New York Botanical Garden – 125th Anniversary Special Events

Enid A Haupt Conservatory New York Botanical Garden

Enid A Haupt Conservatory in the New York Botanical Garden

The New York Botanical Garden is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2016.

A national treasure for all Americans, the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) retains a fine example of a Victorian greenhouse, the simply splendid Enid A.Haupt Conservatory.

Dedicated to advancing the study of horticulture at the cutting edge of plant research, by connecting gardening to the arts and humanities the NYBG offers multidisciplinary interpretive exhibitions and educational programs throughout the year, reaffirming its goals.

Founded in 1891 to “retain as much as possible the natural scenery of the place”, which… in beauty far exceeds that of any existing botanic garden”, today the garden is a vital research facility, in which the continual monitoring of changes in climate on its fragile ecological system are carried out continually.

This great botanical garden has many compartments that add up to it being a whole renowned internationally.

Thain Family Forest

Walkway through the Thain Family Forest, New York Botanical Garden, New York

An exhibition Celebrating The New York Botanical Garden: 125 years is now on display in the Ross Gallery, showcasing the garden’s development in all seasons.

Photographer Larry Lederman has, over a thirteen year period has captured the garden in all its unparalleled natural beauty as well as many stunning vistas created by its gardeners.

In 2016 the variety of special events on offer are particularly appealing, revealing ‘the deep connections between plants and people, nature and culture.

There is no doubt they will ‘illuminate the importance of gardens to human health and to the lives and work of influential artists and thinkers’.

Dr. Nathaniel Lord Britton a Columbia University professor of botany and geology, and his wife Elizabeth Knight Britton an avid and respected scholar of mosses, founded the NYBG with an important aim

“… the collection and culture of plants, flowers, shrubs and trees, [and] the advancement of botanical science and knowledge…and for the entertainment, recreation, and instruction of the people”.

A complete expression of the vastness of nature, the NYBG contains a wealth of magnificent trees, both native and exotic within its perimeter.

Orchid Show B2

Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden 2015

It’s an important aspect of the earth’s fragile ecological system in a place of great beauty, especially in spring and autumn when all the blossoms come out and the leaves colour gloriously before they fall.

In the Thain Family Forest despite being battered by monster storms, many of the trees still shed their canopies and covers annually to make compost for the plant life that surrounds them.

They represent many lands and cultures and amazingly, include the last remnants of the great forest wilderness with the Bronx River running through it, much of which was destroyed to originally create the city.

It’s an important aspect of the earth’s fragile ecological system in a place of great beauty, especially in spring and autumn when all the blossoms come out and the leaves colour gloriously before they fall.

The only fresh water available to early New Yorker’s, like other rivers of the world the Bronx River suffered when it became a refuse for society. Now in the care of the NYBG it has been rejuvenated so it can continue to offer society a great deal of spiritual refreshment.

The Orchid Show: Orchidelirium commences February 27, 2016 and will also be sure to inspire innovation. Discoveries of new varieties of orchid blooms during the nineteenth century led to what can only be described as a hysterical response, which was aptly named Orchidelirium, the inspiration for this year’s show.

Yellow OrchidAnnually this event is one many people look forward to as it offers an opportunity for orchid growers and those tracking down yet more rare and exotic varieties of orchids to find them.

It also makes them accessible to all who admire these wonderful flowers for their beauty of both form and colour.

Daffodil Hill

Daffodil Hill in Spring, surmounted by beautiful blossom, courtesy New York Botanical Garden

The ‘Daffodil Celebration’ will be combined with a wine weekend, April 23 – 24.

Must say that I would love to be there to see 150,000 daffodil bulbs in bloom, all tossing their happy golden heads in a sprightly dance.

These sunny lovely flowers always fill my heart with pleasure and remind me of the words of William Wordsworth

DaffodilI wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

The 125th Anniversary Edition: The New York Botanical Garden published by Abrams on April 28, 2016, will be a celebration of its achievements and you can order your copy now.

April 29 until May 1 an Antique Garden Furniture Fair, which is the country’s most renowned stage for authentic garden antiques and rarities, will be sure to delight the crowds.

The fair returns to NYBG, with a whole new look and feel designed and produced by the celebrated party planner and interior designer Ken Fulk.

Participants will be able to peruse extensive collections of ornament, decorative art, and timeless furniture for the home and garden by some thirty dealers.

There is a Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Party in May, where you can bring a picnic and enjoy live music, games and more.

Butterfly on LilacAfter restoration and expansion, the historic Lilac Collection will reopen in the most spectacular of all the Spring landscapes in New York City.

What ravishing flowers they are.

From May 14 – September 11 view paintings and sculptures by famed American Impressionists, with a stunning flower show evoking the landscapes depicted in their works to accompany it.

During autumn the NYBG will be dedicating the Michael and Judy Steinhardt Maple Collection, one of my favourite of all trees.

The garden’s important historic collection of maples from around the world has been expanded, with the addition of many rare and unusual plants, including new Japanese maple cultivars.

The collection features dozens of rare and unusual specimens planted among rock outcrops and ancient shade trees that rise above open lawns where Japanese tree peonies and flowering perennials add splashes of colour.

Magnificent Trees in Fall

Magnificent Trees by the Bronx River, part of the Thain family forest within the purview of the New York Botanical Garden

The 125th Anniversary Science and Conservation Symposium on September 23rd, with a panel of experts who will be discussing the challenges of saving the plants of the world, should prove to be ground breaking.

Thain Family Forest

In the NYBG the biodiversity of the plant life is astonishing, the largest tree a London plane, just like those planted by ancient Romans all over their empire, to shelter their citizens and troops on the move from the noonday sun.

There are fountains and follies and great allées of Tulip trees, not to mention the stands of poplars and more, including those marvellous maples and the magnolias.

The remnant of the original forest that once covered most of New York cities area generates feed for a multiplicity of wildlife, including a bevvy of wonderful birds on the wing.

Visiting researchers study there, family groups picnic there, while yet others singly and with friends daily drink in its many delights by strolling in its environs as they re-imagine their lives and futures.

Being the NYBG‘s 125th Anniversary year locals who haven’t visited yet, as well as tourists to New York have a wonderful reason to discover its many wonders.

Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle, 2016

Japanese Maples NYBG

Glory of a Japanese Maple in autumn, New York Botanical Garden

New York Botanical Garden
125th Anniversary Year
Special Events, 2016

The Orchid Show: Orchidelirium
February 27–April 17

Daffodil Celebration and Wine Weekend
April 23–24

Benefit Preview Party Antique Garden Furniture Fair and Collectors’ Plant Sale
April 28

Antique Garden Furniture Fair
April 29–May 1

125th Anniversary Edition: The New York Botanical Garden Published by Abrams
April 28

Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Party
May 7 & 8

Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas
May 14–September 11

NYBG/125 Evenings
May 14–September 11; Select Thursdays & Saturdays

125th Anniversary Concert: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
June 9

125th Anniversary Science and Conservation Symposium
September 23

What in the World is a Herbarium?
September 17, 2016–April 2, 2017

Edible Academy Family Garden Picnic
September 25

October 8–30

Dedication of the Michael and Judy Steinhardt Maple Collection
October 15–16

Holiday Train Show®
November 19, 2016–January 16, 2017

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