Marlon Co is the Photographer & Digital Media Manager of The New York Botanical Garden.
Amid the bounty of summer, taking a step back to appreciate it all can be awe-inspiring. The multitudes of form, texture, and color create a depth that stands apart from leaner seasons. As fall approaches, we’ve already seen some signs of the season to come, which makes it all the more meaningful to witness this present moment at NYBG.
Around the Garden, carefully chosen plant combinations mix and blend together into a botanical tapestry. This layering and mingling of plants is most evident in areas like the Perennial Garden and Seasonal Walk, but even in seemingly “wild” areas like the Native Plant Garden meadow, there is an order to the chaos. By considering plant qualities and how they interact with one another, NYBG’s gardens maximize enjoyment from any distance. From afar, one can witness a glorious abundance, but start to look closer and peel back the layers, and there are countless jewels to discover.
As you view these images—and perhaps on your next visit—contemplate these moments and observe how each plant stands uniquely apart while still working toward a cohesive, fascinating whole. What can you find?
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