The New York Botanical Garden will host its Antique Garden Furniture Show and Sale, now in its 20th year, on April 27–29, 2012. Show hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. As the country’s original and most important venue for authentic garden antiques, the show is a must for leading collectors and designers as well as buyers seeking expert advice.
The show opens with a Benefit Preview Party and Collectors’ Plant Sale on Thursday, April 26, from 6 to 8 p.m., sponsored by 1stdibs. Garden antique specialists will offer tours and booth talks daily as well as assist buyers looking for the perfect piece to complement a garden, landscape, or interior. Complimentary tastings–tea from Bellocq Tea Atelier and Mighty Leaf Tea Company, wine from The Naked Grape, and chocolate from The Chocolate Room–will celebrate the show’s 20th anniversary. Special presentations on Friday, Saturday and Sunday include French inspired floral designs, pots inspired by Tuscan traditions, the secrets of artisanal teas, and a book signing with In The Garden’s author Stacy Bass, as well as special activities for very young collectors throughout the weekend.
This year’s exhibitors feature antique cast iron and marble fountains, antique wicker furniture, cast iron and stone garden seating, statues, urns and vases, bird cages and bird baths, gates, antiquarian books on gardens, and architectural ornament. Most objects date from the late 18th century through the mid-1950s and include American, French, Swedish, Italian, Belgian, and English pieces. Massive terra-cotta oil jars—one ancient Roman, one mid-19th century—a garden by the sea, and French-themed booths are among this year’s highlights.
The Antique Garden Furniture Show and Sale takes place in a tent surrounded by flowering trees, plants, and shrubs outside the landmark Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. The fee of $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $7 for children for an All-Garden Pass includes access to the show, Botanical Garden grounds, Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Rock Garden, Native Plant Garden, Tram Tour, and Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. Advance tickets are available online at www.nybg.org