What’s Wonderful at the New York Botanical Garden

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Image: via nybg.org

I think it’s safe to say that winter has finally surrendered, and that the slow, drizzly foray into springtime has arrived. How wonderful are those days that are punctuated by surprising bursts of warm sunlight? How precious those tiny buds creeping up from the soil? This time of year is one of the most magical, and there is perhaps no place that stresses the wondrous nature of spring more than the New York Botanical Garden.

I emphatically suggest taking a day to wander the grounds at the Botanical Garden, where already there are many beautiful things to explore. Here’s what’s wonderful at the garden right now:

Spring Awakening Tour

NYBG orchids

It’s looking like spring at the NYBG! Image: nybg via Instagram

“Sights and scents emerge across the 250 acres of the Botanical Garden,” and you can explore all of them on this guided tour. On Saturdays you can join a Garden Guide for a walking tour that highlights the Perennial gardens and the Native Plants.

Early Spring Walks in the Rock Garden

Right now, you can take a solo tour through the New York Botanical Garden’s Rock Garden, where the earliest natural signs of spring are beginning to poke up from the underbrush. Explains the Garden’s staff, “Stroll through a waking landscape of young alpine blooms and woodland plants, or sit and enjoy the hushed flow of the cascade as a new season comes to this 2.5-acre oasis.”

Ross Conifer Arboretum Tour

This guided tour features a 15-acre collection of massive pines, elegant spruces, and mountain fir trees from around the world. Many of these trees were among the first things planted at the New York Botanical Garden, and some have been growing there since the early 1900s. Join in on the tour on Saturdays at 12:30pm.

In addition to these early spring tours, don’t forget about The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary, Orchid Evenings, hands-on events for children, NYBG classes, and plant care demonstrations. There is so much to explore at the Botanical Garden right now!

Learn more at www.nybg.org.

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About Alex Holt

I am a local artist from Brooklyn, NY. I love art, design, books, photography, gardening and blogging.
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