New York’s hidden gem #NYBG
A hidden gem
Come the month of May and most of my compatriots are on holiday. Many of them travel overseas to escape the oppressive heat that descends on us before the monsoon rains. America is a popular destination with hundreds of Indians having one or two relatives whom they can visit . And New York is high on the itinerary. However, many people miss the #NewYork Botanical Garden. Me included. In fact if it weren’t for my dear friend C and her sister-in-law , I would have missed this hidden gem.
It was a glorious Sunday morning when we set off to the Bronx with Ms .Papaya belting out her endless rendition of Happy Birthday a sure sign that she was happy. Thanks to Google Maps, we found our way to the NYBG but had to make a loop around to find the entrance to the parking lot. We waited a fair bit as there was a long line snaking ahead of us but we did eventually get in.
Apart from the flowers, the main attraction for us was the current Chihuly exhibition which I’ll tell you about in my next post.
Flowers in bloom
Starting out from the herb garden outside the magnificent Conservatory, we were struck by the wonderful Irises and poppies and wild roses that were blossoming nearby. It was idyllic really with kids strolling around, some actually rolling on the grass , hanging from boughs ( both forbidden ! ) , families enjoying a day in the sun amidst the abundance of nature.
The Peony walk was a riot of colour with blossoms that were tight buds just two weeks ago.
Many gardens in the park
The New York Botanical Garden has something for everyone. You can find a variety of exotic tropical plants in its magnificent conservatory. And there even is a wonderful collection of cacti.
There is a garden with Native American plants, while another one with Wetland Plants.
There even is an Adventure Park for children with interesting activities for little ones to do.
The New York Botanical Garden is an iconic living museum, a major educational institution, and a renowned plant research and conservation organization. Founded in 1891 and now a National Historic Landmark, it is one of the greatest botanical gardens in the world and the largest in any city in the United States, distinguished by the beauty of its diverse landscape and extensive collections and gardens, as well as by the scope and excellence of its multidisciplinary exhibitions and programs.
LOCATION & HOURS
2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, New York 10458
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
NYBG is closed on Mondays with the exception of special dates.
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