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Biophilia: Plants Take Sun Safety Seriously

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on December 13 2019, by Matt Newman

Plants love the sun—but they’re also careful to avoid sunburn, even in winter. Inside the Haupt Conservatory, you’ll find Biophilia: Sharing Our #plantlove, an exhibit that spotlights some of our curators’ most fascinating plants, and the stories they reveal about nature, adaptation, and human culture. Here, see how they use waxy coatings, succulence, small surface areas, and even hair to serve as sunscreen.

Echeveria ‘Perle von Nurnberg’

<em>Echeveria</em> ‘Perle von Nurnberg’
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A Twinkling Holiday Lighting Ceremony

Posted in Around the Garden on December 9 2019, by Matt Newman

Another beautiful annual tree and menorah lighting ceremony. Thank you to the soaring voices of Celia Cruz High School choir and special guests Senator Alessandra Biaggi, New York State assembly members Jeffrey Dinowitz and Nathalia Fernandez, and NYC council members Andrew Cohen, Mark Gjonaj, and Rafael Salamanca. A wonderful time was had by all!

The Annual Holiday Tree Lighting

The Annual Holiday Tree Lighting
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#plantlove: Dr. Rob Naczi, Curator of North American Botany

Posted in People on November 27 2019, by Matt Newman

As part of #plantlove at NYBG, we’re talking with people from all over the Garden about what inspires their passion for plants. Today, meet Rob Naczi, Curator of North American Botany at The New York Botanical Garden.


Photo of Robert Naczi among pitcher plants

I grew up north of Wilmington, Delaware, and I loved to explore, to discover, and to be out in nature. When I was in elementary school, my neighbor turned me onto birding. I would go on bird walks with him and our club nearby, the Delmarva Ornithological Society. On one of the trips, there were some people pointing down at some spring wildflowers, the ephemerals in the deciduous forest. I looked and thought, Hey, that’s interesting. Gradually I got so interested in plants that I wanted to take every moment I could to go out and explore.

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What’s Beautiful Now: Fallen Fall

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on November 22 2019, by Matt Newman

Fallen leaves are no less beautiful. As this season of transition continues, don’t forget to look down as well as up—you might catch the bright yellows (like these Ginkgo leaves), reds, and oranges of the recent forest splendor still carrying on toward winter.

Photo of Ginkgo leaves on the ground

The Holiday Train Show Returns!

Posted in Holiday Train Show on November 22 2019, by Matt Newman

It’s almost here—the Holiday Train Show opens tomorrow! Hear from Laura Busse Dolan, President of Applied Imagination, giving you a sneak peek into what’s new this year from their workshop, including Central Park’s iconic landscape and architecture and all-new train track layouts. It’s all presented in an immersive indoor winter wonderland.

What’s Beautiful Now: Needles & Scales

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on November 15 2019, by Matt Newman

Shift your focus to the conifers. As we make our way through fall, the vibrant red and orange leaves falling from the deciduous trees give way to the rich, deep hues of the evergreens. Some of them, like Cupressus nootkatensis ‘Sparkling Arrow’, show fascinating variegated (the white scales lack chlorophyll) foliage, while the needles on Pinus strobus ‘Contorta’ take on unique, swirling forms you might not expect.

Cupressus nootkatensis 'Sparkling Arrow'

<em>Cupressus nootkatensis</em> 'Sparkling Arrow'
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THRIVE Brings Veterans Into the Garden

Posted in Learning Experiences on November 11 2019, by Matt Newman

In honor of Veterans Day we’re pleased to announce the THRIVE program, an initiative that commemorates NYBG’s long history working with service members—dating back to World War I when we first invited returning veterans into the Garden for rehabilitation and learning new skills. Hear from Carrie Rebora Barratt, CEO and The William C. Steere Sr. President of The New York Botanical Garden, and discover how we’re continuing that legacy in collaboration with the James J. Peters Veterans Administration Medical Center in the Bronx.

What’s Beautiful Now: Perennial Muse

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on November 7 2019, by Matt Newman

This is a fall essential. In the Perennial Garden, the season is distilled down to its floral essence, with cardoons, flowering sage, and asters everywhere you look. Spend a few moments on a bench amid this collection and you’ll understand why it’s such a hotspot for plein-air artists.

In the Perennial Garden

In the Perennial Garden
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