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This Weekend: Kiku Takes Root at NYBG

Posted in Programs and Events on October 3 2014, by Lansing Moore

Kiku The Art of the Japanese GardenThe first weekend of Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden begins tomorrow, and to celebrate we have a full schedule of special programs. Come admire hundreds of meticulously trained kiku in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory and attend our special Kiku Poetry Reading with Chase Twichell; view demonstrations of Ikebana: The Art of Japanese Flower Arranging; and enjoying a delicious meal at our Japanese Pop-Up Restaurant. There are many ways to immerse yourself in the beautiful traditions of Japanese gardens.

At the same time, The Haunted Pumpkin Garden is continuing to fill the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden with spooky seasonal fun for the whole family. This weekend includes Halloween Parades and the chance to meet the Creepy Critters of Halloween! Read on for the full schedule of programs and events this weekend for Kiku and The Haunted Pumpkin Garden—as well as a special tour covering the History of NYBG!

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A Season in Poetry Features Readings at the Garden Saturday

Posted in Programs and Events on November 17 2010, by Plant Talk

Poet Seminarian Finds Spirituality, Inspiration in Nature

Spencer Reece is one of three poets who will read classic favorites as well as their own work during A Season in Poetry, at the Garden on November 20, co-sponsored by the Poetry Society of America. Photo by Ruth Salvatore

I have never been to The New York Botanical Garden; I look forward to being there Saturday for A Season in Poetry. Nature inspires me. I find God in nature. If you think about it, much of the revelations in the Bible all happen outdoors, in nature—Moses coming down from Mount Sinai, Paul falling off his horse on the road to Damascus—very little happens indoors. The outdoors with its plants is rather churchy in its own right.

For the program, I will read the work of others poets of my choosing. I’ll also read one or two of my own poems from among those I’m working on for my second book, “The Upper Room,” which is due out with Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2014. The title refers to my room at the seminary in New Haven where I have lived in the process of Holy Orders for the Episcopal church. There is a small flower bed I can see out my window; it contains purple cornflowers.

Five seminarians live in the house, along with the Dean of the Divinity School, his wife, their child, and their Burmese Mountain Dog. One of our tasks as seminarians is to prepare a meal for the community once a week. It is a dinner for 100 to 150 people. Part of that duty requires cutting some of the cornflowers for the dinner parties. The cornflower is a delicate, easily broken flower, the petals shedding as rapidly as you pick them; something about their fragility speaks to me. The cornflowers look forlorn in their vase surrounded by all the food and people.

November 20th promises the reverse: three poets placed in a crowd of plants.

Final Weekend to See Emily Dickinson’s Garden

Posted in Emily Dickinson, Exhibitions on June 11 2010, by Plant Talk

Joyce Carol Oates Takes Center Stage at Poetry Series Saturday

This is the final weekend to experience first hand the life and works of one of America’s most treasured poets in Emily Dickinson’s Garden: The Poetry of Flowers.

  • Celebrated poet Joyce Carol Oates and biographer Lyndall Gordon are among the esteemed poets and authors who will read their favorite Dickinson poems and discuss how she inspired their own work in the last installment of the poetry series My Emily Dickinson, co-sponsored by the Poetry Society of America.
  • Visitors can participate in a marathon reading of themed Dickinson’s poems relating to death, bees, roses, flowers, birds, and trees.
  • Dickinson scholar Judith Farr, author of The Gardens of Emily Dickinson, presents a lecture and slide show, Emily Dickinson in “Eden”: The Spring Garden.
  • Tour Dickinson’s Victorian Homestead re-created in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory and stroll along garden paths reading some of Dickinson’s most famous works near the flowers that inspired them in the Perennial Garden. This video gives you a peek at the exhibition.
  • Enjoy guided tours, the Children’s Poetry Garden, and more.

And remember, the Gallery exhibition in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, which gives an interactive perspective of Dickinson’s life through photographs, watercolors, manuscripts, her virtual herbarium, and her white dress fis on through August 1.

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Plan Your Weekend: My Emily Dickinson Series Continues

Posted in Emily Dickinson, Exhibitions, Programs and Events on May 21 2010, by Plant Talk

Rob Casper is Programs Director of the Poetry Society of America.

The New York Botanical Garden is in the midst of its exhibition Emily Dickinson’s Garden: The Poetry of Flowers, and the Poetry Society of America couldn’t be more excited!

We’ve already had a great pre-launch during Poem in Your Pocket day (covered in this week’s “Talk of the Town” section in The New Yorker), with Mayor Bloomberg, Sigourney Weaver, and New York’s State Poet Jean Valentine. And our first My Emily Dickinson readings featured former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins (pictured), award-winning poet Marie Ponsot, and Dickinson biographer Brenda Wineapple. There’s plenty to come, too, with readings and talks at the Garden by Bowery Poetry Club founder Bob Holman (May 22), scholar Christopher Benfey (June 4), poet and writer Joyce Carol Oates (June 12), former Queens Poet Laureate Stephen Stepanchev (June 12), and others, as well as corollary programs at the Belmont Public Library with a host of younger poets—including Mark Levine (May 27), Catherine Barnett (June 7), and Ada Limon (June 10)—reading from and speaking about the Belle of Amherst. Finally, the exhibition at the Garden will end with a weekend marathon reading of specific themes within Dickinson’s work, for which Garden visitors can sign up to participate in!

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Plan Your Weekend: Halloween Hoorah!

Posted in Programs and Events on October 23 2009, by Plant Talk

Plus Poetry Readings, Bird Walk, Greenmarket, and Kikuhalloween_weekend
Celebrate the thrills and chills of the season at The New York Botanical Garden’s Halloween Hoorah! on Sunday. Come in your costume or make your own mask here and parade around the grounds. Follow the trail on your Halloween map and participate in hands-on activities along the route. End the day learning about bats during a live animal demonstration.
On Saturday, listen to poets read their favorites as well as their own works inspired by nature, go on a bird walk, and shop at the Greenmarket. And on both days of the weekend, visit Kiku in the Japanese Autumn Garden, see taiko drumming performances, and more.
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