Spend Earth Day, the day after, or both, at The New York Botanical Garden to celebrate all things green, and pink, purple, red and more colors of our beautiful earth. Two days of events begin with the opening Saturday of the spectacular CHIHULY exhibit of glass sculptures throughout NYBG.
There are also behind-the-scenes tours, glass-blowing demonstrations, eco-friendly crafts projects for the kids, and more.
Artworks by world-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly are on view at NYBG in his first major garden exhibition in New York in more than ten years. There are more than 30 installations throughout the garden, including a museum-like display of intricate glass pieces in the library building.
This schedule of Earth Day Weekend events at NYBG does not include the cherry blossoms, dogwood, tulips, azeleas and other colorful blooms ready to welcome you.
Everything on this Earth Day Weekend schedule is FREE with admission.
CHIHULY opens with a colorful tribute to nature. Beginning at the Visitor Center, walk side by side with giant puppets, drummers, stilt walkers, and other performing artists as the parade moves through the Garden. Plus, learn more about the work of Garden scientists during the Annual Research and Conservation Open House. The festivities continue around the Conservatory with food, drink, lawn games, and live music.
Live Music & Lawn Games
Saturday, April 22; 12–4:30 p.m. & Sunday, April 23; 12–5 p.m.
A band that bridges the gap between traditional bluegrass and the New Blue movement, Moonshine Falls create a harmonious sound that is steeped in tradition.
On the Conservatory Lawn
Flame Work Demonstrations
Saturday, April 22 & Sunday, April 23; 12–4 p.m.
Artists from UrbanGlass—a contemporary glass center in Brooklyn—demonstrate the fascinating art of melting and manipulating hot glass using a torch and flame.
At Conservatory Plaza and the Leon Levy Visitor Center
DIY Craft – Streamers
Saturday, April 22 & Sunday, April 23; 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Kids and families can make their own colorful streamers and join the Earth Day processions at 1 and 3 p.m. Materials available while supplies last.
In the Perennial Garden
Earth Day Procession
Saturday, April 22 & Sunday, April 23; 1 & 3 p.m.
Join this participatory parade throughout the Garden. Featured artists include FogoAzul, an all-women Brazilian drumline, The Brooklyn Jumbies stilt walkers, a giant inflatable 10’ Earth Ball carried by NYBG Explainers, Alice Farley Dance, and Lucrecia Novoa’s Giant Monarch Butterfly Puppets.
Starts at the Native Plant Garden
Annual Research and Conservation Open House
Saturday, April 22 & Sunday, April 23; 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Learn about NYBG’s programs and facilities to explore, understand, document, and conserve Earth’s plant and fungal diversity
Research & Conservation Information Booth
Saturday, April 22 & Sunday, April 23; 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
See critical components of a scientist’s tool kit used on expeditions around the world. See stand-out examples of specimens collected in the field.
At Conservatory Plaza
Tours of What in the World is a Herbarium?
Saturday, April 22 & Sunday, April 23; 12 & 3 p.m.
Herbarium Open House; 12–3 p.m.
Meet some of the staff of the Steere Herbarium, and learn more about the exhibition What in the World is a Herbarium?
In Ross Gallery
Behind-the-Scenes Tours of the Plant Research Laboratory
Saturday, April 22 & Sunday, April 23; 12:30 & 3:30 p.m.
Walk through the Garden’s state-of-the-art laboratory and meet some of the scientists who lead teams studying DNA and genomes in order to understand plants, fungi, and algae at their most essential levels.
In Ross Gallery
Film Screenings: Look Who’s Minding Our Planet
Saturday, April 22 & Sunday, April 23; 12 p.m.
Filmmaker Sara Lukinson explores the visionary partnership between philanthropist Lewis Cullman and The New York Botanical Garden, which has resulted in a world-class plant research program.
In Ross Hall
Film Screenings: Chihuly Short Cuts
Saturday, April 22 & Sunday, April 23; 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Short films offer an intimate look at Dale Chihuly’s creative process, revisiting earlier themes and exploring new ideas that inspire the continued evolution of his work.
IN ROSS GALLERY
What in the World is a Herbarium?
Through October 29, 2017
With more than 7.8 million preserved specimens, the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium is the largest herbarium in the Western Hemisphere. This exhibition celebrates the Steere Herbarium as the centerpiece of the Garden’s botanical research program, and a priceless resource for scholars from around the world. Through this exhibition, learn some of the many ways that Garden scientists are working to study and save the plants of the world.
Events for children:
Nature’s Sculptures, in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden
Saturday, April 22 & Sunday, April 23; 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Using Chihuly’s glass sculptures as a foundation, kids will explore the shapes and colors of plants in the Garden. They will find inspiration in the vivid colors and patterns of nature throughout the Garden’s landscape, and craft a habitat to house their own air plant.
Dig! Plant! Grow! Wake Up, Garden, across from the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden
Saturday, April 22 & Sunday, April 23; 1:30–5:30 p.m.
Celebrate spring in the Family Garden by sowing seeds, digging, and watering. Explore NYBG’s soil, learn more about compost with our worms, and take home your own worm castings.
Additional programs, expert-led tours and workshop demonstrations
Saturday, April 22; 11:00 a.m.
Collect data on resident bird populations and migratory species that help to assess the health of bird populations and to guide conservation action.
Meet at the Reflecting Pool at the Leon Levy Visitor Center.
Rock Garden Tour
Saturday, April 22; 12:30 p.m.
The Rock Garden is a three-acre oasis complete with a pond, waterfall, and alpine plants from six of the seven continents. Go on a walking tour to learn more about these jewel-like plants.
Ross Conifer Arboretum Tour
Saturday, April 22; 2:30 p.m.
The Arthur and Janet Ross Conifer Arboretum is a historic, 15-acre collection of pines, spruces, and mountain firs from around the world. These irreplaceable trees were among the first planted at the Garden, some as far back as the early 1900s. Tour these exquisite specimens with a Garden Guide.
Native Plant Garden Tour
Sunday, April 23; 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.
The Native Plant Garden houses a diverse collection of ferns, perennials, shrubs, and trees native to the northeastern United States. Take a guided tour through these re-created habitats.
The Chihuly exhibit is open through mid-October. There also will be special Chihuly Evenings when sculptures are lit.
HOURS AND ADMISSION FEES
The New York Botanical Garden is a 250-acre museum of plants located at Bronx River Parkway (Exit 7W) and Fordham Road. It is easy to reach by Metro-North Railroad or subway.
The Garden is open year-round, Tuesday through Sunday and Monday federal holidays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The best way to enjoy the Garden is with the All-Garden Pass, which includes admission to the grounds as well as to seasonal gardens, exhibitions, and attractions such as the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, Native Plant Garden, and Tram Tour. For ticket pricing, please check our Web site. For more information, please call 718.817.8700 or visit nybg.org.
The New York Botanical Garden is located on property owned in full by the City of New York, and its operation is made possible in part by public funds provided through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. A portion of the Garden’s general operating funds is provided by The New York City Council and The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The Bronx Borough President and Bronx elected representatives in the City Council and State Legislature provide leadership funding.
photo by NYCOTC Editor Evelyn Kanter at a media preview of the Chihuly exhibit on Wed. Apr. 19
featured photo of Chihuly Red Reeds installation courtesy NYBG