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New York Botanical Garden: 21st Annual Winter Lecture Series: Gardens of Meaning – All Three Lectures – ONLINE

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New York Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Boulevard 
Bronx, New York 10458-5126 

The Garden is open 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday, and Monday federal holidays.

All visitors, including Members, must purchase or reserve timed-entry tickets in advance.

Discover spectacular gardens and collections across our 250 acres. Walk the shaded trails of our old-growth forest. Relax near a sparkling natural waterfall in the Bronx River. Stroll along the Native Plant Garden’s breezy promenade and meadow. There’s so much to see—from vibrant palettes of daylilies and hydrangeas to the tranquil beauty of water lilies and lotuses.

Plan your visit today. Explore what’s beautiful now, dig deeper into our collections with audio tours, embark on an adventure with our kids and family activity guide, and more.


Holiday Train Show open until January 31, 2021:


Rediscover the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory—reopening with very limited capacity in accordance with New York Forward safety guidelines. Explore its newly restored iconic palm dome, replanted with majestic soaring species from around the world, along with galleries featuring aquatic plants and vines, lush tropical rain forests, cactus-filled deserts, and many other natural habitats.

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Winter Adult Education Classes:

21st Annual Winter Lecture Series: Gardens of Meaning – All Three Lectures – ONLINE

This lecture series will take place online. Registered students will receive login instructions.
This year’s speakers approach the garden from non-traditional perspectives-healing, inclusiveness, and music-that add new layers to our notions of beautiful spaces and the gardening experience.

Sue Stuart-Smith: The Well-Gardened Mind
Thursday, 1/28, 11 am-12 pm | ONLINE | 213GAR801BO

Distinguished psychiatrist and avid gardener Sue Stuart-Smith believes our minds and our gardens interact in ways that can sustain our innermost selves. Her beautifully written UK bestseller, The Well-Gardened Mind, offers inspiring perspectives on the power of gardening to change people’s lives. For Stuart-Smith, a garden is much more than a beloved physical space. It is a mental space where you can hear your thoughts immersed in the primal awareness not only of nature’s beauty, but the eternal cycle of the seasons. Informed by literature, neuroscience and her experiences as therapist and gardener, she celebrates the joys of gardening, but also the life-affirming benefits of tending plants-physical, psychological and metaphorical. 

Leslie Bennett: Gardens of Sanctuary
Thursday, 2/25, 11 am-12 pm | ONLINE | 213GAR801CO

Founder and owner of Pine House Edible Gardens, Leslie Bennett designs, builds, and maintains edible and culturally resonant landscapes that are beautiful and productive. The gardens she creates provide visual, physical, and cultural inspiration-along with nourishing organic harvests of food, flowers and medicinal herbs. With degrees from Harvard, Columbia Law School, and University College London in the fields of environmental law,cultural property, and social justice, Bennett brings a rare and important perspective to her landscape designs and her business practices. One effort of Pine House Edible Gardens is the Oakland, CA-based Black Sanctuary Gardens project, founded by Bennett in 2018, which actively works to create garden spaces of refuge and beauty in collaboration with Black women and communities. 

Larry Weaner: Music Composition and Landscape Design
Thursday, 3/25, 11 am-12 pm | ONLINE | 213GAR801DO

For landscape designer and composer Larry Weaner, garden design and music composition have much in common. While one may be visual and the other sonic, both look to explore freedom of expression within formal constraints. Both are endlessly engaging pursuits, where no matter how much you know, there is always more to discover. Working with plants—like playing jazz—is a give and take, a call and response, where every action stimulates a reaction—with sometimes unexpected consequences. Weaner believes that understanding the principles and techniques of composition can help designers create “musical” landscapes that can evoke powerfully direct emotional responses, reveal themselves gracefully over time and the seasons, and incorporate elements of improvisation. 

**All visitors, including Members, must purchase or reserve timed-entry tickets in advance.

My Day at the Garden, On-going

As you explore the Garden with your family, use our Family Guide to record what you find while completing activities in the Thain Family Forest, Barnsley Beds, the Native Plant Garden, and Wetland Trail.


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The New York Botanical Garden is an iconic living museum, a major educational institution, and a renowned plant research and conservation organization. The 250-acre site contains a landscape with over one million living plants; the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, a greenhouse containing several habitats; and the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, which contains one of the world’s largest collections of botany-related texts.

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