Bronx - The New York Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Boulevard
718-817-8700

Mission

The New York Botanical Garden is an advocate for the plant kingdom. The Garden pursues its mission through its role as a museum of living plant collections arranged in gardens and landscapes across its National Historic Landmark site; through its comprehensive education programs in horticulture and plant science; and through the wide-ranging research programs of the International Plant Science Center.

History

Distinguished by the beauty of its landscape, collections, and gardens as well as the scope and excellence of its programs in horticulture, education, and science, The New York Botanical Garden is unique among museums and public places in America. The illustrious history of the Garden began during the 19th-century civic movement in New York City to create a cosmopolitan world capital. City officials, prominent financiers, and corporate citizens created an impressive roster of great cultural institutions, including public libraries, museums, zoos, and this botanical garden.

Inspired by an 1888 visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, near London, eminent Columbia University botanist Nathaniel Lord Britton, and his wife, Elizabeth, also a botanist, determined that New York should have one of the world's great botanical gardens. Upon their return home, they launched a public campaign to establish this institution as a private, non-profit corporation in partnership with New York City and State, and their new botanical garden was chartered by New York State in 1891.

Because of its highly picturesque terrain, the freshwater river in a rock-cut gorge, and 50 acres of old-growth forest, Britton chose this City-owned property as the future home of The New York Botanical Garden in 1895. Calvert Vaux, co-designer of Central Park, laid out the Garden's first schematic design. Many of Vaux's plans, including roadways and paths, are prominent features today. Later the Olmsted Brothers firm developed the roadway and circulation plan, and since those early years many distinguished American landscape and garden designers have contributed significant elements. Many historic landscapes have been restored in recent years.

This has always been a botanical garden with a three-fold mission -  to conduct basic and applied research on the plants of the world with the goal of protecting and preserving them where they live in the wild; to maintain and improve the gardens and collections at the highest horticultural standard; and to use the Garden itself as a venue for teaching the public about plant biology, horticulture, and the natural world generally.

Driven by this mission, the Garden's Board and staff have created one of the world's most comprehensive plant research and conservation programs, which includes fieldwork to discover new species, active collaborations to promote forest and habitat protection, and plant molecular biology. In the course of a century-long effort, the institution has amassed over 7,300,000 plant specimens in the research herbarium, now among the four largest in the world; built the world’s most important research library about plant science and horticulture; continued to steward this important American landscape; and taught millions of visitors to love and respect the world's flora.



Reviews

Vivek Jain

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Sunday, April 8, 2018
Beautiful Orchid festival. Evening show was fun with wine/bar and music. I would go just before the sunset so that I enjoy both sides. It's beautiful to see flowers during the sun and in dark is a very different experience

Stacey Zimmerman

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Sunday, April 8, 2018
An almost perfect natural paradise, close to NYC and the suburbs. The Terrace Restaurant is fantastic. Overall, a great day, far away from the hustle of everyday life

Joyce Chao

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Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018
I absolutely love the botanical gardens here. It’s large enough to spend an entire day in when the outdoor gardens are open. I’ve been here for several exhibits including the orchids exhibit and the Chihuly exhibit. I’ve been impressed every time! Everything is perfectly arranged. Good for dates and family outings. It is pretty far from the city, so if you make the trek you’ll likely want to spend at least a couple hours here. You won’t regret it!

Nivedita Banerjee

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Monday, Jan. 29, 2018
Amazing and Beautiful. Such a beautiful place for a day out. We went from CT and it was worth, the cherry blossom and the tulip gardens were outstanding.

G Aquino

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Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017
This listing is for the train station that serves its namesake botanical garden just across the street. The train is not part of the NYC subway (the nearest subway station is 7 blocks northwest). This one is a suburban train, with Grand Central station as its terminus in NYC. The trip between Grand Central and the Botanical Garden is fast and comfortable, around 20 minutes and making only a few stops. Tickets are expectedly more expensive than the subway. There are no turnstiles here but a sign for a ticket booth is posted by the entrance. We didn't find the booth and there are no staff manning the station so we just hopped on a passing train and paid $13 on-board for each ticket. Would have been cheaper buying from a ticket booth.

Upcoming Events at The New York Botanical Garden

Exhibition - The Orchid Show

Thursday, Apr 19, 2018 at 10:00am
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Exhibition: Out of the Woods: Celebrating Trees in Public Gardens

Thursday, Apr 19, 2018 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - The Orchid Show

Friday, Apr 20, 2018 at 10:00am
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Exhibition: Out of the Woods: Celebrating Trees in Public Gardens

Friday, Apr 20, 2018 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - The Orchid Show

Saturday, Apr 21, 2018 at 10:00am
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Exhibition: Out of the Woods: Celebrating Trees in Public Gardens

Saturday, Apr 21, 2018 at 10:00am
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Exhibition: Out of the Woods: Celebrating Trees in Public Gardens

Sunday, Apr 22, 2018 at 10:00am
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Recent News

Holiday Train Show 2015

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Holiday Film Screening 2014

Enjoy some of the most cherished holiday films as they were meant to be seen: on the big screen! Expanding on last year's program, this series will include classic films with train themes as well as traditional holiday fare.Date and time exceptions: …

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