Wednesday, June 3, 2009
From our features editor Jenny Andrews reporting from New York: "A couple of new gardens are in the works at the New York Botanical Garden. Jessica Arcate, Manager of the Forest, gave me a tour of the site of the future Azalea Garden, opening May 2011 (on Mother’s Day—perfect timing). The accompanying perennial plantings among the azaleas are being designed by Oehme, van Sweden, so it should be spectacular. And curator Jody Payne walked me through the Rock Garden and the future home of the Native Plant Garden (opening May 2012), which I definitely want to visit again, being a native plant lover. Another exciting project is the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden, originally designed by Beatrix Ferrand, where curator Peter Kukielski is testing roses from the Earth Kind Roses program, organized by Texas A&M.