My Trip to the New York Botanical Garden

New York Botanical Gardens Trip

This past weekend I visited The New York Botanical Garden with some girlfriends.  I am kinda embarrassed to admit that this was my first trip to the Botanical gardens and to the Bronx.  (or close to NYC… I only live 2 hours away:)  It had been my girlfriends Anne’s idea to go in celebration of her birthday.  Visiting gardens is one of my absloute favorite things to do (Jason can totally attest to that:).

New York Botanical Gardens Trip

My girlfriend Sarah took this pic of me crossing over the bridge (you can see Manhattan? in the background). They couldn’t believe I had never been before. Before majoring in dance I actually started out as a horticulture major.  After spending 2 semesters looking at plant cells under a microscope (science is my worst subject) I decided I wanted to spend the next 3 years of college dancing.  I never lost my appreciation for gardening and visiting beautiful gardens and although I cherished my time as a dancer I sometimes wish I had finished my horticulture degree.

New York Botanical Gardens Trip

(this allee of tulip poplars was so beautiful)

This was It was also my first all day trip out with girlfriends and no kids and no agenda for as long as I can remember.  I feel like the last decade or so I have been on survival mode with very few quiet moments.  Anyone else with kids feel that way:)?

New York Botanical Gardens Trip

The gardens were amazing.  We went to see the Frida Kahlo exhibit.  It was the first time I had ever seen her artwork up close.  I was truly moved by how much emotion went into her paintings and how much she was influenced by nature.  The NY Botanical Gardens displays a famous artist’s work and then recreates their garden in their conservatory.  How cool is that?  I love thinking about how much gardens influence artists and how much my garden influences how I live my life especially my decorating.

New York Botanical Gardens Trip

 

New York Botanical Gardens Trip

 

New York Botanical Gardens Trip

New York Botanical Gardens Trip

Kahlo’s garden’s were so colorful just like her artwork.

New York Botanical Gardens Trip

Can you believe this stunning ladies slipper orchid?  It was behind glass so I don’t think there is much hope for me to have one at home:).

New York Botanical Gardens Trip

There was this gorgeous giant pond outside with water lilies and Koi fish.  Next DIY project?

New York Botanical Gardens Trip

New York Botanical Gardens Trip

This garden is huge (250 acres) so although we checked out a lot of it we didn’t get to see all of it.  There were so many things I saw that inspired me to recreate at my house.

New York Botanical Gardens Trip

New York Botanical Gardens Trip

Like these formal parterres above (some with herbs and hydrangeas).  The smell was amazing.  I know want to add a small herb potager along the back of my house off the kitchen.  Or this cute little kids seating area made of stumps. (we certainly have a lot of them here.. stumps and kids:).

New York Botanical Gardens Trip

How gorgeous is this 250 year old tree stump…would that not make an amazing dining table?

New York Botanical Gardens Trip

I picked up this beautiful green glass mister to water my 2 succulents with (Jason likes to point that we only have 2…I guess he didn’t think it was necessary purchase:).  I love decorating with pieces that have memories attached to them.  And it was this or a $95 vintage Kantha throw, he got off easy:)…just kidding.

New York Botanical Gardens Trip

But just look at how pretty it looks on my living mantel:).

New York Botanical Gardens Trip

It was so much fun to just be with friends.  I have known two of them for over 20 years now and they are dear friends.  It’s amazing how we can dive right in to where we left off.  It was a beautifully perfect day to enjoy the botanical garden with friends old and new.

New York Botanical Gardens Trip

It’s a shame the birthday girl didn’t make the pic but we already started planning our next garden trip as we were exploring these gardens.  We need to put something on the calendar so I would love to hear what gardens you guys like to visit. And I definitely want to go back to see the next artist’s garden… whoever that will be.  I will be sharing our summer garden tour next week (not that even compares to this one:).  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  If you live anywhere near the Bronx I would totally recommend visiting the Botanical garden, it was so much fun!

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7 thoughts on “My Trip to the New York Botanical Garden

  1. Glad to see you got in some wonderful sights. The conservatory is truly amazing. It was completed a few years after I moved away and I did not have the chance to see it till 4 years ago when I returned. Was I amazed!! Also there is a kids garden, and a forest.. and across the street is the Bronx Zoo if you are ever in the area with the kids. (Do I sound like a RP for the Bronx..lol). So glad to see that you enjoyed it so much. I took my children there when they were young and now again as teens and young adults. They LOVE it!

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Mary to read my post about the New York Botanical Gardens! I can see you love visiting there too:). We rode the tram through the forest and got to see some of the kids garden. It is really is a special place. I hope you had a great weekend and take care, Tara

  2. It looks like you had a lovely day trip. That lady slipper orchid was impressive. I saw a lady slipper once when I was out on a hike. It was beautiful, but so fragile.

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