Stone Mill with the Bronx River with green grass and trees

Member Programs

Gallery Talks and Curator-Led Tours are a great way to learn behind-the-scenes details about the Garden from curators, managers, and scientists. To ensure all Members get a chance to participate, Members are permitted to attend one tour per month. Reservations are required. Reserve today.

Bronx River Tour
Wayne Cahilly, Manager of the Lionel Goldfrank III Institutional Mapping
September 14, 11 a.m.

Join your guide Wayne Cahilly as he takes Members alongside part of the Bronx River in the Thain Family Forest. He’ll discuss how the river served as a boundary for Indians and its importance in industry including the period surrounding the American Revolution and the prominent family the Lorillards. We’ll also discuss the recent work of the Bronx River Alliance in restoring the great waterway in the last 25 years. 

Home Gardening Center
Kristin Schleiter, Associate Vice President of Outdoor Gardens and Senior Curator
October 5, 11 a.m.

The Home Gardening Center offers something for everyone in a series of model gardens and display areas designed to demonstrate how to create a beautiful oasis in your own backyard. Learn about vegetable gardening, check out a wide variety of hydrangeas, brush up on the basics of composting, or come to appreciate how fragrance, texture, and even sound can add multi-dimensionality to your garden.

Maple Collection
Deanna Curtis, Curator of Woody Plants  
October 26, 11 a.m.

NYBG’s historic collection of maples from around the world expand with the addition of many rare and unusual plants, including cultivars of Japanese maples. The new Judy and Michael Steinhardt Maple Collection showcases the majestic beauty of distinguished mature trees and the delicate beauty of younger specimens.

Azalea Garden
Deanna Curtis, Curator of Woody Plants
November 2, 11 a.m.

Enjoy a curator-led tour of the Azalea Garden. Get an insider’s view of the stunning landscape design and plantings of its 11-acre site. This tour will take place during the garden’s beautiful fall season. Fall blooming azaleas are joined by the Rhododendron Encore series, developed by Robert E. “Buddy” Lee, which develop new shoots and buds after their spring bloom for midsummer to fall flowering.

Benenson Ornamental Conifer Collection
Deanna Curtis, Curator of Woody Plants
November 9, 11 a.m.

From miniature pines to massive blue Atlas cedars, the Benenson Ornamental Conifer Collection features 400 beautiful and exotic conifer specimens, including the best selections for the home gardener. A sea of surprising shapes and colors—a skeleton like spruce, a hedgehog shaped pine, shades of powder blue, golden green, and silver—flows across 15 rolling acres.

Members Clean-Up Day

November 4; 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Volunteer and assist our forest team with invasive species management and removal, restoration planting, trail maintenance, and trash sweeps. This Saturday, participates in planting restoration trees in the Thain Family Forest. Please wear appropriate and comfortable gardening attire.

Learn more about upcoming Gallery Talks.