Monday, April 29, 2019


Experience Nature’s Love Letter to Spring
With its floral clusters, sweet fragrance, and heart-shaped leaves, the lilac is nature’s love letter to spring. The Burn Family Lilac Collection at the NY Botanical Gardens takes the spotlight as we celebrate this American garden favorite in all of its glorious forms, colors, and aromas with plein-air painting, music, guided tours, and talks.

Every year, to help mark the New York Botanical Garden’s rites of spring, distinguished plein-air artists from throughout the Northeast gather across the grounds in a public display of painterly talent and nature appreciation.  NYC Urban Sketchers are part of the event.

It's an amazing day.  Some really talented artists participate.  Between the artists participating in the invitational, the Urban Sketchers and all the visitors who try the Garden's Drop-In and Draw program - there are people sketching everywhere you look.

Everything is starting to come alive and the gardens are gorgeous. NYBG will provide free admission for the first 50 Urban Skertchers who sign up.

If you'd like to join us this coming Saturday May 4th please * click this link for your free admission (BTW admission is $28):

*  the deadline for the free admission sign-up is Thursday at 4 PM.


When:  This coming Saturday, May 4th.  From 10 AM to 4 PM

WhereThe New York Botanical Gardens. 2900 Southern Blvd, The Bronx, NY.  We will be meeting in the Lilac Garden.

By subway:
Take the B, D, or 4 train to Bedford Park Blvd. Station. From the station exit: Take the Bx26 bus east to the Garden’s Mosholu Entrance.

OR walk eight blocks down the hill on Bedford Park Blvd (approximately 20 minutes). Turn left onto Southern Blvd. and walk one block to Mosholu Entrance.

Take the 2 train to Allerton Ave. station. From the station exit: Walk three blocks west on Allerton Ave. Turn left on Bronx Park East and walk two blocks to Waring Ave. At the park entrance, walk up the small hill leading directly to the Garden’s East Gate (daytime access only)

Metro North:
Just 20 minutes from Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan! Take the Metro-North Harlem local line to Botanical Garden Station. Cross Southern Boulevard to the Garden’s Mosholu Entrance.

Lunch12:30 - Bring your own or purchase food at the Pine Tree Cafe.  We will be eating al fresco in the Lilac Garden.

Afternoon1:30 - Back to sketching.

Show and Tell:  3:00 PM - Meet back at our lunch spot to share drawings and good stories.

-   Bring a stool if you own one.  It gives you more options.
-   Be sure to sign-up clicking the link above if you want free admission to the Gardens.

If you can’t find us
call or text Mark at 973-809-9128

There are no fees.   All drawing skill levels are welcome.

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