Q. How many plants are there in the NYBG?
We have approximately 3,500 species of woody plants (including shrubs). Our newly opened native plant garden features a woodland, a dry, open meadow, and lush wetlands with nearly 100,000 plants. This garden has as its framework a dramatic set of heritage oak trees. Bursting with native trees, shrubs, ferns, grasses, and wildflowers, the garden confirms that native plants can be as magnificent as their exotic counterparts more commonly used in traditional gardens. There are 50 diverse gardens and plant collections across 250 acres of year-round beauty throughout this National Historic Landmark landscape.
Also see our famous rock garden, which has been described as one of the most beautiful public rock gardens in the world. A dramatic 2 1/2-acre oasis, it offers plenty of surprises to those unfamiliar with rock gardens, for while there are rocks aplenty, the real treasures of this garden are its thousands of jewel-like alpine flowers, its graceful woodland plants, and its sparkling waterfall and stream flowing to a flower-rimmed pond. Different seasons offer different delights, from a kaleidoscopic display of autumn colors to an explosion of glorious spring flowers drawn from the mountainous regions of all seven continents.
Our rose garden, originally designed in 1916, completed in 1988, and beautifully renovated in 2006-2007, now displays more than 4,000 rose plants and over 600 varieties, with roses blooming 6 months of the year. It is now one of the world’s most environmentally-friendly rose gardens, overcoming the rose's reputation of being among the most chemically dependent flowers. We recently celebrated the addition of more than 1,700 new, hardy varieties. Hybridization efforts from all over the world are on display for all to see.
See the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory year round. This Victorian-style glasshouse is home to A World of Plants, a permanent exhibition that takes you on an "ecotour" around the world and across the ages. Through 11 distinct habitats--including two types of rain forest, deserts of the Americas and Africa, and aquatic and carnivorous plant displays--A World of Plants tells the story of earth's beautiful and indispensable plant life, plus offers a glimpse of the valuable work of the Garden's scientists. The Conservatory also hosts the Garden's seasonal flower shows and exhibitions, including the Orchid Show and Holiday Train Show. There's so much to see at The New York Botanical Garden, a sight to treasure forever!
Currently in our plant records data (10/2014) -
Total Hardy Woody Taxa: 3533
Total Tropical Woody Taxa: 298
RCA: 374 taxa (343 woody taxa)
BOC: 315 taxa (313 woody taxa)
Forest: Unable to pull statistics, the bulk of the material in the forest is not accessioned, and therefore isn’t in our database
Native Plant Garden: 579 taxa (176 woody taxa)
Azaleas Garden: 1007 taxa (557 woody taxa) (350 Rhododendron taxa) (2737 individual Rhododendron’s in)
Rhododendron’s in Entire Collection: 457 taxa (3633 Individuals)
Conservatory Palm House: 214 taxa (81 woody taxa)
All of these numbers are subject to change!
For tips on a variety of gardening topics, see our Plant Information Guides.
- Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service