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The bees have been busy in recent weeks, as I noticed with the camellias and Amur Adonis along the Ladies’ Border and elsewhere just last week. Photographers were flocking to the blooms to get a shot of nature in perfect light. And while my cell phone pictures did absolutely no justice to what I was seeing, it seems Mockba1_1999 was the photographer for the job. —MN

A bee bumbling through a graceless moment, or enjoying the revelation of flower petal as recliner?

Arlene Ellis bridges the gaps between science, art, and fashion with her in-depth study of natural patterns, many of which she details on her website, Organic Lyricism. Here, she relates how her first trip to The New York Botanical Garden informed her latest clothing designs.

Friend of the Garden Renata, the blogger behind My Garden and Home, came for a visit on Boxing Day, and while she liked the Train Show, she loved the Ladies’ Border. Find out why you should love this utterly unique, sliver of a garden, too.

bridgeandtunnelgirl: Indian woman with bindi at the New York’s Botanical Garden She looked so beautiful enjoying the scenery, looking at the beautiful orchids, wearing a wonderful lightweight sari and a wrap, the tones of which blended so well with her surroundings and I could not resist asking her to pose for this photo. Isn’t she beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing

Last week for at least the fourth (maybe fifth?) year in a row my mom and I visited the New York Botanical Garden during Orchid Show time to celebrate her birthday! My mom raises orchids at home and I just love watching her face LIGHT UP as we walk by all of the beautiful plants and orchids inside the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

Last week’s field trip saw a group of third grade children from Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School visiting the Garden for a day of muse hunting.