NEW YORK: EAT SEE PLAY SHOP SLEEP TIPS OUT OF TOWN

SEE

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

IMG_6867

Spring in New York always feels like a small miracle, and watching the city shrug off the monotone grays of winter as it assumes the riotous colors of spring never gets old. Most any park or tree-lined street will do for soaking up the beauty of the budding season, but for a full immersion a visit to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden will not disappoint.

IMG_6841

FullSizeRender-5

Best known for its collection of cherry trees, April and early May mean crowds of people walking and sitting under the blossom-laden branches, pale pink and white petals drifting down and littering the ground like confetti. The display of cherry trees here is one of the largest outside of Japan, and when the trees along Cherry Esplanade and Cherry Walk are at their peak the scene is magical.

IMG_6805

IMG_6886

The gardens have year-round appeal, however, and distinct zones within the garden are great fun to explore. We love strolling through Japanese Garden to watch koi in the pond, and wandering the quiet wooded trails in the Native Flora Garden. A special effort has been made throughout the garden to engage children, and the field guides provided for free at entrances help direct children in their discovery of the vegetation around them, prompting them to observe and draw plants that appeal to them and to take note of some of the other living things (cardinals! ducks!) who call the garden home. The newly-expanded Discovery Garden is excellent, with a number of interactive hands-on experiences allowing children to explore marsh, woodland, and meadow environments.

As members, we stop by frequently (twice last week alone!), and in some ways the garden feels like a communal backyard for those of us who crave a little patch of green. I’m carefully watching the real-time cherry blossom tracker, waiting for peak bloom and looking forward to our next visit.


SHARE

Comments (1)

August 25, 2017

[…] York to have a number of lovely botanical gardens to visit. We often stop by one of our favorites, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, as it’s closest to our home, but this past weekend we decided to do something a bit […]


Leave a Comment

ALSO IN THE AREA

EAT
Smorgasburg
Think of it as an epic picnic where you don't have to pack a single thing: Smorgasburg Sunday gathers together 75-100 food and drink vendors each week in the verdant setting of Prospect Park, Brooklyn. Stands with options that range from wood-oven fired pizza to Berliner Döner Kebab and lobster rolls to Filipino spring rolls ring a grassy ...
READ MORE
SHOP
Norman & Jules Toy Shop
Like most apartment-dwellers in New York, the amount of space available in our home for toys and playthings is relatively modest. In theory this means I try to be thoughtful about new items brought home or gifted to us, doing my best to rotate toys to keep them fresh and to remove items that are ...
READ MORE
SHOP
Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab
The proliferation of chain stores in New York often means fewer and fewer of the mom-and-pop stores that give neighborhoods so much of their character and heart. In the past year alone, our neighborhood lost one independent bookshop to rising rent and taxes, and another downsized to a much smaller space to avoid an anticipated ...
READ MORE
BROOKLYN
Four & Twenty Blackbirds
The promise of pie can brighten even a dreary afternoon, and that's what brought us in out of the rain and cold yesterday. Four & Twenty Blackbirds, a pie and coffee shop located in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, makes old-fashioned pies, some in delightfully modern flavor combinations. With painted pressed tin walls and ceiling and comfortably-worn ...
READ MORE