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.
What’s Beautiful Now
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?
The beauty of the Holiday Train Show isn’t just found in the trains and landmark replicas—but the plants, as well! Take the time to pore over the species that create the colors and textures of the landscapes, forming the world in miniature that makes this exhibition a holiday favorite in NYC.
Poor soil? No problem! If you’re a plant, just spend your evolutionary energy learning to eat bugs. The carnivorous plants highlighted in Biophilia: Sharing Our #plantlove, the Conservatory exhibit sharing our curators’ most fascinating plants, have evolved across the globe to capture prey. See how they do it, from snap traps to deadly pitchers and sticky situations.
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!
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.
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.