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History & People

The History of The Haunted Greenhouse

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Before NYBG’s Haunted Pumpkin Gardens was the Haunted Greenhouse, an NYBG Halloween extravaganza started in the 1970s. Read More

History & People

Mum’s the Word: Kiku’s History at NYBG

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Kiku, the captivating chrysanthemum display at the Haupt Conservatory, has a long and fascinating history both at NYBG and abroad. Read More

Inside our Collections

Creepy Creatures: Images from the Mertz Library’s Special Collection

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Though spooky, these illustrations are important historical and biological records of various species (most real, some mythological). Read More

Inside our Collections

Pink Never Dyes: International Postage Stamps Colored Pink

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Everyone knows the excitement of opening up the mailbox and spotting a letter—wedged between a pile of bills, addressed in handwriting, with a fun stamp ... Read More

History & People

Dr. James Still – Doctor of the Pines: A Brief Account of the Life and Legacy of a 19th-Century Herbalist

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“A great mind is planted within us in the beginning of our lives, and, like other plants, it needs cultivation and watering from the best ... Read More

Inside our Collections, Plant Science

Cosmic Views of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt

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Humboldt’s ideas were based on the view of the harmonic order of the Universe, a concept called cosmos, borrowed from ancient Greek philosophy. Read More

Inside our Collections

LuEsther T. Mertz Library Book of the Month: Chinoiserie Botany

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Born in Metz, France, naturalist and artist Pierre Joseph Buc'hoz (1731–1807) become a doctor of medicine in Nancy in 1763. In his medical practice, he ... Read More

History & People, Inside our Collections

From the Jungles in Java to Dutch Drawing Rooms: A Tribute to Two Remarkable Women

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Impressive by its sheer size and bold coloring, Fleurs, fruits et feuillages choisis de l'ile de Java : peints d'après nature was brought to fruition ... Read More

Inside our Collections

Get Creative with #ColorOurCollections

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This week we're taking a peek into the archives of the LuEsther T. Mertz Library for #ColorOurCollections, a yearly event where we invite kids and ... Read More

History & People, Inside our Collections

Discovering the Art of ‘Flora Cubana’ in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library

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Since starting as an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Garden’s Humanities Institute in September, I’ve worked almost entirely remotely, relying on the Garden’s excellent ... Read More

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