Wednesday, June 3, 2009
From our features editor Jenny Andrews reporting from New York: "I’m embarrassed to say that I had never visited the New York Botanical Garden before, despite having worked at a botanical garden for years. But it was worth the wait, as the staff gave me the grandest of tours on May 21. Melinda Manning, Director of Public Relations, had arranged a full experience, starting with a thorough overview by Todd Forrest, VP for Horticulture and Living Collections, who drove me past and among all the major gardens and collections, and through the virgin woods that NYBG is fortunate to encompass. (Want to see what New York looked like before it became über urban? Check out this woodland, with the Bronx River running through it.) NYBG has really interesting and beautiful exhibitions every year. I was there in time to see The Glory of Dutch Bulbs, timed for the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s exploration of what was to become New York."