Chihuly Open Nights, New York BG

Come and see fabulous glass installations by famous sculpture Dale Chihuly throughout the New York Botanical Garden at night! On these special evenings, the exhibition is infused with a magical energy as the artworks are spectacularly illuminated amid NYBG’s sweeping vistas and magnificent Conservatory. After sunset, the atmosphere is thrilling: experience the heightened drama and luminous quality of Dale Chihuly’s colors and forms when lit under the evening sky. In the Visitor Center plaza, a rotating lineup of performing artists and musicians provides entertainment while you relax and enjoy shopping, food, and Avión Tequila cocktails available for purchase.

Non-Member Adult $35, Child (ages 2-12) $15 / Member $25, (ages 2-12) Child $10
Advance purchase recommended – BUY TICKETS

Garden Walk Buffalo

A FREE self-guided tour of 370+ urban gardens and historic neighborhoods around Buffalo and Niagara, in western New York State. It is the largest garden tour in the United States and one of the most unique urban events in America. Garden Walk Buffalo is chance to see some of the most beautiful and creative urban gardens – anywhere in the U.S.

The walking tour highlights urban gardening of every variety, including:

– Flower, vegetable, native, herb, xeriscape and organic gardens and every combination in between
– Cottage gardens, water gardens, rock gardens, Asian- and English-inspired gardens and even a trial garden for seed companies
– Community gardens, pocket gardens, planted traffic islands and medians and every other kind of urban landscaping
– Gardens featuring espaliers, grape arbors, follies, raised beds, koi ponds and waterfalls
– Multiple-level decks, pergolas, outdoor kitchens, lighting schemes, fountains, wall murals, sculpture, potting sheds, carriage houses, playgrounds, playhouses, treehouses and even one urban putting green
– Tiny, exquisitely-appointed courtyards to large and ambitious mansion gardens


Buffalo’s great gardening heritage includes our 1868 Frederic Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux-designed parks, parkways and circles. The Buffalo Olmsted Park Conservancy is a nationally-recognized caretaker of this unique and special park system. Most of the parkways and circles, as well as the Buffalo Japanese Garden and Delaware Park Rose Garden are in the area of Garden Walk.

Boston Flower & Garden Show

This year’s show theme is “Superheroes of the Garden” with feature display gardens created by landscape designers, garden centers and nurseries, farms, florists, schools, and non-profit organizations. The floral show is themed “Living Legends” as top professional florists pay tribute to ‘movers and shakers’ from all areas of culture and history. Plus gardening products for sale, talks and demonstrations every day.

Wednesday, March 22: 10:00AM-8:00PM
Thursday, March 23: 10:00AM-8:00PM
Friday, March 24: 10:00AM-9:00PM
Saturday, March 25: 10:00AM-9:00PM
Sunday, March 26: 10:00AM-6:00PM
Tickets: Adults – $20; Seniors (65+) – $17; Children (6-17) – $10; Children Under 6 – Free
*Flower Show After Dark – $15
(Wed – Sat After 5pm – After Dark tickets must be purchased onsite at the box office)

High intensity and demanding New York still has places of peace

New York. The swathes of concrete and glass; the vast canyons formed by major streets cutting through the highest of tall towers. This is where dogs and cats are declawed to deal with life inside apartments and population density is amongst the highest in the world, yet there are still pockets of green delight scattered throughout the neighbourhoods of Manhattan. A place where the concept of community gardens took hold decades ago and where small green spaces deliver maximum clout. On our recent trip we revisited favourite places and discovered others. Continue reading “High intensity and demanding New York still has places of peace”

The High Line changes, and is changed by, New York

I recently visited the High Line in New York for the first time. I have been referencing this urban regeneration project for years, have seen many photos, but had never experienced it myself. Living in New York in the late 1990s, my building was located only a block away from the old elevated freight railway line, but in those days it did not register for me at all. Continue reading “The High Line changes, and is changed by, New York”

River cruising and garden visiting in North America with Botanica

When it comes to river cruising combined with garden visiting, most keen gardeners think of Europe. But in September 2016 I will be hosting my second trip for Botanica up the rivers, lakes and canals that connect the US and Canada.
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Chanticleer Garden, near Philadelphia PA

Situated in the beautiful garden state of Pennsylvania, Chanticleer is described as “a pleasure garden.” Whilst I had a giggle over this somewhat quirky term, I must admit that I did derive a whole lot of pleasure out of my visit. Continue reading “Chanticleer Garden, near Philadelphia PA”

Lights, Camera, BLOOM – and a win at Philly!

Arriving at JFK international airport, Bayley LuuTomes and I could see that this would be a show like no other. It’s -7 degrees Celsius outside, and everything from the roads to the telephone posts are covered with ice. And not the pretty white and fluffy kind. No this was old brown and black snow, the dirty kind that you slip on while holding on for dear life at every traffic light pole, while praying the light would change quickly so you could get into the nearest shop and just buy whatever they sell so you have an excuse to stay inside and warm up. Continue reading “Lights, Camera, BLOOM – and a win at Philly!”

Water lily GIANTS at Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, USA is a sheer delight to visit. It’s one of those places that’s so good that it’s hard to pick a highlight. However, one of my favourite displays was the water lily feature. Once you’ve wound your way through the amazing conservatory and caught your breath again (yes, it’s that good), head out the back to find these amazing giants floating silently in their dark pools. Continue reading “Water lily GIANTS at Longwood Gardens”

Longwood Gardens a garden Disneyworld

The state of Pennsylvania in the USA is a treasure trove for horticulturists. With 30 public gardens within about an hour of the capital Philadelphia, it’s hard to know which one to visit first. Its claim of “more gardens than anywhere on the continent” seemed pretty apt as I travelled around enjoying the lush beauty of America’s garden state. Continue reading “Longwood Gardens a garden Disneyworld”

Escape summer heat in New York’s parks

July in New York City. Extreme heat and humidity, heavy traffic, surging crowds. What to do? Where to go? Art galleries seemed a good choice, being air-conditioned. But I could only take so many! So I headed out, and around. First, to Central Park. Spacious, green and shady. And hot, hot, hot. Continue reading “Escape summer heat in New York’s parks”