A World of Two-Lips at the NY Botanical Gardens

NY Botanical Gardens
NY Botanical Gardens
New York Botanical Gardens
NYBG Azalea Hide and Seek

The rain held off just long enough for this couple to be married, a little girl to fly a kite and Mutti to play hide-and-seek during the Azalea Walk.

The New York Botanical Garden couldn’t have been nicer on Saturday during Mothers Day Weekend. The overcast skies kept the crowds light so there was no hardship finding parking, waiting for a trolley ride, lunch from one of the food trucks or walking through the new Native Plant Garden exhibit.

Founded in 1891, the New York Botanical Garden is like ‘going to Emerald City’ declared my little sister who joined us. The world’s greatest collections of plants, trees, shrubs and native flora species will swallow up the entire day. We arrived shortly after they opened (10a) and spent every waking moment until closing consuming the intense beauty.

Paper maps of the 250-acres help orient you where to start your journey. At this time of year, practically, everything is in bloom. The daffodil and cherry blossoms are gone but other favorites include the deep purple scents of the Lilac Collection, the voluptuous blossoms of the Tree Peonies and the azaleas and rhododendrons walk beneath ancient native oaks, tulip trees, and sweet gums.

Small growth is peeking through the dirt at The Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden where Mario Batali grows his kitchen favorites. Beds of vegetables and herbs are tended to by small hands while cooking demonstrations encourage healthy eating habits.

All day the ominous skies postponed the rain until I surrendered the umbrellas to the car. Then, of course, the clouds drained empty leaving Mutti, sis and I running for cover to the closest bathroom.

Opened in 1902, the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory is a New York City Landmark and we wisely saved it for last. Inside, the tropical rain forest is home to plant varieties from all over the world. An easy-to-climb staircase leads into a canopy of aquatic and carnivorous “jewels of the earth.”

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