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Women’s History Month at Home

Monday, March 1, 2021 – Wednesday, March 31, 2021


Celebrating Women’s Contributions to Botany, Gardening, Food Justice, and More

NYBG’s annual Women’s History Month celebration goes virtual this year with engaging digital programs you can enjoy at home. Throughout the month we will explore and showcase the influential contributions of women—including women at NYBG—to botany, gardening, food justice, and more. Discover diverse and inspirational stories of women whose resilience and determination represent the essence of the female spirit.

Welcome from Karen Washington

Urban farmer, community gardener, activist, and NYBG Trustee Karen Washington delivers welcoming remarks on the importance of Women’s History Month and introduces the virtual program.

Meet the Women of Bronx Green-Up and Bronx Community Farm Hubs

Get to know the women of Bronx community gardens and urban farms who have taken leadership roles in their neighborhoods, providing healthful food to their communities during the pandemic.

Garden Set: Amanda Gookin's Forward Music Project

Surrounded by orchids, GRAMMY-nominated cellist Amanda Gookin performs classical selections intercut with interviews by acclaimed contemporary female composers Leila Adu and Jessica Meyer.

Women in the Lab: Pathways to Careers in Botanical Science

NYBG Structural Botany and Genomics Laboratory Manager Tynisha Smalls and ECAG Coordinator of Family Programs Arvolyn Hill share their personal paths to careers in botanical science. After, a simple hands-on Strawberry DNA experiment inspired by Tynisha’s research.

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The Earth in Her Hands: Jamaica Kincaid in Conversation with Jennifer Jewell

Listen to celebrated author and avid gardener Jamaica Kincaid discuss one of her greatest loves, when she joins public radio host Jennifer Jewell for a riveting conversation about gardens, the plants that fill them, and the extraordinary women who tend them. Watch Video

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NYBG Beyond Books Club: Women’s History Month

The Beyond Books Club Facebook group explores the work of Jamaica Kincaid, focusing on her book My Garden, along with recent podcasts and digital content from the renowned author.

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Groundbreakers: Women in Horticulture

The early 20th century gave rise to exponential growth and interest in gardens in the United States. As fields associated with domestic life, landscape architecture and gardening offered diverse opportunities to women who entered the workforce during this period. Often excluded from university programs, they learned through apprenticeship and study at new design and horticulture schools for women. Educated as professionals, women joined the burgeoning garden culture, designing city parks, university campuses, and residential gardens. Collectively, their work designing many of the period’s greatest gardens left an indelible mark on the American landscape and cultural institutions of the era.

During the 130-year history of The New York Botanical Garden, many prominent women have contributed their talents to different parts of the 250-acre landmark landscape. In the first half of the 20th century, the Botanical Garden enlisted three distinguished female landscape architects whose influential designs have nurtured an enduring legacy, serving as inspiration for the many women who have followed in their footsteps.