There was this one time where we read that the cherry blossoms would be blooming and blossoming all over Brooklyn’s Botanical Gardens. Seeing as my friend Laura and I were looking for a way to explore the outdoors and possibly escape the city for some time, we took a trip off the island to check it out.
Well, let’s just say the magazines and newspapers didn’t really take into account our fabulous weather this winter. The cherry blossoms were far and few but we did stumble upon some beautiful plants. Where the blossoms should have been …
I spy a few buds!
A little spring surprise from the cold grounds of New York
We even found ourselves amidst a hipster wedding with men dressed in bow ties and the women adorning various colored dresses. It was quite a site and even managed to show up on the Humans of New York Facebook page.
What I did enjoy was roaming around the gardens, watching the people lay out in the sun and dream of the days to come. I may not be in sunny California, but I’ve managed to find some ways to replicate my time outside in the foliage. Ok, I still haven’t spotted any palm trees, but maybe that just means I need to plant one.
Like I said, I managed to find at least one tree in full bloom. It made me realize how gorgeous of a season spring actually is and the fact that having seasons enables us to see this beauty and appreciate it (especially after such a long winter!)
Thanks to technology and innovation over hundreds of years, these greenhouses did provide us with a look and feel of some of our hometown plants. It was almost as if I had clicked my heels and I was transported to the Huntington Gardens or Arcadia’s Arboretum.
Whatever it may have been, getting to explore a new area of the city, especially one that was outdoors, was the highlight of my weekend. I highly recommend taking a trip to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. There are plenty of areas to sit, read a book, or take a walk. One forgets how cramped and crowded and overwhelming a city can be until you explore the outer areas and find yourself breathing in (relatively) fresh air.
Brooklyn Botanical Garden
1000 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” - John Muir