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What’s Beautiful Now: Shelf Fungi in the Forest

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on December 27 2019, by Matt Newman

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?

Shelf Fungi

Shelf Fungi
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Trains, Trolleys, & More

Posted in Holiday Train Show on December 27 2019, by Matt Newman

Some think the “G” in the Holiday Train Show‘s G-scale model trains stands for “Garden,” but it’s actually “groß“—German for “big!”

From trolleys to commuter rail, subway cars, and freight, our G-scale models bring the Holiday Train Show to life with some of the largest trains and track you can get. Here you’ll find a few of our favorites, including steam locomotives and diesel engines, and everything in between. Do any of them look familiar to you?

The Holiday Train Show

The <em>Holiday Train Show</em>
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Our Holiday Train Show Favorites

Posted in Around the Garden on December 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 in Video on December 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!

Biophilia: Look but Don’t Touch

Posted in Around the Garden on December 24 2019, by Plant Talk

Photo of stinging nettles' leaves
Stinging nettles’ (Urtica dioica) leaves appear soft and fuzzy, but look out.

Some of the plants highlighted in “Biophilia: Sharing Our #plantlove,” the Conservatory exhibit sharing our curators’ most fascinating plants, protect themselves with spines, stings, and more. This is definitely a case of “look but don’t touch!”

Thorns, spines, and prickles: Pointy protuberances stab predators as they approach.

Armor: The thickened, waxy skin of many succulent plants adds a layer of protection from herbivores.

Stings: Minuscule needles of the mineral calcium oxalate are found in a wide variety of plants, from philodendrons to agave (which is used to make tequila). The sharp crystals irritate the skin and can be toxic when eaten. Stinging nettles (Urtica dioica) are covered in tiny fibers with sharp points that irritate and inject toxins into the skin.

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What’s Beautiful Now: Holiday Train Show Landscapes

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on December 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 in People on December 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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Biophilia: Plants with Bite

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on December 18 2019, by Matt Newman

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.

Dionaea muscipula

<em>Dionaea muscipula</em>
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Wearing Winter Like Jewelry

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on December 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 in Horticulture on December 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.