Monday, March 24, 2014

The New York Botanical Garden and Garden Glamour announce Winner of Botanical Garden Quiz

The New York Botanical Garden’s (NYBG) Adult Education team recently hosted a fun, informative, and “lucrative” botanical garden quiz with Garden Glamour. 

While garden enthusiasts are plant nerds at heart and love and enjoy the sport of knowing their botanical nomenclature and showing their Linnaean prowess, the winner was also able to win $25 prize toward a NYBG class or lecture. 

Garden Glamour readers and social media fans (Twitter: @gardenglamour, Pinterest: and Instagram: ) - especially plant lovers, horticulturists, and garden designers, were invited to take a botanical garden quiz prepared by the Garden’s botanists.
The green quiz consisted of a plant identification and answering four multiple choice horticulture questions about the mystery plant. 

Garden Quiz Winner

Jean Galle is named the winner of the quiz contest!
Jean is a garden landscape designer, garden artist and serious plant enthusiast. 
Jean’s New York-metro area landscape design business is: Landscape Artistry by JGalle  

Jean Galle, Landscape Artistry by JGalle & Garden Glamour - NYBG Botanical Garden Quiz Winner

Jean earned a Master of Science in Landscape Design, Columbia University and a Certificate in Horticulture from The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG).

Jean earned a Master of Science in Landscape Design, Columbia University and a Certificate in Horticulture from The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG).
She belongs to several, key, horticultural professional associations, including the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD), the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) and Metro Hort: an association of horticulture professionals in the Tri-State area.

Recently, one of her “mini-scape” designs was recognized with an “Excellence” award by the Long Island Nursery & Landscape Association  (LINLA)

A former fashion designer, Jean designs artful and colorful gardens, as well as botanical art.

Garden Karma
Jean also possesses a special “Plant Pedigree,” if you will.

Her uncle is Fred C. Galle, an esteemed horticulturalist who also wrote the definitive, textbook compendium of native azalea plants, Azaleas.

The book details all the species of azaleas – more than 6,000 cultivars – and tips on growing these charming plants in the garden, landscaping with them and companion plants.

So it seems that her ability to ID the plant featured in the Garden Glamour/NYBG botanical quiz is equal parts acquired plant knowledge gleaned from careful hort study, as well as some romantic element that has its roots in the Lowland area of the South, where her uncle discovered and wrote about growing azalea…

Landscape Artistry by JGalle

Special Mention “winner” is Mel.  Mel doesn’t win a prize except for our grateful, garden appreciation!  And a green salute to his “Honest Abe” mirth.

Check out Mel’s great garden designs:
Zone4 Landscapes Ltd.

P.O. Box 244, Andes, NY  13731

Garden Glamour Botanical Quiz

To recap, these were the questions, followed here, by the correct answers.  Enjoy!

1. What is the scientific name of this plant? You can include the common name if you wish but we are looking for the scientific name.

1. Answer:  Oconee Bells, Shortia galacifolia  

2. Name one state to which the plant is native. (North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia)

2. Answer: This delicate tiny plant is an evergreen - Native of North Carolina but also found in Georgia and South Carolina

3. Does it thrive in sunny sites or shady sites?

3. Answer: Shade

4. Would it grow best in a dry, arid environment, or moist one?

4. Answer: on slopes and likes it moist - thrives even by stream banks-very rare

    5. When does this plant bloom?

     A. Early spring
     B. Early summer
     C. Mid-summer
     D. Late summer
     E. Autumn

5. Answer: Bloom time spring - Late March/Early April

NYBG Classes
   Check out these suggested class offerings. And just follow the link to enroll.

Fundamentals of Gardening      

Integrated Pest Management

Container Gardening 

You can browse all classes at

The New York Botanical Garden has just released a new season of classes for Spring- Summer 2014.  
And the butterfly collage on the website and catalog cover sets the tone.

NYBG is on a mission to help people garden more efficiently and sustainably and to train you to be the best gardener you can be.  
This term, NYBG is renewing their focus on eco-friendly gardening practices, with classes on sustainable pest control, watering smartly, planting pollinator-friendly and native plants in the garden, and more.


  1. Leeann,
    Thanks -- exciting to be the winner and thank you for such a nice, in depth write up on me!
    The contest was fun... delving into one's memory bank of plants - asking oneself "where have I seen this before and what does it resemble". Ask NYGB to do it again!

    1. My pleasure, Jean. Thank you for participating and playing along on a fun, challenging plant-based "quiz." Yes, let's ask @NYBG to do an encore botanic quiz or contest. We are so lucky to be in in love with plants - it's an astonishing world to be a part of, isn't it? Thank you, again. See you at the Garden.