“[Public parks and gardens] are places where New Yorkers gather, pause, play, chill, learn, and discover; offering not only Olmsted’s ‘enlarged sense of freedom’ but also an amplified sense of wonder and a deeper understanding of our place in the environment,” shares photographer and author Ngoc Minh Ngo in the introduction of her latest book, New York Green: Discovering the City’s Most Treasured Parks and Gardens.
From corner lots bursting with native plantings along the West Side Highway to a tiny community garden that serves as an essential stormwater management park in Gowanus, to nature preserves along Rockaway’s waterfront and a sprawling old-growth forest here at NYBG, Ngo’s beautifully photographed and heavily researched profiles of parks and gardens across the city’s five boroughs each tell an important story and offer refuge for people and wildlife alike.
Joined in conversation by landscape ecologist, author of Mannahatta, and NYBG’s Vice President for Urban Conservation Strategy Dr. Eric W. Sanderson, Ngo will uncover these treasured green spaces and share insights into the rich history and evolution of this land—once a vast, unspoiled natural paradise and ecosystem over four centuries ago.
Note: Copies of New York Green and Mannahatta will be available for purchase during this event.
About the Speakers
Ngoc Minh Ngo is a New York-based photographer whose work explores the intrinsic beauty of plants and nature. She is the author and photographer of Bringing Nature Home, In Bloom, and Eden Revisited. Her images have been published in international publications such as The World of Interiors, Architectural Digest, and T Magazine. She has also exhibited her work at the Musée Yves Saint Laurent in Marrakesh. Follow her on Instagram at @minh_ngoc.
Eric W. Sanderson, Ph.D., is the inaugural Vice President of Urban Conservation at the New York Botanical Garden. He is the author of the best-selling Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City (Abrams, 2009) and three other books about biodiversity loss and climate change. He is an optimist, despite his work as a historian, conservation biologist, and urbanist. Sanderson earned a Ph.D. in Ecology (1998) and a B.A.S. in English and Biochemistry (1989) from the University of California, Davis.