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New York Botanical Garden

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One of the premier botanical gardens in the United States, located in the Bronx in New York City.

The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) is one of the premier botanical gardens in the United States, located in the Bronx in New York City. It spans some 250 acres (100 ha) of Bronx Park and is home to some of the world's leading plant laboratories. It … see full wiki

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The New York Botanical Garden: Natural Beauty in the Bronx

  • Aug 21, 2009
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Yesterday I posted a review of The Royal Gardens at Kew, and today's picture is of a green house  inspired by the great glass houses at Kew: the Enid A. Haupt Conservtory at the New York Botanical Garden. The picture was taken in summer from the courtyard outside, but it gives a sense of the lovely ironwork and detail of the great glass houses of the 19th century.

The New York garden owes more than the design of its conservatory to Kew, though. It began in 1888 as a project of Nathaniel Lord Britton and his wife Elizabeth, a well-heeled couple of New Yorkers who also were passionate botanists. On a belated honeymoon trip to England, she is reported to have exclaimed, "Oh, why can't we have a garden just like that!" after a visit to Kew. While many young women have made the same wish, no other was able to make it come true.

The Haupt Conservatory--named in honour of the philanthropist who paid for a complete makeover near the end of the 20th century--was opened in June 1900 a few years after the botanical garden came into existence.

To read more about this garden and others, check out my Recreating Eden: A Natural History of Botanical Gardens.

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August 21, 2009
Oh yes, I've been to the Missouri Botanical Garden. It's one of the nine that I talk about in my book. It, Singapore and the New York Botanical Garden are the ones featured in the section on gardens of the 19th century, inspired by Kew. I'll post something about it soon.
August 21, 2009
Enjoyed your review. In St. Louis we have the renowned Missouri Botanical Gardens, formely known as Shaws Garden. Have you been there?? It's a touch of heaven, especially when the Japanese Gardens is highlighted in September. Thanks for posting this.....
August 21, 2009
That is one impressive green house. I have been to NY many times, but never to the Botanical Gardens...looks like it is worth a visit.
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