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An Impressionist garden grows in the Bronx

The New York Botanical Garden plans to celebrate its 125th anniversary with an exhibition dedicated to American Impressionism

Hot on the heels of its blockbuster exhibition of the work of Frida Kahlo, which attracted more than 525,000 visitors, the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx plans to celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2016 with another crowd-pleaser. Organised by the art historian Linda Ferber, Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas (14 May-11 September 2016) will examine Impressionism through a horticultural lens, focusing on art made between 1887 and 1917.

The show will include around 25 paintings and sculptures as well as a garden display evoking the American gardens, parks and landscapes that inspired US artists such as William Merritt Chase and Frederick Childe Hassam. Turning the clock back to the turn-of-the-20th-century, the garden will overflow with hollyhocks, poppies, asters, dahlias and other blooms.

Meanwhile, next month, the Royal Academy in London is due to open Painting and the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse (30 January-20 April), an exhibition examining the role of gardens in Impressionist and Avant-Garde art from 1860 to 1920.