Inspired by an 1888 visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens in England, Nathaniel Lord Britton and his wife, Elizabeth, both botanists, spearheaded a public campaign to establish, with New York City and State, a new botanical garden in 1891, which would become the home of The New York Botanical Garden.
Calvert Vaux, co-designer of another New York landmark, Central Park, was among one of the designers and architects who contributed to the creation of the iconic National Historic Landmark. To this day, the New York Botanical Garden maintains one of the world’s greatest collections of plant life. Its 250 acres include dramatic rock formations, rolling hills, waterfalls and some of the most beautiful natural terrain of any botanical garden in the world, in addition to the ponds, the Bronx River, and a 50-acre remnant of the forest that once covered New York City.
The Holiday Train Show® A city in miniature featuring more than 150 iconic buildings, all re-created with bark, leaves, twigs, stems, fruits, seeds, pine cones other natural materials. Iconic and architectural landmarks such as: the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, the original Pennsylvania Station, Yankee Stadium, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Radio City Music Hall are among the must-see and must-attend New York tradition where the magic and innocence of model trains zip past all of these popular landmarks!
Visitors of all ages will enjoy every turn and every image of this work of art, which is open for the season though January 15, 2015. Now in its 23rd annual exhibition, the New York Botanical Garden presents New York’s Favorite Train Show, which takes place within America’s premier Victorian-style glasshouse. With activities for everyone, there are plenty of things to see and do including children’s activities, poetry, classical music, cocktail evenings, and more.
HOLIDAY TRAIN SHOW HOURS: During the Holiday Train Show, November 15, 2014–January 19, 2015, The New York Botanical Garden is open Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m
Extended hours, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Saturdays, November 15– January 17; Friday, November 28 (day after Thanksgiving); and December 20–January 1.
The Garden is closed all day on November 27 (Thanksgiving) and December 25 (Christmas); it closes at 3 p.m. on December 12 and 24 (Christmas Eve).
Directions & Contact Info: The New York Botanical Garden is a museum of plants located at Bronx River Parkway (Exit 7W) and Fordham Road. It is easy to reach by Metro-North Railroad, bus, or subway.
For more information, please visit nybg.org or call 718.817.8700.
50 gardens and plant collections house over 1 million plants and breathtaking displays such as the Arthur and Janet Ross Conifer Arboretum; the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden; the Jane Watson Irwin Perennial Garden and Ladies’ Border; about 30,000 distinguished trees, some over 200 years old. In addition to the most sophisticated behind-the-scenes greenhouses in the United States, the Nolen Greenhouses for Living Collections, which opened in 2005 and houses an exquisite orchid collection of over 8,000 plants.
The New York Botanical Garden’s Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, which opened in 1902, was named a New York City Landmark in 1973, and it is the nation's largest Victorian-era glasshouse. It is home to A World of Plants, a permanent ecotour of the world, including tropical rain forests, deserts, carnivorous and aquatic plants, and the world's most comprehensive collection of palm trees under glass. The Conservatory also houses the Garden's seasonal flower shows, including the popular Orchid Show and Holiday Train Show.
LGBT @ NYBG - Bar Car Night Programs On the evening of November 21, 2014 the New York Botanical Garden, as part of its Bar Car Night, kicked off its inaugural LGBT @ NYBG event, where the Garden celebrated the LGBT community and allies alongside the enchanting holiday exhibition. Bar Car Nights at The New York Botanical Garden, provide nighttime opportunities for adults only to enjoy a special viewing of the Holiday Train Show® and experience a winter wonderland at the Botanical Garden while sipping cocktails (first one is complimentary), in addition to festive treats such as signature spiked hot cocoa and roasted chestnuts; an intimate jazz set in the warmth of The Pine Tree Café; and a stroll along Perennial Garden Way to take in the playful performances of Cirque de Light.
BAR CAR NIGHTS PRICING: Non-Member $35/Member $25 (Adults 21 and over)
Special Event ticket required. Advance tickets recommended; includes one complimentary beer, wine, or cocktail of your choice. Although your ticket provides access to the entire event between 7–10 p.m., when purchasing tickets you will need to select an entrance time for the Holiday Train Show in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.