The New York Botanical Garden debuted the new Native Plant Garden, a cutting-edge 3.5-acre installation with a dramatic 230-foot-long water feature as its centerpiece during two opening weekend festivals, May 4–5 and May 11–12, 2013.
It is said to be the most contemporary garden design ever created at The New York Botanical Garden.
The Native Plant Garden was designed by Oehme, van Sweden, landscape architects specializing in the New American Garden style, to harmonize a stunning designed terrain with the diversity of microclimates across the site.
The layout, in the middle of the Botanical Garden’s historic grounds, is both sustainable and visually inventive, a radical blend of modern sensibilities along with environmentally friendly elements.
Built to inspire and teach visitors about the beauty of native flora throughout the seasons, it also illustrates how native plants can be used to produce attractive and imaginative gardens.
The new Native Plant Garden, accompanied by educational materials and programs, and a major permanent endowment to secure its future, was made possible by a gift from the Leon Levy Foundation.