Last weekend it was 70 degrees and gorgeous. The perfect day for a visit to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. An easy subway ride from the West Village brings you right to the entrance but once inside you are worlds away from New York City. The smell of all the blossoming flowers and tress transports you to the country side.
Lilacs, grape hyacinths, and crabapple trees greet you as you enter the garden and make your way down to cherry lane.
The cherry blossoms were almost in full bloom when we visited. This is the perfect spot to bring a picnic lunch and a book.
There are so many flowers through out the gardens and all the plants have their names proudly posted.
Once past Cherry Lane the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden awaits. It is filled with a myriad of trees, flowers, animals, and sculptures. I love the cut-out shape above on the footbridge- it would be great as a repeated pattern set into venetian plaster.
The tulip bed took my breath away. Flowers are planted by color and species and the patterns are beautiful.
If you are enable to make it there in April, May and June offer their own special blooms.
- April: Magnolias, daffodils, forsythias, flowering cherries, crabapples, Native Flora and Japanese Hill-and-Pond Gardens.
- May: Lilacs, tulips, bluebells, wisterias, Shakespeare Garden, Rock Garden, dogwoods, azaleas in the Osborne Garden.
- June: Cranford Rose Garden, Perennial Borders, Annual Border, Herb Garden, irises, peonies.
Visit the website for hours, directions, and admission: http://www.bbg.org/
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