The Haupt Conservatory will close at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, November 30.

A collage of five different visuals put together starting with a person in turquoise shirt and green headband with greyish hair playing a violin, illustration of small yellow eye shaped plants on long stalks, collage of colorful books with the first on in bright orange wth yellow writing titled "Soul to Soul, a Vegetairan Soul Food Cookbook" and a black and white illustration of a person in the corner, a pale yellow pressed flower with four large pettals and green leaves, a man in a lab coat with two pens in his pocket looking at a tree branch indoors.

Black History Month

Tuesday, February 1, 2022 – Monday, February 28, 2022

Online & At the Garden

This year NYBG’s Black History Month celebration honors barrier-breaking pioneers in environmental science and agricultural education and showcases current activists and advocates who are creating communities that foster representation, identity, and diversity in the arts and sciences. Explore the botanical legacy of the African Diaspora and the influential contributions of Black Americans to contemporary society. From programs that include inspiring performances and conversations to fascinating workshops, lectures, and readings, learn about the profound connection between plants and gardening to community and culture.

Welcome Message from Councilmember Kevin Riley

Councilmember, District 12 The Bronx

Profiles in Purpose

Hear from Black pioneers in horticulture, gardening, and urban farming whose work and advocacy are making significant impacts in their communities.

An Urban Farmer Honors Her Roots: Kadeesha Williams

Listen to former NYBG Community Horticulturist/Urban Agriculturist Kadeesha Williams discuss turning her dream of honoring her heritage and family identity in urban farming into a reality by founding the Iridescent Earth Collective.

Honoring a Community Gardening Icon: Karen Washington

Learn more about NYBG Trustee Karen Washington, longtime Bronx farmer, community activist, and advocate for food justice, and her transformative work in urban farming for more than 30 years.

Plants as Liberation

In this wide-ranging series of interviews, featuring herbalists and house plant enthusiasts to farmers and gardeners, hear from Black people in the plant world and learn how they are using plants as a powerful expression of liberation and freedom.

Bright dark pink bloomed flower open in two open palms with forearms extended over blurred green leaves.

Plants as Liberation: Kamili Bell Hill

Food for Thought

Enjoy a series of programs that examine the relationship of food to culture and identity, especially when languages or cultural traditions have been prohibited and erased.

Afro-Indigenous Histories of Food and Gardening: Garifuna Plant Knowledge, Past and Present

In the Shadow of Slavery: Africa's Food Legacy in the Atlantic World

Performance as Expression

Watch innovative performances by contemporary Black artists in a variety of genres that celebrate art and nature as powerful sources of creative inspiration.

Garden Sets

Together with the JOTB Collective, Judith Insell performs free jazz on the picturesque veranda of the Stone Mill. Learn more about how the improvisational, radical harmonic concepts of avant-garde jazz allow her to explore her relationship with nature, art, and music.

Read Judith’s 2022 Q&A

Kids Corner

Gather the kids for storytelling and activity time to discover the cultural influences of the African Diaspora and reinforce the importance of green space and caring for the natural world.

Storytime at Everett Children's Adventure Garden

Weekdays; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Self-guided Story walk
Saturdays & Sundays; 1:30 p.m.; Storytime at Swamp Oak Story Spot

Read Where’s Rodney by Carmen Bogan (author) and Floyd Cooper (illustrator), a fictional story about a young urban Black boy’s transformative day communing with nature during a class field trip to a national park.

Book jacket for "Where's Rodney" showing a young boy with his arms outstreached wearing camoflage pants and a yellow shirt with a brown harness standing on a stone path and trees and mountains behind him. The title of the book is written on the cover and it says by Carmen Bogan, Illustrated by Floyed Cooper.

Rooted in Plants

New video debuts weekly

NYBG’s Teen Explainers reveal the legacy of the African Diaspora in the plant world. Videos feature West African Indigo dyeing; enslaved African Edmond Albius’ discovery of the best way to pollinate the vanilla orchid; and enslaved African Caesar’s use of Plantain to make a poison antidote that earned his freedom. All videos include specimens from NYBG’s Steere Herbarium.

Photo of a child holding a dyed bag

Rooted in Plants: Black History Month Dr. Caesar and Plantain Oil

Rooted in Plants: Black History Month Indigo Dyeing

Botanical Legacies

Learn about the contributions of Black scientists to our understanding of the plant world, the rich legacy of plants and knowledge about their uses that enslaved Africans brought to America, and other plant stories.

Medicine, Knowledge, and Power in the Atlantic Slave Trade

Botanical Tour of Harlem

The New York City neighborhood of Harlem is a center for Black culture in America. Take a tour through Harlem and learn about some of the plant specimens in the NYBG Steere Herbarium that were collected from the neighborhood, from city sidewalks to northern Central Park. Learn More

Pale yellow pressed flower of four large petals with presed green leaves on a pale grey background of a herbarium specimen of a dogwood flower.

Community Through Story

Peruse titles by Black authors on-site in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library and discuss online with the NYBG Beyond Books Club.