Join us throughout the month of June as we celebrate the history and contributions of the LGBTQ+ community in the botanical world, with interactive art, interviews with innovators and activists working with plants, and more.
Rooted in Plants
Our Teen Explainers are here to show you a fun activity to express yourself and your identity through making your own flower lapel pins, just like famous playwright Oscar Wilde did by wearing a dyed green carnation on his lapel to symbolize his place in the Gay community.
Plants as Liberation
In this wide-ranging series of interviews with herbalists, houseplant enthusiasts, farmers, and gardeners, hear from Black women in the plant world and learn how they are using plants as a powerful expression of liberation and freedom.
Art of the Table: Matthew López-Jensen
Saturday, June 11 & Sunday, June 26 | Native Plant Garden
Do you have a food love story, meal you cook together, or shared food memory? In celebration of his work “Lamb’s Quarters: A Love Story,” part of Around the Table: Stories of the Foods We Love, environmental artist and educator Matthew López-Jensen invites LGBTQ+ couples to share their stories.
Before the event NYBG will post a recording of López-Jensen’s original essay celebrating the connection between foraging, love, and Queer identity (available in both Spanish and English).
Shades of Lavender
Learn more about lavender—the color symbolic of LGBTQ+ resistance and empowerment—as well as the plant’s associated cultural and horticultural history. Whether the plant or the color, lavender’s rich symbolism and storied history continue to fascinate and engage a wide range of enthusiasts.