New York City is not only home to great cultural institutions, shops and events; it's also a place where there are plenty of things to do outside. If you're looking for ways to enjoy New York's beautiful summer weather, we've got some great suggestions for things you can do outdoors?from New York parks and outdoor cafes to flea markets, sporting events, and street fairs. Here are some of our favorite things to do in NYC this week that will get you out of the house!
Nature Photography Workshops - Queens Botanical Garden
Through March 17, 2012 - Corona
Two Workshops: Wildlife Photography - Saturday, March 10 (rain date March 24), 1 to 3:30pm; Flower Photography - Saturday, March 17, 1 to 3:30pm. Fee: $10/one workshop; $15/both workshops. Learn how to take better nature photos with QBG as your backdrop. Photographers Shari Romar and H. David Stein will offer a slide show of examples, and offer pointers on light, composition and working with wildlife or flower subjects. Workshops include approximately 45 minutes of outdoor photography followed by a critique of participants’ work. Beginning photographers are welcome. Participants are asked to bring their camera. To register, call 718-886-3800, extension 230, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
'The Amazing World of Bamboo' - Queens Botanical Garden
March 17, 2012 - Corona
The Amazing World of Bamboo: Incorporating Bamboo into Your Landscape for Beauty, Food, and Products Durable, abundant, and natural - bamboo is the most popular plant on the planet. Whether it's birds using it for their nests or builders seeking it out for green construction projects, the hardy plant proves one of the most versatile and enduring. Noted landscape architect and Farmingdale State College Ornamental Horticulture Chairperson Michael Veracka reveals just why bamboo is the plant of choice for so many around the world, where you can find it in many popular products on the shelves today, and how city dwellers in even the most urban environments can grow and incorporate bamboo in their homes. Registration required: email email@example.com or call 718-886-3800, extension 230.
The Orchid Show: Patrick Blanc's Vertical Gardens - New York Botanical Garden
Through April 22, 2012 - Bronx
Guest designer for this year's 10th Annual Orchid Show is Patrick Blanc, world-renowned French botanist and artist who will transform the Haupt Conservatory with his spectacular vertical walls of living foliate. Using thousands of orchids and companion planting as his palette, Blanc introduces towering spectacles of tropical life to the Conservatory. In an explosion of alluring design and fragrance, exotic plant walls rise high above, creating this season's not-to-be missed exhibition for garden lovers, orchid fans, and those desiring a one-day tropical retreat.
Vignettes from The Queens Project - Queens Botanical Garden
Through May 19, 2012 - Corona
QBG is honored to present the photography of Audrey Gottlieb in the Visitor & Administration Building Gallery. Her best-known images show multicultural America today. Save the date for an Artist's Talk on May 19.