The New York Botanical Garden is one of the most impressive botanical gardens in the United States, attracting over 800,000 visitors annually. Located in New York City’s Bronx neighborhood, it covers over 250 acres and houses some of the world’s premier plant laboratories. The Garden offers scientific botanical exhibits for visitors, as well as more artistic flower and sculpture shows every year, and summer is one of the best times to visit this breathtaking New York City gem.
This summer, the Botanical Garden will host a handful of grand-scale flower exhibitions. Here are some of the highlights:
Wild Medicine: Healing Plants Around the World, Featuring The Italian Renaissance Garden. This exhibit runs through September 8th, and features a re-creation of Europe’s first botanical garden in Padua. Here, you can discover how global cultures rely on plants for their healing powers, as well as for other uses like food and cosmetics. Among myriad exotic plants you’ll find a presentation of rare books and manuscripts detailing the early implementation of plants as medicine.
Four Seasons. “Four Seasons” is an impressive sculpture installation, which will run at the Gardens until the end of October. Each elaborate sculpture signifies one of the four seasons, which are very diverse in New York State. The installation was created by American artist and filmmaker Phillip Haas, and is a great exhibit to visit if you are at the Botanical Gardens.
The Edible Garden. This exhibit will also remain open to visitors until October, and is sure to delight families with cooking demonstrations, daily activities, and opportunities for hands-on gardening. “The Edible Garden” will be hosted within the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden, where your family can enjoy food tastings, picnics, and many activities this summer.
For more information about exhibits and installations at the New York Botanical Gardens, visit their official website. Have fun exploring the gardens this summer!