Brooklyn Botanic Garden
990 Washington Ave, New York, NY 11238
Standing on 52 acres with more than 12,000 kinds of plants from around the world is the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
What a Beauty! I’d chanced upon this treasure by accident on one of my doldrum afternoons. A terribly hazy, hot New York September day. Ugggghhhhh. Entering through the Flatbush Avenue Gate at Empire Boulevard I first came across the Children’s Garden. Whatta ya’ mean for children!???? Heck, my friends and I enjoyed it!
Strolling along we came across some wild fire colored flowers, Kiwi hangin’ from trees, Pepper plants, Mint, Okra, Sweet Potato, Ginger, and so much more.
Beyond that was the Steinhardt Conservatory for us where within we caught sight of plant growths we never knew existed. ‘Never seen these on the Nature Channel”, said a friend of mine. Water lillies and lilly pads the size of kitchen tables floated on the indoor ponds while wildly shaped plants hung overhead. ‘And of course the Bonsai Garden as well. Just outside of this is the Lily Pool Terrace where Goldfish, Carp and others swam within and flowers stretched just above the water’s surface. Stunning!…I mean really, be sure to have your camera ready when you come to this living museum.
The aforementioned are just a slight fraction of what’s to be seen. There’s the Shakespeare Garden filled with plants and flowers existing in his plays, Celebrity Path containing stones within which are the names of well-known celebrities born in Brooklyn, Daffodil Hill, Cherry Walk, Herb Garden, Discovery Garden and……
At one point we were greeted by volunteer Green Thumbs who offered us huge Sunflower heads. We each took ours home. I spent days drying mine for the seeds.
But what really captured my imagination was the Japanese Hill and Pond Garden. One’s able to encircle the pond while capturing an even more spectacular view of the pond and Japanese structure which rises out of the pond itself. We took photos of the fish within, the turtles, and the ducks alongside.
My doldrum day was a special day from here on!…Whatta Cure!….
PS….Remember to get a free map, if not at one of the entrances then at the Conservatory or Visitor’s Center….have fun!
Should you be in the area then it’s another one of those definite musts! You’ve got Prospect Park at one end, Brooklyn Museum at the other and Prospect Park Zoo close enough as well.