Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York The glittering Italian Renaissance-style structure, originally built by Lord & Burnham between 1899 and 1902, reopened in May 1997 following an extensive four-year restoration campaign. The conservatory currently features the exhibit “Glasshouse Winter Howers” (November 21, 2003-January 11, 2004), a dramatic display of tropical anthuriums, bromeliads, and palms.
Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York 10458-5126. Open year round, Tuesday-Sunday and Monday holidays, 10 A.M.-6 P.M. April-October, 10 A.M.-4 P.M. November-March. Admission $2-$3.50 (separate admission fee to garden). For information call 718-817-7800; www.nybg.org.
JUST A FEW YEARS AGO, the issue of invasive plants did not seem to be an issue at all. Yes, there were a few plants in our gardens that spread easily; at times we cursed them, other times we appreciated their fast-growing, tough characters. Now we are seeing these prolific ornamentals in natural areas, where we don’t have the manpower or equipment to keep them in check. They’ve escaped cultivation and are posing a serious threat to our natural ecosystems by invading wildlife habitat and choking out native species. The outlook, however, is not all gloom and doom. As our speakers will reveal, we all can do our part to control the spread of non-native invasive species. Fee: $59 for early registration by January 27; $69 after January 27.