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a bunch of orange dahlias surrounded by small purple flowers along Seasonal Walk

Hispanic/Latinx Heritage
Month 2023

Through October 15

On-site & Online

Honoring Cultural Traditions and Botanical Heritage

NYBG celebrates Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month with a lively variety of on-site and digital programs—to spotlight the important contributions and histories of the plants and people making up this diverse community—with educators, gardeners, community partners, and plant tours.

Be sure to join us here on September 16 for cooking demos and tastings, as well as a spotlight on the historic importance of maize and the opportunity for kids and families to pot up their own corn seed to take home!

Harvest Corn with XOLO Yonkers

September 16
12–3 p.m.
Visitor Center

The husband-and-wife team behind XOLO creates a variety of plant-based treats that celebrate their Mexican heritage and culinary backgrounds. Sample a seasonal vegan pozole (corn stew) in honor of Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month.

A row of growing corn under a blue sky

Maize Garden

September 16, 27, 23 & 24
10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Everett Children’s Adventure Garden

Visit the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden to learn about the importance of maize to the cultures we celebrate during Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month. Pot up your own corn seed to grow your own maize garden at home.

Two hands holding a stick mixing dark brown soil in a clear cup. A blurred maroon shirt is slighty visable in the corner.


Staff Spotlight: Mauricio Diazgranados

Meet Mauricio Diazgranados, NYBG’s new Chief Science Officer, and learn about his goals for the Garden in his profile with The New York Times.

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Bronx Foodways Oral Histories Project: Community Gardens

As part of Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month, join us in learning from the compelling food stories of Bronx community gardeners, many of Latin American and Caribbean heritage, who have been instrumental in creating, caring for, and cultivating community in these critical spaces. These stories are part of the Bronx Foodways Oral Histories Project, launched in 2021 to preserve the food histories and life experiences of longtime community gardeners and urban farmers across the borough.

Recently, we spoke to gardeners from two pillars of their respective neighborhoods: Morris Campus Farm and Friends of Brook Park Community Garden. Learn more about the importance of these gardens and urban farms to the Bronx and the city at large, and get to know some of the people who make these sources of food and community possible.

The Bronx Foodways Oral Histories Project is made possible with support from the Mellon Foundation.

Friends of Brook Park Community Garden

Carmen Santiago

Bruce "Blue" Rivera

Morris Campus Farm




Stop by NYBG Shop to enjoy their book display of titles that broadly reflect the history, the neighborhoods, the people, and the natural treasures found in the Bronx.

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a wooden table with a selection of books that focus on Hispanic/Latinx Heritage

From the Shelves of the LuEsther T. Mertz Library

Enjoy a rotating selection of books highlighting Hispanic/Latinx authors. There are also many inspiring titles in the Children’s Collection, including Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You, by Sonia Sotomayor, Puerto Rican Bronx native and the first Latina appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Hispanic/Latinx Heritage and Philippine Medicinal Plants: The Personal Story of Kathleen Cruz Gutierrez, Ph.D.

Kathleen Cruz Gutierrez, Ph.D., recent Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in NYBG’s Humanities Institute, discusses her interest in the flora of her family’s homeland, the Philippines.

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Botanical illustration showing plant with large green leaves, and three round brown shapes.

Hector Castillo Carvajal Talks Bronx Coffee

Hear about the South Bronx specialty coffee roaster Don Carvajal Café, and the founder and operator behind the brand, Hector Castillo Carvaja.

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a bag of medium roast coffee beans by Don Carvajal Cafe