On Sunday, November 20, NYBG held its annual Community Holiday Open House and Menorah and Tree lighting ceremony. Aaron Bouska, NYBG’s Vice President for Government & Community Relations at NYBG, welcomed the audience, which included many members of the Bronx community as well as several elected officials with their families.
On June 19, we welcomed Artist in Residence James Gurney and 24 of the region’s top plein-air painters for NYBG’s first ever Plein-Air Invitational.
Organizing a Plein-Air festival was a new experience for all of us. We worked with different internal teams as well as James Gurney, who provided valuable suggestions. With his help, we selected the best locations for paintings and included models dressed in Victorian period attire. We also took pictures of the different gardens for the artists to visualize our surroundings before they arrived. We sent these images along with the event guidelines and each of the artists responded with their three ideal locations. We collected all their responses and finalized all of the logistics.
On Sunday morning, our staff was ready to welcome these expert artists. We brought lunch, welcome kits, nametags, and all of our energy to greet them. For many of the artists it was their first time visiting our grounds, and everyone was excited to share their talent and see the Garden as their muse.
Before the cookouts and the fireworks, and the red, white, and blue of the Fourth of July, take a moment to appreciate all the other colors of summer right here at NYBG. Thanks to the Rose Garden, the jewel of our summer collections, you can explore every hue in the rainbow through the thousands of flowers at bloom there!
The Garden will be open for the holiday on Monday, making this one a can’t-miss long weekend to celebrate the best time of year to get outside. Stop in to see our Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas exhibition while you’re here, and maybe snap a few photos using our Impressify™ app to remember your visit!
Here’s just a hint of what you can expect to see while you’re here:
Hot summer days may call for sunscreen and questionable hats, but often it’s the nights that make this such a rewarding season to be out and about. The zing of a good cocktail from Hangar 1 Vodka, the warm scent of evening grass, the occasional taco truck, and live music are just about all you need to create a memorable one. And with NYBG/125 Summer Concert Evenings, we’ve got those ingredients and then some.
It’s the first week of summer, and NYBG‘s 250 acres have filled in to create a verdant backdrop of petals and greenery, a living painting that invites you to explore its trails and collections. With the sun high and warm, the dappled shade of the Forest is that much more poetic. But if you love true verse, we’ve got something a bit more literal for you to take advantage of this weekend.
While Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas continues throughout the Garden, Sophie Cabot Black will be joining us on Sunday for a special reading that should be the icing on the cake for our summer of paintings and poems. You can join her in the Perennial Garden at 2 p.m. that day to sit and enjoy. For more events and activities, visit our full calendar.
From the Rose Garden to the daylilies, the warmer months are really coming into their own. But if you’ve been outside in New York lately, you probably don’t need much convincing to realize how beautiful this season can be. Come enjoy it in the best possible place!
Kale, strawberries, beets, cherries, and all sorts of baked treats—it’s the return of the NYBG Greenmarket, and it’s not far off!
We’re exactly one week away from the kick-off of this summer favorite, which opens with offerings from Gajeski Produce, Meredith’s Bread, Red Jacket Orchards, and Acevedo’s Farm next Wednesday, June 22, just two days after the official start of the new season. From that point on, you can expect to see our vendor tents set up at the end of Tulip Tree Allée—right inside the Mosholu Gate—every Wednesday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., through late November.
A highlight of the Garden’s NYBG/125 Anniversary celebrations kicked off with a night of soaring trumpets, matchless tap, a glowing Manhattan skyline, and the heights of what might just be called the defining sound of New York City—really good jazz.
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra was on grounds last night with trumpeter and music director Wynton Marsalis for a performance in honor of our 125th year, taking the stage on the Conservatory Lawn to play for a sold out crowd of over 1,600 fans new and old. We were ecstatic to have the concert introduced by both Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., and the former U.S. Poet Laureate and current Poet Laureate of NYBG, Billy Collins, whose memorable reading set the tone for a night of incredible artistry. You can read his dedication here.
During the opening weekend celebration for Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas, and in honor of our 125th Anniversary, I had the pleasure of being a judge for our first ever cake contest! We reached out to local bakeries and challenged them to create special anniversary cakes with the theme of nature, gardens, plants, and art—a broad theme that allowed for the creativity of these master bakers to shine through.
Judging was based on aesthetics and interpretation of the theme (not by tasting, unfortunately for me, though each bakery did supply a sheet cake for sampling). Having to rank these works of art was difficult, but between the public voting via text messages and the other two judges—Casey Barber and Jen Chung—we managed to narrow down our choices.
The Garden is an unmatched destination at any time of year, but this weekend is a special one nonetheless—the Cherry Valley trees are in blossom, the daffodils are nearing peak color, and the azaleas are just beginning to liven up for the season. And that’s not to mention the crabapples, which are stealing the limelight with their red, pink, and white blooms.
It’s all just in time for this week’s highlight—NYBG’s Daffodil & Wine Weekend. Join us for wine tastings and boundless spring beauty! And if you need a bigger push to get here this weekend, Kristin Schleiter has you covered:
Hundreds, thousands, millions of daffodils. (That’s the goal, anyway!) These sunny-faced beauties are blooming en masse throughout the Garden, lighting up Daffodil Hill, Daffodil Valley, and so many spaces in between, turning our 250 acres in New York City into the quintessential spring landscape.
The best way to experience it, of course, is with a glass of wine in hand—red, white, whatever your taste, we’ll have something to pique your palette this coming weekend, April 23 & 24. Our Daffodil & Wine Weekend is a great opportunity to take in the beauty of early spring, not to mention the good-and-getting-better weather.
While you’re here, purchase a wine sampling glass for a few dollars and visit a fleet of attending New York State vintners offering local wine tastings, winemaking demonstrations, and other presentations on their craft.