Joseph Massie x New York Botanical Gardens : Part 1
In just a few short weeks Joseph is delighted to be heading to New York City to lecture at the New York Botanical Gardens to deliver two exclusive masterclasses for the Botanical Gardens. Based in the Bronx, New York, this marks the first time in five years that Joseph will be in NYC, and we're delighted to be sharing the details of these long awaited classes with you here.
The New York Botanical Garden is an iconic living museum, a major educational institution, and a renowned plant research and conservation organisation. Founded in 1891 and now a National Historic Landmark, it is one of the greatest botanical gardens in the world and the largest in any city in the United States, distinguished by the beauty of its diverse landscape and extensive collections and gardens, as well as by the scope and excellence of its programs.
Whilst in NYC, Joseph will be delivering two hands on, practical classes at NYBG on the 9th and 10th of March, and we've been informed there are just a small handful of places left available on each course.
Whilst at NYBG, Joseph is delighted to be lecturing on :
Classical English Wedding Style
Explore the style and construction of couture bridal bouquets throughout English history, starting with Queen Victoria. Inspired by tradition but very much a fan of pushing boundaries, Joseph will be your guide as you create an exquisite bouquet, boutonniere, corsage, and headpiece.
Friday, 3/9, 10 am–4 pm
Classical English Centrepieces
Examine current trends and aesthetic techniques popular in English floral design. Craft a technically excellent, visually resplendent centerpiece, then style it with linens and accessories for maximum visual impact. Joseph will also demonstrate two further pieces as variations on the theme.
Saturday, 3/10, 10 am–4 pm
Distinguished by the beauty of its landscape, collections, and gardens as well as the scope and excellence of its programs in horticulture, education, and science, The New York Botanical Garden is unique among museums and public places in America. The illustrious history of the Garden began during the 19th-century civic movement in New York City to create a cosmopolitan world capital. City officials, prominent financiers, and corporate citizens created an impressive roster of great cultural institutions, including public libraries, museums, zoos, and this botanical garden.
Inspired by an 1888 visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, near London, eminent Columbia University botanist Nathaniel Lord Britton, and his wife, Elizabeth, also a botanist, determined that New York should have one of the world’s great botanical gardens. Upon their return home, they launched a public campaign to establish this institution as a private, non-profit corporation in partnership with New York City and State, and their new botanical garden was chartered by New York State in 1891. Because of its highly picturesque terrain, the freshwater river in a rock-cut gorge, and 50 acres of old-growth forest, Britton chose this City-owned property as the future home of The New York Botanical Garden in 1895. Calvert Vaux, co-designer of Central Park, laid out the Garden’s first schematic design. Many of Vaux’s plans, including roadways and paths, are prominent features today. Later the Olmsted Brothers firm developed the roadway and circulation plan, and since those early years many distinguished American landscape and garden designers have contributed significant elements. Many historic landscapes have been restored in recent years.
This has always been a botanical garden with a three-fold mission — to conduct basic and applied research on the plants of the world with the goal of protecting and preserving them where they live in the wild; to maintain and improve the gardens and collections at the highest horticultural standard; and to use the Garden itself as a venue for teaching the public about plant biology, horticulture, and the natural world generally.
Driven by this mission, the Garden’s Board and staff have created one of the world’s most comprehensive plant research and conservation programs, which includes fieldwork to discover new species, active collaborations to promote forest and habitat protection, and plant molecular biology. In the course of a century-long effort, the institution has amassed over 7,800,000 plant specimens in the research herbarium, now among the four largest in the world; built the world’s most important research library about plant science and horticulture; continued to steward this important American landscape; and taught millions of visitors to love and respect the world’s flora.
As you can imagine, we're beyond excited to be partnering which such an incredible organisation on these two exclusive classes; for more information on Joseph's classes, or to book your place on a course with Joseph at NYBG, please contact us here.