I've been to the this Botantical Garden more times than I can remember. It's huge and a wonderful place to spend a day with your family or loved one. Accordingy to the Tram Guide, the gardens were modeled after Kew Gardens in London.
The gardens are quite expensive to visit and if you want to visit all the different gardens and ride on the Tram, you must purchase an all pass ticket for $20 per adult.
It had been many years since I last visted the gardens. A Moore Sculpture exhibit gave me an excuse and reason to visit this year so I invited my daughter and her family to come along and spend our usual day together at the gardens.
The Moore Sculptures are found through out the many different gardens and are quite interesting to see with all the beautiful natural surroundings.
The New York Botanical Gardens are located in the Bronx. They are very vast and home to a lot of fun special programing. In the winter there is a village/train set up, Chihuly was on display, events on the history of chocolate and vanilla, etc.
I couldn't fit all my travel directions in the respective box.
If feeling adventurous take the "D" to Fordham Rd and walk 10 (or so) blocks (down the hill) and really get the feel for some of the culture. BE IN THE FRONT of the train (easiest way...1st 2 cars are best) you'll come out right by the stairs and then come out right by a really yummy pizza place "Best Italian Pizza). Go in and grab a slice that's as big as your paper plate...fold and enjoy on your walk down to the Gardens.
What an absolutely beautiful place this is. The New York Botanical garden was established in 1891 and consists of 250 acres for someone to explore. You can walk it as I did or use the tram and take one of the tours. It is Open Tuesday through Sunday 10-6 in the warmer months and 10-5 during the later fall through early spring. The garden is divided into many different sections including a rock garden, native plant garden, rose garden, perennial garden and plant collections (narcissus, native forest, ornamental conifers etc.). Also available to explore are two gallaries, a library, and a conservatory.
I came on a warm and beautiful Sunday afternoon and spent my day enjoying the fragrant blooms. It was prime time for roses, so I got an extra special treat. When the wind blew in the right direction you could smell the rose garden from the other side of the gardens.
While I was here, I took some time to enjoy a snack at the cafe. I had some herbal tea and a salad of grape tomatoes, greek olives, artichoke hearts and mozzerella cheese marinated in balsamic vinegrette. It was soooo delicious.
Look for the many flower pictures that I took in my travelogues.
This can be pricey if more than one or two people are going. A combination ticket runs $13.00 for an adult. Parking is $7.00. Check the site for other pricing information.
Come here to visit of the last stand of forest within NYC city limits, and the largest virgin forest in a city, 40 acres! There are many varieties of local and exotic plants and always special exibits. A great way to "get away" from the city and imagine what it was like before NYC became the wonderfully crazy place it is today.
For all the information you need, visit the botanical garden´s webpage for prices, directions, exibits, etc.