The New York Botanical Garden is going even greener

The Bronx treasure plans to add an amphitheater, pavilions and a new education building

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    Rendering of an aerial view of the Edible Academy at the New York Botanical Garden

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    Rendering of proposed buildings at the New York Botanical Garden

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    Rendering of pedestrian bridge at the New York Botanical Garden

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Rendering of an aerial view of the Edible Academy at the New York Botanical Garden


The New York Botanical Garden announced plans to add an outdoor amphitheater yesterday. But that's not all—according to a recent statement by Garden vice president Ursula Dean Hoskins, the Bronx treasure will also build a greenhouse, two pavilions (one of which will be powered by solar panels) and an education building, which will make it possible to conduct year-round horticulture courses. And as if it weren't gorgeous enough, they'll be redesigning the east entrance of the park so that new guests will be able to enter the Edible Academy by walking over a pedestrian bridge overlooking a valley.

The Garden will also go for a more, shall we say, earth-friendly approach with "composting restrooms," which will recycle waste rather than dump more contamination into our sewage system. Talk about going green (or brown?)! Oh, and the education building will have a "green roof" that collects storm water runoff to provide added insulation, in order to reduce energy consumption. This is the future, people.

This idea for a face-lift is based on the interactive Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden, where you’re able to plant your own seeds. The food grown in the garden is then used for educational and cooking demonstrations in the Edible Academy. With recent global warming scares, this update is definitely a green move in the right direction. So much so that Bill de Blasio and the Public Design Commission will present the fine Bronx destination with an award for general design excellence.

"We are trying to really make this an example for not just teaching the public about plant material, but about sustainability initiatives," says Hoskins.

If you're one of those folks that's never made the trek to the Bronx, you'll definitely want to head up there after these changes—or maybe even before. The project will cost approximately $27 million, and is slated to be completed in 2016, when the New York Botanical Garden will turn 125. These additions will be built mainly around the eastern side of the park, an area guests don’t often frequent, so no need to panic, devoted fans—construction shouldn't interfere too much with your garden visits.


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