Our annual Hispanic Heritage Month festivities culminated this October with Fiesta de Flores, a lively celebration of the cultural traditions and botanical heritage of the people of Latin America and the Caribbean that for the past 11 years has been a highlight of fall at the Garden. During this day of live dance, music, food, and more, we were honored to join Councilman Rafael Salamanca, Jr. in presenting Rep. Ritchie Torres with a Distinguished Leadership Award for his outstanding leadership, commitment, and contributions to the people and the Borough of the Bronx.
Thanks to everyone who was able to join us at NYBG for the fun, and we'll see you at next year's event!
Zombies are very real! If you’re an ant, that is. 🐜
Meet Dr. João Araújo, NYBG’s Assistant Curator of Mycology and a globetrotting scientist in search of the creepiest critters in the mushroom kingdom. His work takes him all over the world on the hunt for fungi, but perhaps not the kind you’re used to—these parasitic fungi can take over insects’ brains to make them do their bidding! Find out how. 🧟🍄
There’s hocus pocus in the air as October comes to the Garden—along with hundreds of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes! And what better way to welcome spooky season than to the tune of the Sanderson Sisters flying their brooms overhead? 🎃🧙♀️🕷
Fall-O-Ween at NYBG makes our 250 acres POP with ghouls and gourds, frights and foliage, and plenty of chances to soak up the beauty of this changing season. Break out your autumn coat and join us throughout the month for the blooms of Kiku in the Haupt Conservatory, a weekend pumpkin carving face-off with some of the region’s best artists, fall cooking (and tasting!) demos, after-dark adventures for all ages, and of course the return of some of the world’s largest pumpkins as Halloween nears.
Fall is just getting started, but it’ll be gone before you know it. Learn more, get your tickets, and be sure to bring your costume—witches are welcome! https://fal.cn/3spZc
The Bond of Live Things Everywhere: Joshua Bennett
"This project started as a dream, well over a decade ago ... I've been writing for about that long about what I've called the Black environmental imagination, which takes many forms."
With The Bond of Live Things Everywhere now open through November 6, we spoke with its Curator, the Bronx's own Joshua Bennett, about his installation of Black poetry and performance in the open air. Learn where this poet and scholar found his inspiration, what he hopes people take away from it, and how he sees it as a source of joy, surprise, and delight.
Learn more: https://fal.cn/3scNd
"We're able to work with and depend on plants in ways that we can't depend on our food system, our current healthcare system ... It is in our best interest to not only consume plants, but to study them."
In Arvolyn Hill's latest "Plants as Liberation" interview, hear from Frances Perez-Rodriguez, Food & Land Education Coordinator for Woke Foods, as she discusses her childhood breakthrough moment with herbs in the garden, reconnecting to her roots as a Black person in America, and learning the skills needed to work with the land and plants as a means of healing.
As we near the opening of our summer exhibition, Around the Table: Stories of the Foods We Love, we're thrilled to reveal the exhibition’s new artwork by Bronx muralist Andre Trenier. 🎨
At the center of Trenier’s work, seen here, is a painted table representing the 30 picnic tables that’ll be placed across our 250 acres this summer, each one uniquely designed by local Bronx artists in celebration of the cultural and historical significance of crops and plant-based food traditions. This week we welcomed the artists to their new studio space at the Garden—and they wasted no time in diving into their projects!
Get a sneak peek of our visiting artists' first day of work in this video, and stay tuned as the artists share their progress leading up to the June 4 launch of this exciting exhibition. Learn more: https://fal.cn/3nP9S
Orchid Evenings are for dancing your way into spring thanks to Princess Lockerooo, Harold O'Neal, and their ongoing live performances at NYBG in April! 💃🎉
Make your way to the Bronx this Saturday, April 16—as well as on our final nights on the 22nd and 23rd—to experience The Orchid Show: Jeff Leatham's Kaleidoscope while the sun sets on the Garden, with drinks, fresh bites from our friends at the Bronx Night Market, and more. It’s one of the best ways to experience the color and life of this incredible floral exhibition.
Get your tickets: https://fal.cn/3nLJm
Women of Bronx Green-Up: Ursula Chanse
"Being part of Bronx Green-Up, and the work that we're doing, has been this source of constant hope."
Hear from Ursula Chanse, Director of NYBG’s Bronx Green-Up and Community Horticulture, on her upbringing among greenery and return to New York, as well as her leadership role in helping neighborhood groups develop local gardens and urban farms—providing food to their communities during the pandemic.
Plants as Liberation: Maryah Greene
"I like the starting of something—seeing how much love and education you can put into something, and then seeing the end result."
In Arvolyn Hill's second "Plants as Liberation" interview, hear from Maryah Greene—a teacher and Plant Doctor at Greene Piece—as she discusses what inspired her love of plants and nature; how she helps people around the city find the right plants for the right spaces, her background in education and how it informs her current work; and more.
Plants as Liberation: Kamili Bell Hill
Jump into our first episode of "Plants as Liberation" with Arvolyn Hill, Manager of the Everett Children's Adventure Garden, as she interviews Black herbalists, houseplant enthusiasts, farmers, and gardeners to learn how they're using plants as powerful means of expression.
Hear from Kamili Bell Hill—founder of PlantBlerd and Black People With Plants—as she discusses her early life growing up with plants, "the peace and revolutionary rest" found in reclaiming her roots in horticulture and agriculture, why she's so fond of the Monstera, and much more.
Welcome to Plants as Liberation Series
Join Arvolyn Hill, Manager of Family Programs at NYBG's Everett Children's Adventure Garden, as she kicks off "Plants as Liberation"—a wide-ranging series of interviews featuring Black herbalists, house plant enthusiasts, farmers, and gardeners that spotlights the ways they're using plants as a powerful expression of liberation and freedom.
Video conversations will be posted on our NYBG YouTube Channel and Black History Month web page with plantblerd @greene.piece Carolyn Finney and @DJfreedem. Then coming soon @freedomfransorants, and more! Head through to learn more about Black History Month 2022 at NYBG: https://fal.cn/3mdly
Honoring Karen Washington
For 30 years, Karen Washington has been a force for good in the Bronx as an urban farmer, community activist, and advocate for food justice. Learn more about this NYBG Trustee and her transformative work as we revisit her recent honoring this #BlackHistoryMonth.
Learn more at nybg.org: https://fal.cn/3m5Et
An Urban Farmer Honors Her Roots: Kadeesha Williams
"It is joyous, it is grounding, it is fantastic and magical. And I just think that more people deserve to be a part of that."
Hear from former NYBG Community Horticulturist/Urban Agriculturist Kadeesha Williams as she discusses turning her dream of honoring her heritage and family identity in urban farming into a reality by founding the Iridescent Earth Collective—a BIPOC- and Queer-centered educational farm.
Discover more from this month's Black History Month Celebration at NYBG: https://fal.cn/3lTEK
A bit of snow hasn't gotten in the way of lunch for the Garden's squirrels. 🐿️
Winter may seem like a quiet season at the Garden, but after a good snowfall it's the perfect opportunity to see the bustle of wildlife, whether photographing birds in the bare trees, keeping an eye out for squirrels and chipmunks making their daily rounds, and even spotting the trails of footprints left by the many animals that call our 250 acres home.
Get outside in the New Year as NYBG GLOW continues at the Garden! ❄️✨
Keep the celebration going with 30% off tickets to our entirely outdoor evening adventures. NYBG GLOW continues this January with multiple nights to enjoy these after-dark events, with hot cocoa, drinks, fresh eats from the Bronx Night Market, and more. Explore a landscape of brilliantly lit displays—from the glowing Pollen Puffs to the mesmerizing Fluorescent Fungi—and create your picture-perfect photos, all while enjoying live music and ice carving by visiting artists.
Head through and use code GLOW30 for 30% off your tickets, but don't wait. Evenings do sell out! https://fal.cn/3l9My
The Garden is once again open and welcoming visitors to our beautiful 250 acres in the Bronx, where winter is here and the grounds offer plenty of sights to discover—not to mention the Holiday Train Show and NYBG GLOW! 🌲
Learn more and get tickets here, as dates do sell out! https://fal.cn/3kUUM
NYBG GLOW Is a Hit!
The holiday season has begun and GLOW is a hit! ❄️✨
Discover an outdoor wonderland featuring thousands of dazzling lights—newly expanded this year with 1.5 miles of colorful displays. Enjoy a bite to eat from the @BronxNightMarket, take in music from Steel Pan Holiday, and marvel at artistic ice sculpting during these after-dark events at NYBG. And you can make your visit that much more memorable with an evening viewing of the Holiday Train Show by grabbing this year's new combo ticket.
Head through to get yours, as dates do sell out! https://fal.cn/3khG7
Cover Crop Workshop
It's time to prep your garden beds for the winter to come, and that means cover crops! ☘️
Join Che Cooper, Horticulturist & Urban Agriculturalist for Bronx Green-Up, to learn about the plant species that make good cover crops, how they help fortify your soil for next year's growing season, and how to protect your seeds to ensure they germinate.
Fall has most certainly made itself known at NYBG! Have you checked in on our Fall Color Cam yet? 🍁
The livestream, set at the Stone Mill along the Bronx River and facing out on a section of the Thain Forest, is live 24/7 for you to see how things look here at the Garden.
Check it out before your visit, and we hope to see you here for Fall Forest Weekends, kicking off this Saturday, November 6: https://fal.cn/3jBOA
They're gigantic, they're orange, and they're finally here—this year's enormous gourds have arrived at the Garden for Giant Pumpkin Weekend. 🎃
Learn more about these heavyweights now on display at NYBG through October 31, including where they come from, who grew them, and how much they clock in at on the scale (the smallest of the three still weighs over a ton). https://fal.cn/3jg7i
And while you're here this weekend, don't miss Adam Bierton's pumpkin carving demos from 1–4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday!
Baby Snapping Turtle Season
They may be tiny now, but soon they'll be the biggest reptiles in the Garden. 🐢
September is baby snapping turtle season in New York, when the eggs laid in early summer are ready to hatch. And this year we were lucky to catch them on the move! Hear from Arvolyn Hill, Coordinator of Family Programs in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden, to learn more about these beloved residents of NYBG.
Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month
Hear from New York State Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernandez Nathalia Fernandez as she welcomes you to Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month at NYBG, celebrating the traditions of Latin America and the Caribbean. Then head through to see how we're taking part, from revisiting past musical performances at the Garden to dance, scientist stories, and more: https://fal.cn/3ieDR
Join us for one final Bronx Food & Farm Tour in 2021 as summer winds down, and explore the members of Bronx Green-Up's Community Farm Hubs in the Morrisania neighborhood—including Jackson Forest, Morris Campus, and Morning Glory.
See what they've each been growing this year and how their diligent gardeners have been helping to supply thousands of pounds of fresh, healthful produce to those in need. Then stick around for a salad recipe demo from B. Blossom Catering.