Plant Talk

Presently at NYBG: Ebony G. Patterson Comes to the Garden

Posted in What's On at NYBG on May 30, 2023, by Marlon Co

Welcome back to Presently at NYBG, a weekly showcase of our favorite images highlighting our appreciation and connection to plants and the natural world.

This week, our second edition of Presently coincides with a special time at NYBG: Exhibition opening. things come to thrive…in the shedding…in the molting… opened this past Saturday after much anticipation. Months of planning and work culminated in a flurry of activity in the final days before the public opening on May 27.

As mentioned in our last issue, life thrives at the Garden and the vultures have definitely found a new home (as some of you may have noticed). But there’s also much more life, and possibly hidden treasure, just beyond the Conservatory.

In the Perennial Garden, a burst of clematis catches visual attention, but it’s the scent of Rosa Flamenco Rosita that makes one want to dance ahead of Rose Garden Weekend, this Saturday and Sunday, June 3 & 4; on the opposite side, the Seasonal walk is bursting with early summer risers. And that hidden treasure I mentioned? Visitors with a keen eye (and a pair of binoculars), can witness the otherworldly blooms of Frasera caroliniensis (American Columbo), one of our rarest native plants which blooms only once in its lifetime—a process which can take as long as 30 years! Our crop of F. caroliniensis, planted in the Native Plant Garden in 2011, had one plant bloom in 2021, and this year at least two are currently producing flowers, a must-see botanical beauty. Read more about F. Caroliniensis here.

There is certainly a lot to feast upon as the summer unfolds, so stay tuned next week as we explore what else is presently at NYBG.

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