hottest culinary offerings from the Bronx Night Market and a variety of seasonal cocktails, come see what you’ve been missing at these adults-only evenings at the Holiday Train Show. New tickets were just released for Friday and Saturday night—join us!