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Join Us for the First Bronx Food and Farm Tour of 2019

Posted inPrograms and Events onMay 10 2019, by Ursula Chanse

Ursula Chanse is the Director of Bronx Green-Up and Community Horticulture at The New York Botanical Garden.


Photo of the Morris Campus Farm

Join us for the first tour of the 2019 Bronx Food and Farm Tour Series!

This Saturday, May 11, NYBG’s Bronx Green-Up is excited to present the School Gardens and Farms Bus Tour, highlighting three unique Bronx school gardens and farms that demonstrate a bounty of learning and growing.

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Bronx Foodies, Chefs, and Familia: Recipes Needed!

Posted inPrograms and Events onMarch 15 2019, by Ursula Chanse

Ursula Chanse is the Director of Bronx Green-Up and Community Horticulture at The New York Botanical Garden.


Photo of the New Roots Harvest Festival
Bronx Green-Up Community Horticulturist/Urban Agriculturist Kadeesha Williams highlights NYBG’s partnership in the production of The Bronx Hot Sauce at the annual Harvest Festival at New Roots Community Farm.

NYBG’s Bronx Green-Up is excited to be part of a new collaboration called The Bronx Canasta, an innovative food production and empowerment program in the Bronx. The Bronx Canasta aims to build self-reliance of Bronx communities to grow their own food and create, market, and distribute value-added products. To support these efforts, The Bronx Canasta secured four years of funding through a USDA Community Food Projects Competitive Grant and is now seeking input on the first value-added product—a Bronx salad dressing and marinade recipe!

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Fiesta de Flores 2018

Posted inPrograms and Events onSeptember 28 2018, by Elizabeth Figueroa

Fiesta de FloresOn Wednesday, September 19, 2018, we celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with Fiesta de Flores, a festival at the Botanical Garden commemorating the people of Latin America and the Caribbean. The event took place at the Stone Mill from 5:30–8:30pm.

The program entailed Rose Garden Tours, food and beverage tasting, live art, floral painting workshop, artisans, musical entertainment and a Bomba dance ensemble.

Aaron Bouska, Vice President of Government and Community Relations provided the welcoming remarks and Elizabeth Figueroa, Associate Vice President of Community Relations presented Havana Café and Port Morris Distillery with the Hispanic Heritage Month Award for their outstanding community service in the Bronx and for their annual contribution to the Garden’s Fiesta de Flores event.

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Fiesta de Flores at NYBG

Posted inPrograms and Events onSeptember 28 2017, by Elizabeth Figueroa

Fiesta de FloresOn Wednesday, September 20, 2017, we celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with Fiesta de Flores, a festival at the Botanical Garden’s Stone Mill commemorating the people of Latin America and the Caribbean.

The program entailed Rose Garden Tours, food and beverage tasting, live art, artisans, musical entertainment, and a Bomba dance ensemble.

One of the highlights of the evening was a presentation by Aaron Bouska, Vice President of Government and Community Relations, of the Public Service Award to New York City Councilmember Annabel Palma. The moment recognized and commemorated her dedicated service to the people and institutions of the Bronx and her leadership of the Bronx Delegation of the New York City Council.

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Community Holiday Open House Menorah and Tree Lighting Ceremony at The New York Botanical Garden

Posted inAround the Garden, Holiday Train Show, Programs and Events onNovember 30 2016, by Elizabeth Figueroa

Senator José Serrano and family
New York State Senator José Serrano and family

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.

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Art in the Garden: NYBG’s First Plein-Air Invitational

Posted inPrograms and Events onJuly 26 2016, by Miriam Flores

James Gurney, "Garden Walk"
James Gurney, Garden Walk

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.

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What’s Beautiful Now: Flowers for the Fourth

Posted inPrograms and Events onJuly 1 2016, by Matt Newman

Rose GardenBefore 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:

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NYBG/125 Summer Concert Evenings Bring the Swing

Posted inPrograms and Events onJune 28 2016, by Matt Newman

NYBG/125 Evenings

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.

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What’s Beautiful Now: Sun & Verse

Posted inPrograms and Events onJune 24 2016, by Matt Newman

Rockefeller Rose GardenIt’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!

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