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Antique Garden Furniture Fair
Preview Party

Featuring the Collectors' Plant Auction

Presented Virtually
Thursday, April 29, 2021
4 – 7 p.m.

Exhibitors and Collectors’ Plant Auction remains open for Preview Party Supporters through May 7

The New York Botanical Garden’s much-anticipated Antique Garden Furniture Fair features unique offerings from leading antique dealers, including classic furniture and fine garden antiques—some with a modern twist, both elegant and inspiring—for the home and garden. The Preview Party on April 29 provides exclusive early access to shop the exhibitors and the renowned Collectors’ Plant Auction, curated by NYBG’s expert horticulturists. Proceeds support NYBG and its renowned horticultural programs. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Thao Phan at or 718.817.8774.

Shop the Fair Now

Founding Chair
Mrs. Coleman P. Burke

Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Bartlett, Jr.
Mish Tworkowski

Collectors’ Plant Auction Chairs
Peter R. McQuillan
Marjorie G. Rosen
Joseph Singer



Special Guest Speakers

Darroch and Michael Putnam of Putnam & Putnam

Celebrated designers Putnam & Putnam create a brilliant floral centerpiece inspired by a late 19th-Century painting, which will be available during the Antique Fair from Hawthorn Fine Art.

Brightly colored portrait photo of Darroch and Michael Putnam of Putnam & Putnam, wearing a red jacket with velvet blue shirt and jeans, and the other is in a lime green jacket and pants. Standing against a colorful floral backdrop of large blue to yellow tones with bright yellow and orange flowers.

View the Exhibitors

See a list of this year’s confirmed exhibitors ahead of the virtual Preview Party, and check back for new additions.

Learn More

Various decorative antiques are displayed in a garden room.

2021 Collectors’ Plant Auction Highlights

We are excited to share another sampling of our favorite plants at NYBG’s Collectors’ Plant Auction! From the tried-and-true to the truly unusual, you will find curated selections of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous perennials, along with orchids and glasshouse cuttings this year. There is something for every gardener—whether you are gardening in the ground, on a terrace, or on a windowsill.

Native Species

Interesting selections and choice varieties of our top-performing northeastern native species are featured as larger specimens this year, including sugar maple, serviceberry, hawthorn, silverbell, redbud, river birch, and tupelo, along with a few southern native species that grow well in this region such as big-leaf magnolia and yellowwood.

Flowering Trees & Shrubs

Curator favorites and hard-to-find selections of charismatic garden plants abound this year. You’ll find beautiful modern varieties of beloved flowering trees and shrubs such as dogwoods, magnolias, hydrangeas, azaleas, and lilacs for a cheerful new addition to your garden.

Trilliums & Dahlias

We also have some wonderful early spring and late-summer garden treats for you this year with tantalizing trilliums and dazzling dahlias! A medley of trillium species that carpet the Native Plant Garden woodland understory early each spring will be available, as well as a selection of dahlia tubers grown from NYBG’s own collection. Vibrant dahlia cultivars ‘Henriette’, ‘Bristol Stripe’, ‘Platinum Blonde’, and ‘Islander’ help the Perennial Garden and Home Gardening Center transition from their summer splendor into full autumnal glory.

Indoor Plants

For those looking for long-lasting indoor color, we will have an assortment of beautiful orchids to brighten up your home as well! We are excited to offer a sampling of rare and unique aroids propagated from NYBG’s own glasshouse collections for a second time. These alluring members of the philodendron family, featuring our dark velvet-leaved black-gold philodendron, remain a plant collector craze! Our glasshouse curator also has a sampling of unusual succulents, including the dwarf variegated Japanese cultivar of butterfly agave called ‘Kissho kan’, and some serious glasshouse goodies such as a sizable specimen of NYBG’s incredible jade vine that grows in the Haupt Conservatory for this year’s collectors! Some of these warm weather-loving beauties can create bold garden accents and seasonal displays, or offer indoor foliage and style year-round.