New York Botanical Garden Art & Antiques Show – Heaven Scent

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Flowering Cherry Tree

Magnificent Trees; Flowering Cherry, courtesy New York Botanical Garden

The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) has some wondrous events planned for their upcoming Spring and Summer showing in 2018. They include Special Weekend Events including the Daffodil Celebration & Wine Weekend | Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Party | Rose Garden Weekend and the Garden Art and Antiques Fair, taking place in the Conservatory Tent with the NYBG landmark Enid A. Haupt Conservatory as its magnificent backdrop

NYBG Garden Art & Antiques Fair, courtesy New York Botanical Garden

This heaven scent opportunity to enjoy the world of antiques and art set among the glories of the NYBG expansive blossoming Spring garden, will commence with an Exclusive Evening Preview and renowned collector’s plant sale on Thursday May 3, 2018 from 6 – 8 pm.

There will be a wonderful array of unique and very special works of garden art and antiques for those seeking something special to adorn their home and garden.

Snapshot Garden Art & Antiques Fair 2017, courtesy New York Botanical Garden

Garden Art & Antiques Fair, courtesy New York Botanical Garden

Visitors will be encouraged to explore a wide range of decorative art and classic furniture of the finest quality, some with a modern twist, showcased by some 30 leading dealers.


Installation view Edith A. Haupt Conservatory, photo courtesy New York Botanical Garden

The choice of plants on offer includes the rare, and the beautiful, all hand-picked by the NYBG’s horticultural staff, who will be on hand to advise on the best selections for your home and garden.

Demonstrations and book signings by some of New York cities finest interior and floral designers will be happening around you with a Silent Auction, plus music, signature cocktails and canapes.

Some dealers will take the stage with engaging informative sessions on topics from interior to floral design and you will be able to both meet and mingle with prominent designers seeking to share their expertise.

All the proceeds from this glam evening will benefit the NYBG’s Fund for Horticulture, directly supporting the work of curators and gardeners, who through community programs, are responsible for making the New York Botanical Garden one of the most important horticultural showplaces in the world.


For their Wild Medicine Exhibition in 2013, NYBG recreated the teaching gardens that existed at the University of Padua, Italy during the 16th century.

Historically gardens are known to have had a divine, inspiring or animating influence for humankind. They are a complex form of visual artistic expression, and an observant visitor will never see exactly the same thing twice, a good reason for visiting the NYBG regularly.

The organization of gardens at different times throughout world history has been based on assumptions about ‘man’s relationship with nature’. They are often seen as an allegory for the cycle of human life and death.


Aerial View, Edith A. Haupt Conservatory, photo by Robert Benson, courtesy New York Botanical Garden

The squares, circles and octagons that made up ancient gardens were there for good theological reasons.

The square represented the earthly order of things, the circle indicated the celestial perfection of eternity and the octagon, the circle squared – signified our earthly struggle to achieve everlasting unity.

Symbolically the well-ordered garden provides a sanctuary in which the spirit will be refreshed while giving society collectively a place where they would be able contemplate their growth as individuals.

Following on from the opening night from Friday through Sunday a newly expanded specialty plant sale will be on offer at the NYBG shop, featuring trees, shrubs, vines, hard-to-find perennials, herbs, and annuals from some of horticulture’s finest growers.

Staff with a great deal of expertise on the growing conditions in New York and surrounds will be on hand to help you make the perfect selections.

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Detail: stunning Edith A. Haupt Conservatory with Lotus flowering, courtesy New York Botanical Garden

On Saturday, after exploring the Fair, you will also be able to watch artists create masterful works as more than 20 established plein-air artists spread out across the grounds during the Garden’s Third Annual Plein-Air Invitational. Finished art will be available for purchase.

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An Idyll, a garden setting at Rousham in Kent, England, original design by William Kent (1685-1748)

Surrounding ourselves with items of aesthetic or of what we perceive as natural beauty fulfills a deep emotional need within us all. Such acquisitions will also be a pleasure to behold for your friends and relatives when they come to visit; discovering something new, of great interest and beauty.

Collecting art and antiques for your home both inside and outside can become a great pleasure. Many become ‘hooked’ on the search for that special piece, forgotten, unappreciated and unloved.

Snapshot Garden Art & Antiques Fair 2017, courtesy New York Botanical Garden

Garden Art & Antiques Fair, courtesy New York Botanical Garden

Becoming an antique collector can seem to be fraught with danger for the inexperienced. However, if you make and follow a few rules you can protect your interests when purchasing and enjoy a hobby that will become a richly rewarding part of your life. There are still great treasures out there waiting to be discovered.

Bronze and stone sculptures, cast iron fountains, urns, cherubs, wall mirrors, stone and marble plaques above consoles, a myriad of garden art and antique choices are available, providing the perfect foil for precious plants in a sublime garden setting.


A doorway beckoning you to explore the garden room beyond…

The key is to make informed buying decisions. One way to become informed is to read widely. In academic, curatorial and professional circles many devote their lives to research and willingly share their experience and discoveries with you.

Old catalogues and early publications are also invaluable, especially those from blockbuster exhibitions and selected galleries around the world.

You can also take a course, join a society or club that offers programs and study tours to suit your busy lifestyle.

Whether you have a balcony or a grand estate, if you follow one golden rule and endeavour to collect the very best quality examples from any period of your choice, well then you should do well.

Especially if you are privileged to attend the NYBG Garden Art & Antiques Fair, 2018.

Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle, 2018

Cherry & Conservatory

Cherry in bloom showcasing the Edith A Haupt Conservatory, courtesy New York Botanical Garden

New York Botanical Garden
Garden Art & Antiques Fair 2018

May 3 – Opening Night Preview & Gala
Friday 4 – Sunday 6 May, 2018

2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx,
New York 10458

The New York Botanical Garden is located at Bronx River Parkway (Exit 7W) and Fordham Road. It is easy to reach by Metro-North Railroad, bus, or subway. The Garden is open year-round, Tuesday through Sunday and Monday federal holidays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The best way to enjoy the Garden is with the All-Garden Pass, which includes admission to the grounds as well as to seasonal gardens, exhibitions, and attractions such as the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, and Tram Tour

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