Daffodil Hill in Summer – Photo by Patricia Gonzalez
Daffodils and Yoshino cherry (Prunus × yedoensis) on Daffodil Hill – Photo by Marlon Co
Capricious spring weather’s thrown us for a loop over the last few months, from warm, bloomy days to sudden cold snaps. But now that the weather seems to be evening out, we’re ready for a second spring—expect a flush of daffodils, cherry blossoms in Cherry Valley, and the welcome arrival of the crabapples over the next two weeks!
Crabapples and daffodils on Daffodil Hill – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen
While there the daffodils have left for the year, Daffodil Hill is just as beautiful in the fall. That is why we will host several Harvest Festival activities on these sunny slopes! Come picnic at the Harvest Market and admire the show of tractors and garden equipment this weekend.
At Daffodil Hill – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen
Beer, bands, BBQ. In a nutshell, that should be enough to give you an idea of what’s going on this Saturday and Sunday at the Garden. We’re opening up Daffodil Hill for a Father’s Day weekend to remember with a stacked roster of great Americana bands, visiting samplers, BBQ for sale, and plenty of craft beer offerings to help you toast the coming summer warmth!
While our Big Backyard BBQ is our spotlight event (grab tickets in advance if you can!), there are a number of other activities taking place at NYBG over the weekend for those who are raring for some exploration. The Rose Garden’s still popping, making it the perfect time to jump on a tour. And if you’re of a mind to break out your binoculars, Debbie Becker’s weekly Bird Walk takes place at 11 a.m. this Saturday. We’re even holding our Three Billy Goats Gruff family concert for anyone with kids to entertain.
From our Groundbreakers activities to the growing vegetables in our Family Garden, the end of spring is beyond lively. See you on grounds!
Our Spring Festival Series continues June 14 and 15 with the Big Backyard BBQ & Music Festival at NYBG, featuring a terrific lineup of bands for two days of delicious food and outdoor fun! Treat dad to a day out on Daffodil Hill with New York craft brews and an array of specialty food purveyors, alongside a full lineup of terrific young musicians filling the grounds with Americana jams. There will be putting greens and other fun outdoor games to help you work up an appetite! Enjoy delicious treats available from The Strand Smokehouse of Astoria, N.Y., and our good friends at Stephen STARR Events.
This festival offers fun for the whole family, all designed with dad in mind. Continue reading for the full list of vendors—including which refreshing local beers will be available—and check out the full band lineup to make sure you don’t miss your favorite group’s performance!
Mother’s Day is this coming Sunday, May 11—make sure you don’t forget! For our part, the Garden will help you show mom how much you care during our Mothers’ Day Garden Party, offering a perfect weekend of spring activities amidst a landscape of flowers and greenery. This celebration has family fun for all ages, too, so no one has to feel left out!
Live jazz, croquet, badminton, hillside picnics and even our new giant chessboards present endless options of fun to explore. Why settle for breakfast in bed when you can give mom a day at the Garden, surrounded by a wide variety of food, drinks, and more? Click through for the full lineup of activities.
Cue Julie Andrews. It may be a bit frosty out there today, but Daffodil Hill is having none of it.
On Daffodil Hill – Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen
Spring at the Garden is full of festivals! Beautiful scenery, delicious refreshments, and activities for all ages are the perfect way to spend a spring weekend. From daffodil season to tulip season and beyond, we have plenty of activities over the next three months to help make the most of the grounds as their brilliant colors return.
Our popular Culinary Kids Food Festival returns April 14 with a week-long, family-friendly food festival celebrating the relationships among plants, farms, and your favorite treats. Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden staff and the culinary team, Growing Chefs, will offer cooking demonstrations, recipes, and hands-on activities—with plenty of music and food tastings to add to the fun. Kids can fill up their Festival passports as they tinker with the science of kitchen chemistry and get to the root of foods at a variety of activity stations with themes like “The Chicken and the Egg” and “The Buzz on Bees Sweet Bees!” The daily 1 p.m. cooking demonstration will feature kid-friendly recipes and tasty samples, while local chefs will share tips and more.
But that is only the first in a full season of outdoor adventure. Read on for May and June’s exciting upcoming festivals!
The longer I focus on the middle distance in this image, the more it seems there’s no break between the sky and the earth. Some of the snow’s melted since it was taken last week, but I also think this image tells us the daffodils will be sleeping it off just a liiiittle bit longer.
Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen