I had the opportunity to visit The New York Botanical Garden last week, and all I can say is, you don't want to miss it when spring is in full swing! Between the flowering cherries, daffodil fields, and overflowing flower carts, there's color at every turn. The best place to check out this time of year is the Rock Garden, because it blooms the earliest, but no matter where you go, there's no shortage of color. The Victorian-style glass- and wrought-iron framed Enid A. Haupt Conservatory houses 11 different habitats, including two rain forests. Another must-see is the diverse collection of Benenson Ornamental Conifers—several hundred of them laid out on 15 acres of land.
One note if you're visiting with young children who have a tendency to veer: walking on the lawn is not proper etiquette (I learned the hard way!), so if your child is of the more "spirited" variety, make a beeline for the Everett Children's Adventure Garden which has a colorful ribbon curtain at the grand entrance (below) that's fun for photo ops, impressive oversize caterpillars constructed out of flowers, an indoor lab for doing experiments, and a wooden xylophone that's "too much fun" according to my two year old, which is pretty much the ultimate endorsement.
Schedule of upcoming exhibits and events posted below the gallery.
All-Garden Pass: Spring at the Garden
Now thru May 16
Antique Garden Furniture Fair
Friday through Sunday, April 25–27, 2014; 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
In the Conservatory Tent behind the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory
Weird, Wild & Wonderful: An Evening of Women, Art & Botany featuring Elizabeth Gilbert & Amy Stewart
May 29, 6–9 p.m. In the Ross Lecture Hall
BUY TICKETS HERE