One of Husband and mine’s favorite locations to visit in the city is the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx. I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to review their Halloween Haunted Pumpkin exhibit and their Holiday train show. Since we will be moving in just 5 short weeks, I thought it is only right to visit the Gardens one more time before we are no longer native to this wonderful city.
Luckily, the awesome people at the garden welcomed us back with open arms. We planned to visit them on Sunday.
Sunday morning I woke up before the sun and began a very crappy morning, which managed to get crappier. I decided the only cure for the crappiest of days was to crawl back under the covers, curl up in the fetal position and cry. Four hours later, Husband forced me to get up and get ready for the Gardens. He made me look out the window at the bright blue sunny sky and promised me a very large Starbucks. He also promised that I would feel better once we were there.
Boy, was he right. All the mornings wrongs were not made right, but they were made more bearable as I soaked up the beauty of the new Native Plant Garden and felt the warm sun on my shoulders. (The free wine samples eased the pain a bit as well.)
This weekend they held the Grand Opening of the Native Plant Garden! This garden (which is a remodeled expansion of the previous native plant garden) is meant to celebrate the beauty of the plants that call northeastern North America home. It took 5 years to finish this project. Now, the garden is bigger, modern and stunning. Husband and I actually took photos of the architecture used throughout the garden because we would love to steal some of their ideas for our new backyard.
Now, I’m going to pretend to know what I’m talking about here, but truthfully I had to read the brochure to share this info. with you! Right now, spring time, there are Bloodroots blooming, Virginia Bluebells blossoming, Trilliums sprouting amongst the wildflowers. Sounds good, right?
We really took our time exploring the garden. We walked through the wetlands, the woodlands, the meadow and the other native areas three times. We sat on the warm rocks until an older worker told us “No! No sitting on the rocks!”. We held hands and sat quietly, and we walked and talked about our future outside of New York. Maybe one day we will create our own miniature native garden?
The grand opening of the Native Plant Garden is going to be celebrated one more weekend…this weekend, the 11th and 12th. It’s going to be extra special because it’s Mother’s Day weekend! There will be kite flying, picnics, lawn games and a professional photographer on duty to capture all the memorable moments. (And, now I’m sad again…) If my Mom was here, I would definitely take her to the gardens this Sunday.
If you are in New York anytime, it’s worth the train trip to Queens to check out the NYBG!