The New York Botanical Garden provides an oasis of relaxing green in an intensely urban setting. I have been nattering on about the ornamental plantings I saw – and they are beautiful – but the trees are spectacular. This is a world class arboretum.
Here’s an example of the kinds of trees you will see here. There is also a “native forest,” a remnant of the old growth forest that is now Manhattan. We did not have time to walk in it, but I would like to visit it sometime.
Families enjoying a stroll along the allee of tulip poplars. New Yorkers seem to love their botanical garden and treat it with respect.
A few final things I really appreciated about this place: almost every plant collection was labelled, (thank you!!!) there was a tram, so you could jump on and quickly reach the next exhibit, and finally, there were large “you are here” maps everywhere which made finding your way around a breeze.
I will end with this shot I took of someone’s plants high on a window ledge of the Mertz library.