The days were so nice that I needed another day off and went to this Botanical Garden.
Looking for a different and exciting way to spend a day in New York City ???
Try a day in BROOKLYN.
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden
The Brooklyn Museum
Prospect Park Wildlife Center
4 premier attractions that offers delightful things...
Conveniently located in the heart of Brooklyn, easily accessible by public and private transportation..
And.. each attraction offers a wide range of self-guided and professionally conducted tours for individuals and groups.
That day I was a happy individual!!!!
FABULOUS SHOPPING with UNIQUE merchandise, is yours at each site......
Hidden in the urban landscape of the Bronx is a wonderful oasis, an escape from the hustle and bustle of New York City life.
The NY Botanical Garden is a place to relax and enjoy the many varieties of flora, both exotic and local, along its winding paths. In the spring, azaleas are in bloom. In summer, roses and lilies take over. In autumn, the forest is ablaze with color. And in winter, even the most delicate plants flourish in the conservatory as snow blankets the landscape.
(added Dec 31 2009) Also in winter, the Holiday Train Show takes place in the Conservatory. It costs $25 per adult, which I feel is a bit steep considering, but no where else in the world can you view replicas of New York landmarks made from completely natural materials. The train show is named due to the model trains which run past and around the replicas. Each year the show is set up slightly differently, and new replicas are added (Penn Station in 2009, which was demolished for Madison Sq Garden). The train show is billed as a family tradition - the replicas appeal to the adults and older kids, and the trains to the little ones. We spent about an hour in the exhibit, then another hour or so at the Gingerbread Adventures in the children's garden.
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Brooklyn Museum are next to each other, but you may want to pick one or the other based on the weather because both involve a lot of walking and both deserve a few hours. In the Botanic Garden there is a lovely Japanese garden with a fish pond, some impressive greenhouses and ponds with waterlilies. Yes, you have to pay and there are also restrictions. For instance, you can't picnic on the ground and can only eat in the cafe area (which is nice). You can't play ball. You can sit on the ground in certain areas and it's just so peaceful and calm. It's a garden and not a park, so you go to see the flowers that are in season, and it changes constantly. Right now (late May, early June) the rose garden should be about to burst forth. In the spring there are the cherry blossom trees. People come here to take wedding photos of themselves, or first communion for the little children. There are sometimes special festivals, like the chili pepper festival, and fun things to do with children.
There are also some nice restaurants near by. You're near Park Slope and Prospect Park and there are tons of places to try on Underhill, Vanderbilt, Flatbush Avenue, and 7th Avenue in "the Slope."
Mention "The Bronx" and prople think nasty ghettos and street crime. Parts of the Bronx live up to that streotype. But it will surprize many that the Bronx also contains 250 acres of diverse collections of trees, shrubs, and flowering plant more than 50 different gardens. In the center is a grove of original primary growth trees, just like the first colonists found them. There is also a Conservatory (Hot house) containing many tropical plants, including orchids. There is a tram route circling the park making it much easier to see different areas in a short time.
Their web page contains detailed maps and instructions on getting ther by car as well as public transportation. It takes at least a half day to do it justice
I don't know New York Botanic garden in the Bronx,but I liked a lot this one in Brooklyn.I suppose every season has its charm and for the number of cherry-trees it has to be wonderful to see it in the blossom of late March.
Right now there is a Chihuli glass exhibitions which was pretty cool to look at. The garden itself was nice and quiet. There are trams inside it, running every 20 minutes for lazy people. :-)
Nice, relaxing place.
Tickets are $20 each, but with taxes eneded up paying $49.50 for wo people.
The Garden is open year-round, Tuesday through Sunday and Monday federal holidays (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas)
April-October: 10:00am to 6:00pm
November-March: 10:00am to 5:00pm
It`s a timed entry event. When buying tickets on-line, you`ll have to choose your desired admission time.
Tours start each half hour.
BY SUBWAY: B or D trains to Bedford Park Blvd station. Take Bx 26 Bus east to Mosholu Gate entrance, or walk eight blocks down the hill on Bedford Park Blvd to the end. Turn left onto Kazimiroff Blvd, walk one block to Mosholu Gate.
It took us 40 minutes from the hotel and then 10 minutes walk to the gardens...
BY TRAIN: We took a train on our way back ($4.75 for 1 way ticket) and it was so fast. Took us 20 minutes to get to the Grand Central. Besides, train station is right next to the gardens. I recommend using a TRAIN instead of subway.
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
Visit the lush settings of the New York botanical gardens. Its definitely one of the most beautiful botanical gardens I have ever been to. There are tons of plants, flowers and even garden sculptures made out of shrubbery and plants. You can wander in this large park for many hours. A must, if you need some time to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city.
I was there during a special event where they had Chihuly Glass displayed throught the park. It was a fantastic event and highly worth seeing
April to October: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
November to March: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m
Adults: $6 (special exhibits within the park cost more)
Grounds admission is free to everyone all day on Wednesdays and from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays
One of America’s foremost public gardens, a National Historic Landmark. In its center is the 40-acre New York Botanical Garden Forest – wild and wonderful, it is the only uncut woodland in New York City.
New York Botanical Garden
200th St and Southern Blvd, Bronx
One of the oldest and largest botanical gardens in the country, its 250 acres include 40 acres of NYC's original forest.
Subway Services: B, D to Bedford Park Blvd then Bx26 bus
Bus Services: Bx19, Bx26, Bx41, Bx55
The New York Botanical Garden is one of the foremost public gardens in America and also a National Historic Landmark. It has some of the most beautiful natural terrains of any botanical garden in the world, with dramatic rock outcroppings, a river, cascading waterfalls, undulating hills, wetlands, ponds, hiking trails, and 50 acres of historic, uncut forest.
Within this grand 250-acre setting in the north Bronx, many gardens and special plantings offer stunning seasonal displays, ranging from glorious daffodils and azaleas in spring to the rich tapestries of fall foliage. The New York Botanical Garden offers a tranquil retreat from the "hustle and bustle" of New York City and also it's an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the world of botany.
My first visit was in April 2003 and I must return because it was too short a visit. This is 250 acres of gardens and real forest. I walked for only 1 hour and would love to have walked many more. It is a relatively cheap outing, too..$6 for admission to all parts of the gardens.
Don't do what I did and take the subway. I got so lost in whatever part of the city I got off the subway at and the few people I asked for directions didn't speak English. Finally found the place by seeing a huge clump of green.
This is a wonderful green oasis just a short distance north of Manhattan in the Bronx. It is beautiful at any time of year but especially nice in the spring. That's the perfect time to see the lilacs, cherry blossoms, dogwoods, magnolias, jonquils and tulips of every color in bloom. Plan to spend a good part of the day there - it covers 250 acres! Nice walking path along the Bronx River too. From Manhattan you can take the # 2 subway from Times Square (it's a long ride) or the Metro North Train from Grand Central Station (only 20 minute ride). As of May 2003 it was $3.00 admission to the grounds. For $10.00 you can get a "Garden Passport" which lets you hop on the Tram (if your feet get tired), visit the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory (the largest Victorian glasshouse in the U.S.) and see the Children's Garden.
BROOKLYN BOTANICAL GARDENS: 1000 Washington Avenue; Brooklyn, NY 11225;(718) 622-4433Words are not enough to describe this wonderful place... You walk in through the entrance leaving behind a dirty and noisy city to explore something close to paradise (well... for those of you who apreciate nature that is) This place gives you a wonderful opportunity to relax in a truly picturesque location, from the Japanese Garden to the Cherry Blossoms and let's not forget the Shakespear Garden. It is certainly a place worth dedicating more than one day to
Large botanical garden with attractive special attractions/collections aimed for the general public.