BBG's Annual Border, two long beds located on the western side of Lily Pool Terrace, offers two new displays of plants each year. In April, a colorful burst of over 6,000 tulips lining the pools heralds spring in the Garden. Designed and planted in the fall, each spring's display features new varieties and planting schemes.
When the tulips begin to fade in late spring, they are replaced with specially designed beds of annual plants that provide a colorful backdrop for the lily pools well into fall. For 2012, the Annual Border features an array of edible and ornamental designs representing the diverse options open to contemporary urban gardeners.
Wayken Shaw is the curator of the Judith D. Zuk Magnolia Plaza and Lily Pool Terrace, including the Annual and Perennial Borders. After earning a master’s in landscape architecture from the University of Arizona, Wayken practiced urban design for nine years on both coasts before pursuing a more “hands-on” career in ornamental horticulture through a joint program between Bronx Community College and the New York Botanical Garden. Wayken sees gardening as an important connection between form and function, with plants as an aesthetic, educational, and physically comforting medium for defining space and creating a sense of place in our urban fabric.