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What’s Beautiful Now

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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What’s Beautiful Now: Chorus & Color in the Thain Forest

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on October 31 2019, by Matt Newman

When it comes to fall beauty this week, our Thain Forest—50 acres of old-growth forest right here in New York City—is the showstealer. Reds, yellows, and oranges peek out from every vantage point, allowing you to immerse yourself in the season as you traverse the trails. 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.

Thain Family Forest

Thain Family Forest
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The Tying of the ‘Ozukuri’ Kiku

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on October 25 2019, by Matt Newman

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.

What’s Beautiful Now: Hordes of Gourds

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on October 18 2019, by Matt Newman

Large, lumpy, warty, and weird—the hordes of pumpkins and gourds in our Spooky Pumpkin Garden come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. And their names are just as strange! Take a peek at a few of the many varieties calling the Garden home right now, and visit to explore their incredible diversity.

Curcurbita pepo 'Warts Galore'

<em>Curcurbita pepo</em> 'Warts Galore'
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What’s Beautiful Now: Fall Flowers

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on October 10 2019, by Matt Newman

It’s a fantastic time for fall flowers. You’ll find clouds of seasonal color peeking up at you from the collections. Smooth aster and calico aster flaunting purples and whites in the Native Plant Garden; spritely, pink hardy begonia in the Rock Garden; spur flowers in the Adventure Garden; and toad lilies along Seasonal Walk. This is What’s Beautiful Now.

Symphyotricum laeve var. laeve

<em>Symphyotricum laeve</em> var. <em>laeve</em>
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What’s Beautiful Now: Inspirations in the Home Gardening Center

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on October 4 2019, by Matt Newman

What’s your home garden aspiration? From purple fountain grass to dahlias and spiked cockscomb, the Home Gardening Center creates a palette of options and opportunities for abundant fall color in our region.

Pennisetum × advena 'Rubrum'

<em>Pennisetum</em> × <em>advena</em> 'Rubrum'
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What’s Beautiful Now: Ripening Up

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on September 20 2019, by Matt Newman

Which favorite fruits are ripening on your radar this week? From kousa dogwood berries alongside the Rose Garden, to blood oranges and dwarf pomegranates near the Home Gardening Center, we’re heading into fall with one last blast of fruity and festive color—in all its bright greens, pinks, and reds.

Kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa)

Kousa dogwood (<em>Cornus kousa</em>)
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What’s Beautiful Now: Transitional Treasures

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on September 17 2019, by Matt Newman

What’s your favorite plant in this time of seasonal change? There are plenty of treasures to find at NYBG in this magical moment when summer transitions to fall. The beautiful, bombastic blooms of dahlias are a fan-favorite as the weather changes, and they’re unmissable in the Perennial Garden, while variegated sweetgum in the Liasson Narcissus Collection is a stunner with its patterned green leaves, waiting for cool weather to bring new color. And the fiery leaves of the Japanese maples hint at the new season in the Steinhardt Maple Collection.

Dahlia

<em>Dahlia</em>
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What’s Beautiful Now: Zulu Giant

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on September 6 2019, by Matt Newman

What’s beautiful now? The Zulu Giant (Stapelia gigantea)! Its tremendous, fuzzy flowers open to reveal what’s certainly more of a stench than an aroma, attracting flies to pollinate it with the smell of rotten meat. Maybe it’s best to admire from afar.

What’s Beautiful Now: Crape-myrtles of the Ladies’ Border

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on August 16 2019, by Matt Newman

Find your way to the entrance of the Ladies’ Border, pass under the overhanging greenery, and you’ll see the popping color of summer’s crape-myrtles blooming among the leaves. The punchy pink of Lagerstroemia ‘Choctaw’ and the vivid red of Lagerstroemia indica ‘Dynamite’ are absolute standouts.

Crape-myrtles on the Ladies' Border

Crape-myrtles on the Ladies' Border
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