A rainy, frosty day has left the Garden’s collections glimmering with ice—and the plants are wearing it like jewelry. Take a closer look at the fascinating result of this gray afternoon!
Around the Garden
Elizabeth Figueroa is the Associate Vice President of Community Relations at The New York Botanical Garden.
On Wednesday, November 20, we were overjoyed to once again host our annual Puerto Rican Heritage Month Celebration here at the Garden, with over 400 school students and visitors in attendance for a day of workshops and presentations commemorating the occasion.
Kids were treated to demonstrations of Bomba Dance and drumming history by Julia Gutierrez and Redobles de Cultura, a NYC-based bomba group who are proud members of today’s younger generation of Bomberos, cultural workers, and educators. Sandra Rivera brought plenty of canvas for students to paint and learn about the famed coqui of Puerto Rico, and Taino petroglyphs also made an appearance, as Mia Roman taught visitors about these symbols and invited them to paint and create their own necklaces with natural beads. Tanya Torres’s tile painting further helped kids to understand the flora of the amazing El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico.
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.
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!
Whether you’re looking to finish up your holiday shopping or you’re just getting started, NYBG is the perfect place to find unique gifts for the plant lovers on your list. Start your search with some of our favorites.
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.
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.
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.
When it comes to fall beauty this week, our trees are the showstealers. Reds, yellows, and oranges peek out from every vantage point, allowing you to immerse yourself in the season as you traverse the trails of the Forest and beyond. And with this weekend’s Chorus of the Forest by Angélica Negrón set to premiere among this unparalleled color, now is the time to get to NYBG.
Kiku is back—starting today.
The ‘Ozukuri’ style of kiku is the apex of this Japanese craft, transforming a single-stemmed chrysanthemum into a mountain of individually trained flowers that truly justifies the translation of its name: “Thousand Bloom.” See how our expert horticulturists spend 11 months each year creating this living spectacle.