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The Rock Garden

The Rock Garden

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The cascade.

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On April 1, the Rock Garden reopened for the season after an extensive, winter-long restoration of its historic features! Visitors can now admire water running down the cascade and into the pond for the first time in years.

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The tiny wonders just blooming in the Rock Garden get their own special beds, each one rounded off by dozens of cheering hellebores.

Benched So I was sitting out here the other day, guessing at the rainclouds and mulling the notion that I should be up on my feet, exploring the Rock Garden and snapping pictures for others’ benefit. But I didn’t get up. It’s not because I was lazy–rather, I didn’t want to ruin a rare moment of serenity. Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

Pokey Impostors Not, as some might first assume, a neatly-arranged diorama of pine cones. Orostachys boehmeri ‘Keiko’ — Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen

Sorry, but there are no hammocks allowed in the Rock Garden, no matter how dreamy a spot it is for zenning out in a state of complete existential bliss

Nurit Bloom, the Garden’s Education Marketing Manager, sent me this photo with the note “I think this is a pretty good Rock Garden shot.” I’d have to agree!

More from our local do-it-yourself shutterbug! Followers over the last year will have seen our previous contributions from Joel Kroin, whose pinhole captures cast a narrow bridge between the charm of old-fashioned photography and modern composition. His shots of the Garden grounds almost give a tricky glimpse into the past.

Recognize the Rock Garden? For the past several months it’s been closed for the winter. But come spring, we fling open the gates to this 80-year-old sanctuary of all things eye-catching. (The spot is worthy of flinging, or any other momentous verb–it’s just that dramatic and unique.)

Netted iris 'Harmony' in the Rock Garden

Plant Talk | NYBG

The concept of a rock garden sounds amazingly dull, like it would be a garden full of well … rocks. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Plants are imminently adaptable, and those that adapt to the arid, hardscrabble life of grappling for nutrients in a barren biome tend to be, well, really cool. Need proof? Just check out the fractal fabulousness of these Hens and Chicks in the Garden’s WPA-era Rock Garden.