On a cold day I enjoy trekking out to the New York Botanical Garden for an impromptu 'tropical vacation'. On a sub-zero day I can get on a bus, walk a few minutes and find myself transplanted to a warm, humid environment (Enid A. Haupt Conservatory). With a good book and a sandwich I can have a relaxing afternoon...
I sat in the conservatory recently, with my sandwich, and watched as the staff manicured the massive trumpet and passion flower vines from their tall ladders.
As reported in the NY Times this week, there are flowers outside the conservatory. While I didn't poke around the 'global warming garden' I did notice that the Hellebores looked very content out in front of the conservatory. They are known for their winter and early spring flowering, and the milder temperatures in this season seem to have agreed with these plants.
If you are interested in the topic of gardening in the changing world climate, mark your calendars for April 21-22. The NYBG will be hosting a series of lectures on this topic and will be posting more details soon.