Although this time of year might not inspire a yearning to garden in most New Yorkers (it has been hovering around only 30 degrees most days lately), one can still enjoy local flora by way of the New York Botanical Garden. Harsh winter weather does little to deter the remarkable offerings at the NYBG, even during the coldest months of the year. Here are some wonderful early winter programs offered by NYBG:
Winter Tree Tours. Each Saturday throughout early winter, NYBG offers a guided tour through the many unique trees that can be found on the premises. This 45-minute walk takes visitors through the Garden’s conifer collection and old growth Forest and is sure to be an educational and stunning walk through nature.
Landmarks in the Garden. NYBG explains, “Join an expert guide during these Sunday tours dedicated to the historic beauty of the Garden’s architecture, from Tulip Tree Allée to the Haupt Conservatory and beyond,” of this regular tour. If you’ve always admired the beautiful architecture at the NYBG, this tour will provide historical context to the incredible structures that make the Garden such a remarkable place.
Classes at NYBG. If you want to get your gardening fix, why not take a class at the NYBG? Here, you can “enrich yourself personally or professionally in the world of plants,” NYBG explains. From hands-on classes to lectures and everything in between, the classes offered at NYBG are deeply engaging and inspiring.
Flora Illustrata. This “celebration of botanical masterworks” is on view until February 22, and introduces visitors to some of the LuEsther T Mertz. Library’s most fascinating works including “exceedingly rare books, stunning botanical artworks, illustrated manuscripts, medieval herbals, exquisite garden prints and flower books, nursery catalogs, explorers’ notebooks, and more.” Don’t miss out on this beautiful exhibition for a look at rich and colorful gardening artifacts.