This month I went to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The Garden is 52 acres large, and I had no idea! No wonder my feet were sore the next day. This post will be picture heavy because there was so much to see. After the Hanami Matsuri festival, I really wanted to see the cherry blossoms but wasn’t willing to deal with the crowds or the cost of going on a festival day. Maybe I will feel more social next year. Anyway, there happened to be a huge number of people who had the same idea that I did because they were dressed in kimono, silk dresses, and parasols with groups of family members on the Garden’s free admission day. I dragged my nephew who was visiting to go with me and he didn’t know what to expect but when he got here he was just as happy as I was to be there.
All the trees and flowers weren’t in full bloom because we’ve had a particularly long and harsh winter this year. So I will have to visit again to experience the glory of raining pink petals and a picnic in the grass. The first thing I noticed when I entered beside the wooden fence was the hanging branches of white flowering trees. I became more and more excited the closer I got to the entrance.
The first garden we entered was the Japanese Hill and Pond garden, which is exactly what it was. It is the most popular area of the garden because of the pagoda on the pond, the huge koi, turtles, and the gate in the middle of the pond.
I took pictures from as many angles as possible to show you how beautiful it was to be there. As we walked on we got to the Cherry Tree Esplanade, it was so packed and I regretted instantaneously not bringing a packed lunch. Everyone had picked out a personal cherry tree and camped out, I was so jealous.
There were rows and rows of dark pink Kanzan, the most opulent flowering cherry tree, just budding in deep beautiful rose color. It looked like a painting, so surreal, the pictures aren’t capturing how beautiful it truly was.
I reluctantly kept going and we got to the Cranford Rose Garden, but it was still too early for roses.
We were really hungry from all the walking and the smell of fruit trees and herbs all around us, I suggested we go to the greenhouses to eat . So on our way there we passed the fruit trees and the herbs garden just breaking through the ground.
Let me preface this by saying it is beyond hot and humid in these greenhouses and because of that everything is always in bloom.
The next section of the greenhouse was the about the art of the Bonsai tree, these trees have to be at least fifty years old because they were huge for Bonsai standards.
The next room we moved on to was the desert room, dry, hot, and filled with cacti and succulents.
The haze you see over the pictures is from the humidity in the rainforest room.
The aquatic house and orchid collection were next, another super humid and hot room, at this point just praying my 24-hour deodorant would hold up because I was glistening!
The fragrance in this section was like a thick perfume, everything planted here is very fragrant including the herbs. We are getting really tired by this point and it was our last new spot before doubling back in the Japanese Garden again and that was because I wanted a couple more pictures and I was hoping that some of the crowds had cleared out by this time.
On the way out of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, there is a nursery where you can bring a piece of the garden home with you. And the people on staff will direct you everything that a new home gardener could need, like artificial grow lights and fertilizer. Then you can decide how extensive you want to make your little green world.
I had an awesome day with great company. I was so happy that we could leisurely enjoy almost everything the garden had to offer. I will be back for a picnic next time or to see the leaves change colors or maybe both. Have any of you been to a botanic garden in your neck of the woods? Did you enjoy it? Have any pics?