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Hi again, I’m back in New Jersey with my old pals Andrea and Stephan!
And since I missed their outing to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden two weeks ago, they thought it was a good idea to take me to the other botanical garden in the five boroughs, the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.
None of us had been to the Bronx before, so after a little online research we figured out a way of getting there. Several, actually, but in the end we decided to take the train from Westfield to New York Penn Station (via Newark Penn Station – wonder which of the two was named first???), then hop on the #1 subway and go to 145th Street. From there we were going to take the “Bx-19” bus across the bridge to the Bronx and all the way to the very last stop, at the Botanical Garden. And since admission is free there on Saturdays between 10 and 12 am, we got up early and took the 7:50 train out of Westfield. Let me tell you, it was quite a trek, the bus ride took over an hour so that it was already about 10:30 when we finally arrived at the Garden!
And guess what, in honor of our visit they opened their new visitor center! Ok, ok, that was a coincidence, I admit it. But anyway, the Garden is huge and at first we walked around, looking at the beautiful flowers and trees that were in bloom. We started with the Herb Garden, then we wandered over to the Irwin Perennial Garden, both near the Conservatory. Well, besides lots and lots of other plants there was a patch of these ‘Johnny Jump-Ups’ – how nice that almost every plant has its nametag! – … and I couldn’t help but jump right in!
After that little incident – see picture – we carried on towards the Garden Café, where we had an early lunch. The salad and the sandwich we shared were quite nice. Close to the café is a long flowerbed planted with patches of tulips in many different colors. Most of them were in full bloom and they were beautiful!!! Of course they attracted lots of people and I would say at least half of the visitors we saw in the Garden that day were carrying some sort of camera – from very basic models to really professional looking ones with tripods and huge lenses. And while one of my buddies would be perfectly happy spending hours or even days photographing one blossom after another, the other seems to be developing an increasingly severe ‘allergy’ to cameras … but that’s another story …
From the café we walked on to the library where we took a look at an exhibition of plant drawings and some beautiful (real) orchids before catching the Garden Tram that took us once around the vast garden grounds in a big loop. The ride costs $2 and you can get on and off at each stop. The tram goes through or passes the Narcissus, Magnolia, Cherry, Lilac and Crabapple Collections and you get a good overview of what’s in bloom and which areas you might want to check out in more detail.
And since I have two pictures to show you I have to leave a bit of the story for my next entry … to be continued …. Toodaloo, Livi.