Wild Medicine: Healing Plants Around the World, Featuring the Italian Renaissance Garden explores the power of plants to cure and rejuvenate, one of the most important ways in which mankind depends on the plant kingdom. During its four-month run, Wild Medicine will feature displays of more than 500 species or cultivars of medicinal plants, most of them grown in the Botanical Garden’s glasshouses, making this one of the largest exhibitions of medicinal plants ever mounted. The featured exhibition’s many attractions will include such highlights as a re- creation of the Western world’s oldest botanical garden, which was founded during the Italian Renaissance for the study of medicinal plants; interactive stations with activities and samples of products made from therapeutic plants; an extraordinary presentation of rare, richly illustrated botanical books and manuscripts; a botanically inspired sculpture display; and a wide assortment of entertaining and enlightening programming.
On Saturday, May 18, don’t miss an exciting opportunity to hear Andrew Weil, M.D., a world- renowned leader in the field of integrative medicine, share fascinating experiences and offer unique perspectives on the power of plants to maximize well-being and quality of life.
Wild Medicine Activities on Saturday and Sunday, May 18 & 19 include:
-Exhibition tours in the Conservatory, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. –3 p.m.
-Opening Weekend Lecture and Award Ceremony: Andrew Weil, M.D.,
Saturday, at 1 p.m. Adults: Non-member $35; Member $10. Advance tickets recommended; to purchase tickets, go to nybg.org.
-Home Gardening Demonstrations: Herbal Healing Gardens, 2 p.m.
-Music & Dance of the Italian Renaissance, Saturday, 3 p.m. and Sunday, 1 and 3 p.m.
****For children, Naturally Curious in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden offers art and science activities from mixing and mashing plants to create a pigment to making science notebooks. Children will discover their inner scientists and ask questions about the world. In the tradition of the Renaissance, students will use an album amicorum, or “book of memories,” to record any plant observations or descriptions that they make during their visit.
WHERE: The New York Botanical Garden
Bronx River Parkway (Exit 7W) and Fordham Road in the Bronx.
WHEN: Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. NOTE: For more information or to purchase tickets, visit nybg.org.