A Visit to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden!

Fountain of Flowers
All Photos By Gail

It was a complete accident that Geoffrey and I ended up making a pit stop at the gorgeous Brooklyn Botanic Garden as part of a recent trip to visit the Brooklyn Museum. It wasn’t until we were on the train that I noticed (for the first time, ever) that the Eastern Parkway Stop off the 2 and 3 is also the stop for the BBG, so I suggested to Geoffrey that we “See how far away it is from the museum” once we got out of the subway. What we discovered, much to our ecstatic delight, is that the Garden is literally right next to the Museum. It could not possibly have been more conveniently located. Even better, Geoffrey’s work ID card got us in for free, and since we had no strict agenda to follow, we spent over an hour exploring nature as a prelude to some hardcore, art-viewing action. It was an amazing day!

Pillar

Make sure you pick up a map of the grounds at the entrance because, while it is fun to just wander freely, the place is massive, and you might find that there are certain areas you want to make sure you see before you need to head out.

Trellis

Sunscreen is recommended on a bright sunny day, but even if you are looking to get a tan, there are plenty of shady areas to walk, such as this trellis-covered path that took us to our first stop, the Native Flora Garden.

Native Flora Garden Signage

Native Flora Garden Path

The Native Flora Garden feels like being on a forest path, where you can see hundreds of plants that are native the New York Metropolitan area. It is flat terrain, but it is still a nice hike.

Bird

Y0u can also spot birds and other small wildlife.

Limestone Ledge

Limestone Ledge. All of Manhattan used to look like this.

Orange Wildflowers

There are lots of wild flowers as well. Most have identifying signs near them so you know what you are looking at.  Educational!

Native Flora Garden Signage

The people who created this fountain are truly outdoor fountain pros. I wanted to jump into this fountain to cool off, but it is not allowed.

Row of Pink Roses

Next, we headed over to the Cranford Rose Garden.

Rose Garden Full View Pink and Purple

Cranford Rose Garden Statue

There must be thousands of Rose bushes, plus other flowers and flowering plants in this garden.

Red Roses

Looking at all of these beautiful rose bushes made me feel extremely nostalgic for my late Grandmother, who had an incredible green thumb and was always so proud of her rose garden.

Cranford Rose Garden

You could take a million pictures. I nearly did!

Pink Rose Blooms

Remember that flowers mean that there will be bees buzzing about, doing their thing. If you are allergic, please use caution, but never swat at a bee! Bees make our food. Please let them live.

Cranford Rose Garden

Looking for a shady place to sit and rest, our next stop was the Cherry Esplanade.

Cherry Esplanade

The Cherry Esplanade is rows and rows of Cherry trees that are no longer flowering by Summer, but which provide a gorgeous green shade just the same.

Flowering Bushes

At the end of the Esplanade is the Rose Arc Pool. More Flowers! More Bees! More Sun! Nature is Awesome!

Flowered Arches

Green Plant

Sun Dial

If you walk up to that building and take a left, you’ll end up at the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden.

Japanese Garden

The pond is a bit green, to say the least, but you can see fish and turtles swimming in it. The Red Archway in the water is called a Torii. It is commonly found at the entrance to a Shinto temple or shrine.

Japanese Maple

Japanese Maple Tree.

Pagoda and Pond

We stopped by the gift shop for quick a browse before making our way back over to the Museum, where we had an excellent time before returning to the city for dinner. I can’t wait to go back to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to see everything we missed on our first trip!

BBG Signage

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is Located at 150 Eastern Parkway, with entrances also at 455 Flatbush Avenue, and also at 990 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225. Take the 2 or 3 to Eastern Parkway if that train is near you! Otherwise, get other directions, plus more information to help plan your visit at This Link!

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