NYBG celebrates cultures East and West

The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx takes us to the Caribbean, Latin America and Japan – without us hardly having to leave our homes.

The garden celebrates the plants and people of Latin America and the Caribbean with “Fiesta de Flores at Home” through Oct. 15. The series marks Hispanic Heritage Month with a spate of digital programs and events, featuring botanical and scientific stories, dance and musical performances, cooking demonstrations and more.

You also won’t want to miss the “Spotlight on Kiku Displays” (through Nov. 1) in and around the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory and Leon Levy Visitor Center, featuring Japanese chrysanthemums that have been expertly trained over the past 11 months into ancient and modern arrangement styles such as ogiku (single stem), kengai (cascade), and ozukuri (thousand bloom). Seasonal chrysanthemums, in rich, warm colors, complement this spectacle.

We’ve attended in the past and we can say that “Kiku” offers a moment of extraordinary grace. And after all we’ve been through this year, we can use it. Why not make it a new autumn tradition?

For more, visit nybg.org.

Georgette Gouveia

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