I will be leading the one hour tour of this very special old growth forest. The tour includes the history of this forest, including NYBGʻs conservation work, plus the identification of many of the forest trees.
I am leading the one hour tour,which meets at the reflecting pool in the Visitorʻs Center. I will be pointing out many wonderful spring ephemerals ,including a group of Ladyʻs Slipper Orchids growing in the Native Plant Garden. The tour is included free with your Garden Admission.
As you walk on Garden Way between the Mertz Library and the Reflecting Pool at the Visitorʻs Center , donʻt forget to look up to see the lovely lanterns created by contemporary sculptor Mark Chai, who lives on the island of Oʻahu. The lanterns are created of wood; the shapes are based on fruits that grow in Hawaiʻi such as breadfruit and mountain apples. I am not sure what fruit is represented in the photo below; if anyone does know, please let me know. If you want to see Mark Chai talking about the inspiration for his work, visit gok.nybg.org ( gok stands for Georgia OʻKeeffe, took me a second to figure that out!).
Prediction: You will be Happy with New York Botanical Garden's New Show called Georgia O'Keefe: Visions of Hawaiʻi
The latest exhibit at New York Botanic Garden has been years in the making and you are going to want to see it! The collection of Georgia O 'Keefe paintings of Hawaiʻi is beautifully curated, including both flowers and landscapes of Hawai'i. The plant list for the Hawaiian flower display inside the conservatory includes 300 species! I will be talking about some of these beauties on future blogs. And, here's a hint from a volunteer at the garden: visits on weekdays are good because the garden is less crowded and visits on weekends are good because much of the special programming ( e.g. hula dancing, Hawaiian artisan demonstration) is scheduled then. Bottom line: I recommend that you go!
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Fort Meyers Yellow'
Excited to attend the training for volunteers today on the special Georgia O'Keeffe: Visions of Hawaiʻi show starting at the New York Botanical Garden - Members-Only Preview Friday 5/18. Show Saturday 5/19/18-10/28/18.
Flowers of Hawai'i in the Conservatory is paired with more than 15 O'Keeffe Hawaiian paintings in the library. P.S. Hawaii is spelled with an okina ,also called a glottal stop, between the two i's. I had to get a Hawaiian keyboard on my Mac!
Note white flowers on top and pink flowers on bottom. The photo on the right shows the junction of the white tree and pink tree trunks. This is a special tree that I look forward to seeing each spring. I am not sure why it is encircled by a green band, and i am hoping that does not mean it will be cut down😱.
Aesculus hippocastanum is the Latin name for the white-flowered horse chestnut. It is native to the Balkans.
The pink flowered species is Aesculus x carnea, a cross between Aesculus hippocastanum and Aesculus pavia (red buckeye) . The red buckeye is native to the USA. The nuts of both are poisonous.
The butterfly garden was abloom on recent visit to Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach ! So I made a slideshow dedicated to it. And I was also able to photograph butterflies, caterpillars, and insects associated with these plants. Please take a look at the entire slide show! # butterflies #butterfly
I found this book very helpful in identifying neighborhood palms. As you can see, this copy is from the Palm Beach Library system, but I was able to buy a like- new copy on Amazon! #palms#palm
Auricula theatres have been a spring tradition in England since the 1800's; they consist of a wooden showcase on which are displayed auricula primroses (hybrids of Primula auricula and Primula hirsuta) that have been carefully raised all winter to bloom in the spring. I chanced upon a lovely garden blog from the Winterbourne Garden in England showing how they built their auricula theatre. The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) in the Bronx has its own theater (as we spell it in the United States); it was designed in 2007 by The Dowager Marchioness of Salisbury, a celebrated garden designer, garden historian, and horticulturist. See photo of the NYBG theater below, currently on display in the Nancy Bryan Luce Herb Garden. #NYBG #primula
This is last day to see the #NewYorkBotanicalGarden #orchid show, featuring orchid installations by Daniel Ost. Sunny, 63 degrees, the orchid show, an earth day celebration, spring bulbs popping up everywhere; it is going to be a delightful day in the Bronx!
Katherine Wagner-Reiss has her botany Certificate from the New York Botanical Garden, where she is a volunteer tour guide.