New York Botanical Garden Native Plant Garden Opening

Nearly five years in the making, OvS is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of the redesigned Native Plant Garden at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) on May 3.

It’s a beautiful place to escape the city and experience native plants in all their glory. Visit NYBG May 3-5 or on Mother’s Day weekend to see the dramatic display of the spring ephemerals sweeping through the woodland.
The double-flowered bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis f. multiplex) was among the first of the ephemerals to bloom during OvS Senior Associate Hilary Oat-Judge’s visit last week. The tightly furled leaf revealed a blush pink bud that opened to a ruffled, pure white bloom. It was a delicate start to the spring show in the garden, but by May, the display will be at its peak and well worth a trip to NYBG.

We hope that the garden will inspire you to use native plants in new ways. Come to the symposium on Friday, May 3 to hear from these renowned figures in the horticulture and design fields:

Dr. Robert Naczi, Arthur J. Cronquist Curator of North American Botany at NYBG, will speak about how plant populations are responding to environmental change
Dr. Douglas Tallamy, Chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware, will discuss the essential role native plants play in sustaining native birds and insects
Rick Darke, President of Rick Darke LLC, author, photographer and lecturer, will discuss using natives to create vibrant designed landscapes
Sheila Brady, FASLA, OvS principal, will speak about her vision for creating the new Native Plant Garden