The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) will be celebrating Mother’s Day Weekend with a Garden Party, set in the ravishing beauty of a spectacular spring landscape.
On Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12, visitors will be able to enjoy music, picnicking and a wide variety of games and activities, which have been designed for young and old alike; for every member of the family.
Gardens have grown out of intellectual and spiritual ideas that come down to us from ancient times. America’s premier urban garden, the NYGB is an ever-changing living museum, showcasing its natural wonders and saving plants of the world from extinction, while creating a green urban oasis that anchors the local community.
The Arthur and Janet Ross Conifer Arboretum has trees first planted in the early 1900s, making them among the oldest of the garden’s collections, the trees offering a glimpse of wonderful colours and textures in all four seasons.
Staff are all dedicated to achieving excellence in all they do, from plant based education to being a pre-eminent centre for botanical research.
Set on 250 acres of land, its collections and culture of plants, flowers, shrubs and trees, together with its graduate programs, helps large number of visitors both local and international, to learn to both love and value nature. Residents of the Bronx, their neighbourhood, enjoy urban farming and community garden projects.
Currently the Azalea garden is in bloom, as indeed is the Lilac collection along with the blossoms on the Crabapples.
On Mother’s Day you can learn how to craft a floral bouquet and enjoy guided tours of NYBG’s Azalea Garden and Native Plant Garden, designed to delight those interested in learning more about NYBG’s stunning collections.
They include some 30,000 + magnificent trees, some showcased as specimens of their type, some planted in groves or standing in solitary, while yet others line the riverbank in the Thain Family Forest.
Saturday will bring live music from the premier band of the Latin Boogaloo revival, Spanish Fly.
Sometimes known as Popcorn music, Boogaloo fused R&B, rock and roll, soul and mambo together, and became a huge success during the 1960’s on American Bandstand. It remains hugely popular in California, on radio and in hundreds of dance clubs.
Sunday, Grammy-nominated Indian born vocal talent, singer songwriter Falu Shah will perform. Her music blends her own countries sounds and melodies with contemporary western sounds providing her with a burgeoning career.
Food trucks and wine and beer will be available on Daffodil Hill, where each year the Garden springs to life with hundreds of thousands of daffodils.
A sea of yellow and white, including many antique cultivars were planted in the early years of the 20th century and provide an awesome display. You can also explore the rock garden and see if you can find the tiny species of daffodils, some of which are no more than three inches high.
The best way to enjoy the NYBG is with an All-Garden Pass, which includes admission to the grounds as well as to seasonal gardens, exhibitions, and attractions.
You can also visit the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Everett Children’s Adventure Garden or take a Tram Tour to explore the connection between people, plants and the environment.
Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle, 2019
Saturday, May 11, Sunday May 12, 2019
10am to 6pm