Todd Forrest: The New York Botanical Garden!

The Best Kept Secret in NYC Which Is Also A National Landmark!

Without a doubt, New York City is the capital of the world and when people think about this great city, they often forget that it is also the home of one of the most prestigious botanical gardens in the world, The New York Botanical Garden! The NYBG is steward of a 250-acre site National Historic Landmark landscape that is actually located in the borough of the Bronx and offers breathtaking outdoor and indoor gardens, natural forest that has been untouched and an assortment of activities for all ages.

The Jane Watson Irwin Perennial Garden

The Jane Watson Irwin Perennial Garden, Photo: NYBG


The New York Botanical Garden is the only botanical garden in the world with major new facilities for its library, herbarium, and research laboratory—all opened within the last seven years. The greenhouses are the most sophisticated behind-the-scenes facility at any botanical garden in the United States, and the conservatory—a New York City Landmark—is the largest Victorian-style glasshouse in America.

Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Photo NYBG

The Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden!

“‘Tis the last rose of summer Left blooming alone; All her lovely companions Are faded and gone. – Thomas More ”

One of the world’s most environmentally-friendly rose gardens is The Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden. Roses are typically thought of being saturated with chemicals in order to be able to grow the perfect flower.  At The Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden, there are more than 1,700 new, hardy varieties. Hybridization efforts from all over the world are on display.

The Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden

The Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden

In this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, host, June Stoyer will speak to Todd Forrest, Vice President for Horticulture and Living Collections, The New York Botanical Garden.

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Todd Forrest

Todd Forrest, Vice President for Horticulture and Living Collections, The New York Botanical Garden

About  Todd Forrest. Todd is responsible for the Horticulture Division’s programs and activities, including overseeing the grounds, all 50 gardens and living collections, flower shows and exhibitions, and a staff of 80 managers, curators, gardeners, and community horticulturists. In addition, he advises on long-term strategy for the Garden’s 250-acre landscape. An expert advocate for historic trees, forests, and urban landscapes, Forrest is also an instructor of ornamental woody plants and has written many articles and interpretative materials. He joined The New York Botanical Garden in 1997, first as an intern and then as a research assistant, before becoming a vital part of the horticulture staff in 1999. Previously, Forrest worked at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. A graduate of Wesleyan University, he has a Master of Forest Science degree from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

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For more information, please visit: The New York Botanical Garden or call (718) 817-8700.

7 thoughts on “Todd Forrest: The New York Botanical Garden!

  1. Wow, I never knew. Going to New York has never seemed like fun for me, because it just seems like a lot of tall buildings and crowds of people. BUT NOW! Now, I want to go. I want to see this and Central Park and ride the subway and, and, and … it looks lovely!

  2. They have a lab that is funded by Pfizer. I wonder if they conduct true research or something to benefit the corporations and their shareholders.

  3. This garden looks absouletly amazing! I will plan to visit next June, and post pictures to share with my readers! Rose gardeners (Love) pictures of other gardens, and by posting pictures and identifying the rose for them, it gives them a better idea, as to choosing it for their own garden.

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