Spooky Pumpkin Garden at NYBG

Spooky Pumpkin Garden, the premier fall event at New York Botanical Garden, offers fun for the entire family.

During the day, explore Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. There, you’ll find a bounty of gourdes and scarecrows along its twisting, turning trails. In addition, attend pumpkin carving demonstrations or join a pumpkin carving competition!

For a bit of real life scares, don’t miss Meet Creepy Creatures at the Clay Family Picnic Pavilion. On Saturdays and Sundays, October 12th through 27th, snakes, bats and other creepy creatures go on display.

After dark, get your spook on with Spooky Pumpkin Nights. Dress in your scariest costumes and wander the darkened trails, filled with skeletons and other creepy creatures of the night. Perhaps you’ll pick up some wholesome treats along the way.

And don’t forget, on October 26th and 27th, see the award-winning, enormous pumpkins on display from the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth. Yes, that’s a real thing. Last year’s prize winner weighed more than 2,500 hundred pounds!

If Spooky Pumpkin Garden can’t get you into the Halloween spirit, nothing can. So don’t miss it!

You can find all the pertinent info, including admission and special event ticket pricing, here.

If you want to get a sense of the Spooky Pumpkin Garden, check out our blog post here.

-L. & J.

Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden

If you took an Economics class in college, you might recall discussions around irrational behavior and speculation leading to market bubbles and crashes.  While the dot-com and real estate debacles might be fresher in our memory, one of my favorite examples of this was the boom and bust of tulips in the 1600s. Yes, tulips.  If you’re unfamiliar, the story goes that when the Dutch Republic gained independence from the Spanish crown in the 17th century, it ushered in a Golden Age with growing trade and commerce.  Fortunes flourished and estates grew, and soon the prized tulip — its bold colors unlike that of any other flower at the time — became a status symbol.  As demand multiplied, speculators were drawn to the quick profits and the prices ballooned.  At its height it was said that a single bulb was exchanged for 1000 pounds of cheese.  But in 1637, a default on a contract caused widespread panic and the tulip market abruptly crashed. Continue reading Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden