Spring is here. For real here, as far as I’m concerned. And with daytime temps looking to be in the 60s for the rest of the week (fingers crossed), it’s a great time for our flowers to catch our flowers waking for the season. You’ll find cherry blossoms galore, fragrant magnolias, and daffodils in abundance cascading across Daffodil Hill, Liasson Valley, and elsewhere throughout the Garden. The azaleas won’t be far behind!
The Antique Garden Furniture Fair opened last night with the annual Benefit Preview Party & Collectors’ Plant Sale, an elegant evening for admiring beautiful pieces for the home and garden while enjoying fine cocktails. Connoisseurs of the arts, or simple garden enthusiasts, can enjoy a similar soiree this Saturday at our all new Young Collectors’ Night. Tickets are available now, and entitle guests to a complimentary glass of champagne!
The Fair is open to All-Garden Pass ticket-holders throughout the weekend, so come admire the antiques on display after enjoying a brisk spring walk through the pink and white petals cascading from our flowering trees. The flowering cherries have joined the magnolias on grounds to brilliant effect, and this weekend is the best time to take in this dramatic phase of the spring season.
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Prunus ‘Okame’ in the Ross Conifer Arboretum – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen
Before the snowflakes begin coming down in earnest, our autumn-flowering cherries are bringing some white fluff to the Garden this season!
Prunus × subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’ in the Ross Conifer Arboretum – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen
This year’s cherry blossoms announced the arrival of spring at the Garden in great bursts of white and pink. When a light breeze picks up the petals in a candy-colored flurry, you are reminded of the winter blizzards that are thankfully behind us.
Several beautiful varieties are scattered throughout the Ross Conifer Arboretum, with elegant weeping cherries framing the Haupt Conservatory. The best cherry blossom walk on grounds, though, is definitely Cherry Valley, just past the Thain Family Forest on the path to the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden. There the billowing trees surround you in a celebration of spring’s arrival. Click through and brighten up your day with a peek at the Garden’s cherry trees at the height of their flowering season!
Everyone is coming to admire the blossoming cherry trees at the moment, but this one certainly seems to be admiring itself just as much in the Reflecting Pool! Isn’t it daffodils that are called Narcissus?
At the Leon Levy Visitor Center – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen
The Antique Garden Furniture Fair opens to the public this weekend, with a full roster of exciting talks and booksignings! Come peruse the wares in the Conservatory Tent throughout Saturday and Sunday, including our own Specialty Plant Sale. For home decor inspiration, visit our series of fascinating Q&A sessions with visiting experts. Even better, home delivery is available for all purchases.
It is also quite a weekend for art lovers at the Garden with our Triennial exhibition, Weird, Wild, & Wonderful open to great acclaim. Prepare to be amazed by how the most talented botanical artists interpret the world’s most bizarre-looking plants in the Ross Gallery.
There are still plenty of ways for children to enjoy the Garden this weekend as well. Mario Batali’s Kitchen Gardens will use the growing season to guide kids through an exploration of Italian heirloom vegetables to encourage healthy and delicious eating. Dig! Plant! Grow! returns with a new program, too, investigating Wild Wiggly Worms and how they help gardens flourish.
The grounds are enjoying a truly spectacular blooming season. The magnolia and cherry trees are flowering at the same time, blanketing the Garden in white and pink. Click through for our weekend programs, including the Antique Garden Furniture Fair!
We’ve been jealous of Washington D.C. while they enjoy their famous cherry blossoms, but flowering season has finally made its way up north to NYBG! The trees are beginning to look like great bunches of cotton candy that have landed on grounds.
Okame cherry (Prunus ‘Okame’) – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen
No we haven’t replaced the iconic dome of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory with a conifer, it’s just a trick of the landscape.
Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen
This weekend brings a beautiful event to the Garden, the Garden Sculpture and Antiques Fair: 1750-2013! Vendors and artists from across the country and across the Atlantic are gathered together under the Conservatory Tent with a gorgeous range of functional and artistic decoration for your garden, patio, solarium, and home. In addition, enjoy complimentary wine tasting with the Naked Grape 12-5 p.m. each day as well as special tours and demonstrations.
Wares range from incredible contemporary kinetic sculpture, to tiny colonial lanterns, giant sprouting shallots, Majolica kittens, Grecian urns, mossy otters, and everything in between. The star of the show, however, seems to be a beautiful set of chairs featuring a peacock-motif that were once owned by the woman whose name graces our stately Conservatory, Enid A. Haupt. If your mother is a gardener with impeccable taste, the Garden Sculpture and Antiques Fair: 1750-2013 might just be the perfect place to pickup an unforgettable Mother’s Day present!
As if that weren’t enough, the Garden is just glorious right now. Cherry blossoms, daffodils, tulips, and a very special rhododendron are stopping people in their tracks across our 250-acres. There’s a palpable sense of happiness and ease wherever you go, with incredible scents wafting on the air, and smiles everywhere. And as if that weren’t enough, the lilacs seem set to pop at any moment! Just the thought of lilacs in this springtime sunshine makes me shoulders feel less tense.