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Our Holiday Train Show Favorites

Posted inAround the Garden onDecember 26 2019, by Matt Newman

We each have our favorite New York landmark replicas in the Holiday Train Show. Tell us yours—and what you’d love to see added in the future!

Take a look at some of our staff-favorite buildings from the exhibition, like the original Penn Station, the Statue of Liberty, and the Guggenheim Museum. See these and other familiar favorites as the show continues through January 26!

Penn Station

Penn Station
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"My favorite building is the original Penn Station. The Applied Imagination model captures its grandeur and serves as a reminder of how hard we must work to preserve our architectural and natural heritage." —Todd Forrest, Arthur Ross Vice President for Horticulture and Living Collections, NYBG

Make Bar Car Nights Your Go-to Holiday Outing!

Posted inVideo onDecember 24 2019, by Matt Newman

From dueling pianos and ice carving to the hottest culinary offerings from the Bronx Night Market and a variety of seasonal cocktails, come see what you’ve been missing at these adults-only evenings at the Holiday Train Show. New tickets were just released for Friday and Saturday night—join us!

What’s Beautiful Now: Holiday Train Show Landscapes

Posted inWhat's Beautiful Now onDecember 20 2019, by Matt Newman

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.

Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Goshiki’

<em>Osmanthus heterophyllus</em> ‘Goshiki’
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“Rise Root Revolution” with Karen Washington

Posted inPeople onDecember 18 2019, by Plant Talk

Photo of Karen Washington in her garden

To grow your own food gives you power and dignity. You know exactly what you’re eating because you grew it.  It’s good, it’s nourishing and you did this for yourself, your family and your community.” —Karen Washington

Since 1985, Karen Washington has strived to make the Bronx and NYC at large a better place to live, spending decades promoting urban farming as a way for all New Yorkers to access fresh, locally grown food—and inspiring countless people as she’s grown into an advocate and leader in the field. Now, filmmaker Kate Walker is working to document Washington’s story and its connection to the larger social justice movement.

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Wearing Winter Like Jewelry

Posted inWhat's Beautiful Now onDecember 17 2019, by Matt Newman

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!

Kalopanax septemlobus

<em>Kalopanax septemlobus</em>
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Tending Our Trees at NYBG

Posted inHorticulture onDecember 17 2019, by Matt Newman

Keeping our trees healthy—many of which are more than a hundred years old—means careful inspection and, when necessary, removal of dead or damaged limbs. This important work ensures our trees’ longevity and keeps everyone safe. See how our high-climbing arborists do it, and how the wood that results nurtures other plants in the Garden’s living collections. 

Puerto Rican Heritage Month Celebration at The New York Botanical Garden

Posted inAround the Garden onDecember 16 2019, by Elizabeth Figueroa

Elizabeth Figueroa is the Associate Vice President of Community Relations at The New York Botanical Garden.


Photo of a child painting a tileOn Wednesday, November 20, we were overjoyed to once again host our annual Puerto Rican Heritage Month Celebration here at the Garden, with over 400 school students and visitors in attendance for a day of workshops and presentations commemorating the occasion.

Kids were treated to demonstrations of Bomba Dance and drumming history by Julia Gutierrez and Redobles de Cultura, a NYC-based bomba group who are proud members of today’s younger generation of Bomberos, cultural workers, and educators. Sandra Rivera brought plenty of canvas for students to paint and learn about the famed coqui of Puerto Rico, and Taino petroglyphs also made an appearance, as Mia Roman taught visitors about these symbols and invited them to paint and create their own necklaces with natural beads. Tanya Torres’s tile painting further helped kids to understand the flora of the amazing El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico.

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A Twinkling Holiday Lighting Ceremony

Posted inAround the Garden onDecember 9 2019, by Matt Newman

Another beautiful annual tree and menorah lighting ceremony. Thank you to the soaring voices of Celia Cruz High School choir and special guests Senator Alessandra Biaggi, New York State assembly members Jeffrey Dinowitz and Nathalia Fernandez, and NYC council members Andrew Cohen, Mark Gjonaj, and Rafael Salamanca. A wonderful time was had by all!

The Annual Holiday Tree Lighting

The Annual Holiday Tree Lighting
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#plantlove: Dr. Rob Naczi, Curator of North American Botany

Posted inPeople onNovember 27 2019, by Matt Newman

As part of #plantlove at NYBG, we’re talking with people from all over the Garden about what inspires their passion for plants. Today, meet Rob Naczi, Curator of North American Botany at The New York Botanical Garden.


Photo of Robert Naczi among pitcher plants

I grew up north of Wilmington, Delaware, and I loved to explore, to discover, and to be out in nature. When I was in elementary school, my neighbor turned me onto birding. I would go on bird walks with him and our club nearby, the Delmarva Ornithological Society. On one of the trips, there were some people pointing down at some spring wildflowers, the ephemerals in the deciduous forest. I looked and thought, Hey, that’s interesting. Gradually I got so interested in plants that I wanted to take every moment I could to go out and explore.

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