Inside The New York Botanical Garden


The Orchid Show: Orchidelirium

Posted in Exhibitions on February 16 2016, by Matt Newman

February at the Garden is a time of lush, delirious color—all thanks to The Orchid Show. And this year’s exhibition promises a journey of more than just beautiful flowers. Join us during Orchidelirium as we explore the long history of this treasured flower, and the 19th-century craze that sparked its popularity the world over.

Check out the teaser below, and stay tuned as we near the opening of this New York tradition, February 27–April 17, 2016.

Hop Aboard the Evergreen Express!

Posted in Holiday Train Show, Programs and Events on January 13 2016, by Lansing Moore

Evegreen Express Holiday Train showThis season’s Holiday Train Show® is on view through January 18, but Evergreen Express continues to provide seasonal family fun in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden through January 24. Kids pass through station stops during their visit, each featuring a unique and educational activity designed to explore the world of evergreens.

In the cozy Discovery Center Depot, children make their own herbarium pressings of a conifer specimen and craft a miniature scented sachet to take home. The Adventure Garden is full of trails that guide children through the trees and shrubs of winter.

There is an outdoor puppet theater available for children, and on weekends and school holidays, kids can create a train puppet inspired by master puppeteer Ralph Lee and join a musical marching parade.

Evergreen Express takes place Tuesdays through Sundays in the Adventure Garden, from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and Sundays, and from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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All Aboard with Thomas & Friends™ mini-performances continue through January 24 as well, so plan a family excursion to NYBG in the next couple of weeks for winter fun!

In its 24th Year, the Holiday Train Show is Bigger than Ever

Posted in Holiday Train Show on October 19 2015, by Matt Newman

Holiday Train ShowNearly a half-mile of track winds its way through the Haupt Conservatory come November, when a twinkling 24-year tradition of model trains and cityscapes in miniature returns to NYBG for another winter season. The Holiday Train Show has fast become New York City’s most beloved holiday pastime, a moment when children, parents, and train lovers alike flock to the Garden for a stroll through the nostalgic little world that we’ve dreamed up. And this year, we’re doing it bigger than ever.

Beginning November 21, the show brings along 3,000 square feet of additional exhibition space, making plenty of room for more trains, tracks, and bridges. Look for locomotives chugging along overhead and zipping between 150 landmarks crafted from bark, leaves, and other plant parts; among them, our brand-new Conservatory replica, reimagined just last year, is joined in 2015 by a jaw-dropping model of the New York Public Library building.

Don’t expect to go hungry while you’re here, either. Alongside our year-round offerings, like the casual dining of the Pine Tree Café and the full-service experience of the Hudson Garden Grill, stop for family-friendly seasonal treats from our new Gingerbread Café. And if you’re looking to warm up amid the snow flurries, head to the new Frosty’s Schnapps Haus in the Visitor Center, where fresh-made pretzels and hot spiked drinks are sure to hit the spot before you set off to explore our winter wonderland.

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Frida Kahlo’s Natural World

Posted in Exhibitions on May 28 2015, by Joyce Newman

Joyce H. Newman is an environmental journalist and holds a Certificate in Horticulture from The New York Botanical Garden. She is the former editor of Consumer Reports and a blogger for several home and garden publications.

An evocation of Kahlo's studio in the Haupt Conservatory.
An evocation of Kahlo’s studio in the Haupt Conservatory.

Many of us got our first glimpse of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s life with the award-winning 2002 biopic starring Salma Hayek and directed by Julie Taymor, of Lion King fame. But the Frida now on view at The New York Botanical Garden’s exhibition, FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life, is a totally different person from the film version.

The new exhibition is the first to “re-imagine” Kahlo’s garden and to explore her appreciation of nature—including the many plants, insects, and fascinating animal imagery in her paintings.

Frida Kahlo adored the garden at her home, the Casa Azul (Blue House), in Coyoacán, Mexico. Her painting studio directly overlooked the garden with its cobalt blue walls and fabulous collection of native Mexican plants. The garden was both an inspiration and a private haven during Kahlo’s personal battles with chronic illnesses and disabilities.

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NYBG Bids You Buenas Noches

Posted in Exhibitions, Programs and Events on May 13 2015, by Lansing Moore

Frida al FrescoEvening events at the Garden provide one of the most magical atmospheres in New York City, and make for a perfect way to view our world-class exhibitions. FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life will be no exception. When the exhibition opens to the public on May 16, that evening will mark the first occasion in the grandest season of evening events the Garden has ever presented. Frida al Fresco Evenings will take place on select Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays throughout the exhibition’s six-month run, with a variety of featured musicians, dancers, performers, and artists each night to transport visitors to Coyoacán and beyond.

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Explore FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life on Your Smartphone!

Posted in Exhibitions on May 7 2015, by Lansing Moore

Frida Kahlo Art Garden Life NYBG mobile guideWe’re counting down the days to the Opening Weekend Celebration of NYBG’s blockbuster summer exhibition, FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life. The Garden is abuzz with busy preparation that will extend across the grounds, from an exhibition of more than a dozen original works by Frida Kahlo in the Art Gallery of the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, to a beautiful evocation of Kahlo’s famed garden and studio, the Casa Azul, in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

In fact, there are 10 main components to this grand and immersive exhibition across the Garden! So, with funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies, NYBG has developed a mobile guide for smartphones that will take you through the entire experience, either on-site or before you visit! Read on for how this digital companion will help you navigate the exhibition, learn more about the artist’s life and times, and create your own customizable Frida selfies to share!

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