Monday, May 4, 2009

How does your garden grow?

The past few years I’ve become a big fan of Salt Lake City’s local botanical garden, Red Butte. So on this trip to New York, I decided to visit a botanical garden. Be warned. There are two gardens to choose from; the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and the New York Botanical Garden. Most New Yorkers seem to be only aware of the garden in Brooklyn. But I wanted to see the conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden.

I mention this only because when you ask for directions, you have to insist on the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx or you’ll be sent to Brooklyn. The fastest way to get there is to take a train from Grand Central station to the Botanical Garden Station. It only take about 20 minutes to get there.

The NYBG is huge. If you want to move around the garden, take the tram. It stops at many locations and you can get off and back on as you wish. The best part of the garden is the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. This Victorian-style glass house is massive and makes you think back to the turn of the twentieth century when collecting exotic plants from around the world was all the rage. This place, which opened in 1902, delivers with collections meticulously displayed in a variety of climates from rainforests to deserts.

Rather than talk about it, why not just show a few pictures?

My first ever visit to Grand Central Station where we caught a train for the Bronx.

The Conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden.

Me enjoying some of the amazing flowers in the tropical rainforest.

Felix on the sky walk in the tropical rainforest.

Here I am in the temperate rainforest. It smelled so fresh and the moss was amazing.

Many of the rooms stay true to a Victorian sensibility. This room with a fountain and amazing
flowering vines from Asia made me want to enjoy high tea.

Just a sampling of the many strange flowers in the conservatory.

1 comment:

Kara said...

Amazing! And I love the pic of you in Grand Central Station. Nice work, Felix!