What Are Some Details About the Bronx Botanical Garden?


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The New York Botanical Garden, or NYBG, is a living museum serving as a natural reprieve from the urban metropolis that surrounds it. As of 2015, the garden encompasses 250 acres and houses more than a million living plants. Featured plants are extremely diverse, with tropical, desert and temperate flora on display. The site is also an important site for ecological education and research, with 300,000 people taking advantage of programs on ecology, plant science and healthy eating annually.

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The New York Botanical Garden was founded in 1891 and enjoys federal National Historic Landmark status. Admission pricing varies based on the day of the week and the age of the visitor. Complete pricing information is available on NYBG.org. Garden members receive free admission year-round, as well as guest passes and other benefits. Individual memberships start at around $80 and are 100 percent tax deductible. Alternatively, NYBG partners offer opportunities for discounted admission.

The garden is generally open from Tuesday to Sunday each week but is also open on some Monday holidays. Complete hours of operation are available on the website. Photography is allowed at the NYBG, but it may be restricted in certain areas. The majority of the facility is outdoors, so visitors are advised to dress appropriately for a long day of walking.

The New York Botanical Garden employs nearly 200 individuals, including 80 scientists who work both in state of the art laboratories and in the field. These scientists head research programs in 18 different countries.

The website also advances the NYBG's educational mission by providing a wealth of information, including information about plants and botanical gardens, in addition to a list of children's gardening and nutritional programs.

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