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New York Botanical Garden Announces Year of #plantlove

Friday Feb 1, 2019

The New York Botanical Garden has announced 2019 as its year of #plantlove. Exhibitions, programs, and projects will explore the essential connections between plants, people, and the environment.

Without plants, life on Earth would be impossible. They provide oxygen, food, shelter, and medicine. Plants lift spirits and inspire, but they are often overlooked in a phenomenon known as plant blindness — even as threats to their existence have never been greater. NYBG is building awareness by inviting the public to see plants, get to know plants, help save plants, and join in spreading #plantlove.

#plantlove Highlights

Opens February 2
Discover the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory's permanent collection anew—palms, cycads, Monstera, ferns, cacti, and so many more—through the lens of the curators and gardeners who help it thrive. Explore their love for plants and the fascinating stories they reveal about nature, adaptation, and human culture.

#plantlove: The Weekend
February 16-18

The root of our love for plants is an innate force of nature known as biophilia. Explore this fundamental attraction through special offerings—including Biophilia: Sharing Our #plantlove in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory; curator-selected viewings of the treasured collections of the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium and LuEsther T. Mertz Library; performances by Composer-in-Residence Angélica Negrón; Rain Forest Gallery tours; a propagation workshop; and a #plantlove Happy Hour co-hosted by The Sill, ihavethisthingwithurbanjungles, and ApartmentBotanist — each designed to help foster a deeper connection with the natural world.

The Orchid Show: Singapore
February 23-April 28

The 17th annual Orchid Show is a dazzling tribute to Singapore—one of the world's greatest orchid cultures—where these storied flowers are an integral part of the life of this vibrant "City in a Garden."

Developed in partnership with Singapore Botanic Gardens and Gardens by the Bay, the horticultural spectacle set in the landmark Enid A. Haupt Conservatory featuring thousands of orchids pays homage to Singapore's rich legacy of innovative garden design, spectacular floral display, and achievements in orchid cultivation as well as one of the premier showcases for sustainable development and commitment to a greener planet.

Earth Day Weekend
April 20-22 (Kick-off Talk on April 19)

On one of the most significant weekends of the year to share your #plantlove, join NYBG to celebrate the natural world and learn how we work to preserve and protect our planet's biodiversity.

Deepen your connection with the environment and appreciate its wonders with an interactive musical performance by Composer-in Residence Angélica Negrón, a parade, and behind-the-scenes tours and programs highlighting NYBG's mission-driven commitment to saving the plants of the world. The weekend begins with a Friday talk by historian and author Andrea Wulf, celebrating the 250th anniversary of pioneering explorer/environmentalist Alexander von Humboldt, presented by the Humanities Institute.

"The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx"
June 8-September 29

Discover the fascinating life of Roberto Burle Marx (1909-94), a principal figure in the modernist art and garden movement in Latin America during the second half of the 20th century. Explore how his immersive garden designs were fully integrated with his artistic work, his passion for botany and plant exploration, and his longtime leadership in plant conservation.

This is the first ever exhibition to combine a large-scale horticultural tribute to Burle Marx's influential garden designs, and a curated gallery of his paintings, prints, drawings, and textiles and will reveal deep connections between his artistic practice and his commitment to environmental conservation. The exhibition will highlight his boldly modern landscape designs, executed in vibrant color and fluid geometric forms; his dynamic and genre-spanning works of art; and his celebrated contributions to horticultural exploration and plant conservation in his native Brazil.


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