Plant Talk

Presently at NYBG: Painting with a Tropical Palette

Posted in What's Beautiful Now on August 3, 2023, by Marlon Co

Marlon Co is the Photographer & Digital Media Manager of The New York Botanical Garden.

NYBG’s location in the northeast means our 250 acres change with each of the four seasons, but it’s New York’s hot and humid summers that let our Horticulture team express the breadth of their botanical creativity. It’s in these tropical months that they can design seasonal botanical displays that wouldn’t otherwise thrive in our region, and showcase plants in our permanent collections native to areas closer to the Equator.

When first entering the Garden this time of year, you’ll be treated to a glimpse of the season in the ever-changing beds of the Mosholu Entrance. Continuing on, our summer exhibition, …things come to thrive…in the shedding…in the molting…, shows off the grandeur of mixed tropicals and other heat-tolerant plants in outdoor displays full of rich color. The African American Garden continues the tropical theme, taking visitors on a journey to the Caribbean with plants like plantain and mango—previously grown in our Nolen Greenhouses, but now enjoying the outdoor warmth in this collection across from the Edible Academy. Likewise, in the Perennial Garden, densely grouped container plantings from the Greenhouses accent the main beds with a wide variety of tropical foliage.

In the Conservatory Courtyard, the water lily pools draw all the attention, with new additions this year including aquatic container plantings full of miniature water lily and lotus species, letting you get up close with these botanical wonders. You’ve certainly stopped to smell the roses, but have you ever smelled a water lily flower? I highly recommend it.

Check back next week as the season continues to unfold into August.

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