12 Feb Escape from New York: A sizzlin’ winter tour of Brooklyn Botanic Garden
This #FlashbackFriday we’re taking you all the way back…to December. We were on the East Coast for the holidays. That day we’d gotten coffee at Little Zelda and bagels at Nagle’s Bagels before going to visit my funny and unfiltered grandmother in Flatbush/Ditmas Park—where she’s lived in the same apartment since the late 1970s! It was a mild and vaguely drizzly day. After seeing family, we headed over to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
(Years ago, Pre-Instagram Era, whenever I was feeling homesick I would pull up the garden’s Flickr page to see what was in bloom.) It was Ryan’s first time on the property, which spans 52 acres of Prospect Park’s northeast corner.
So much color on a gray winter day! Plants were budding and blooming indoors and outdoors. Bronze bark gave lots of attitude and certain fiery ornamentals were still holding on in their beds. Inside, we saw bonsai in “clump,” “slant,” and “informal upright” styles. And then there were the water lilies, ferns, carnivorous plants and the massive tiger orchid overhead inside the Aquatic House. Things got sul-tree in the Steinhardt Conservatory, where tropicals were performing some amazing tricks.
Join us on our walkabout below. We only saw a small portion of the garden — the terrace and the conservatory — but it was action-packed. If you’re in the area, the garden is having a kokedama workshop this Saturday! That’s our kind of day-date.
December 2022 update: Speaking of wintertime, we were thrilled to be included in this new roundup on Redfin’s blog all about preserving YOUR outdoor space when it gets cold.
Lily Pool Terrace
The Bonsai Museum
This section features plants from the rainforests of South America, Africa and Asia…
Warm Temperate Pavilion
In this pavilion, we saw a lot of familiar flora. The species here “adapted to the dry summers and wet winters” of eastern Asia, South Africa, the Mediterranean, Australia and New Zealand. And California, of course! We saw some gorgeous winter-blooming bulbs popping against evergreens…