by Gary S.
As a member of the New York Botanical Garden I regularly visit the grounds in the Bronx. This past Sunday they had the Halloween exhibit and events, along with the Fall Flowers of Japan exhibit in the Haupt Conservatory and the 17th Annual Tour de Bronx would end in the Gardens also.
Knowing this day would be a busy one, I tried to get there early but by 10am the line of cars heading into the parking lot extended out on to Southern Boulevard. It was a nice day to take a long walk around the garden and enjoy the exhibits, so I waited in line.
The Gardens grounds are open free to the public but there is a fee for the Conservatory and parking, but with a membership you get it all at no cost. I guess to save money there are no paper tickets for the exhibits only a purple sticker, which you had to wear. I made my way to the Fall Flowers of Japan exhibit first, this is what left of the Kiku exhibit that was in the Conservatory courtyard in the past years. Kiku is the Art of the Japanese Chrysanthemum presentation.
At the entrance pool is a sculpture by Tetsunori Kawana made from salvaged branches, twigs, vines stumps and roots from the garden grounds following storms Irene and Lee. I then made the hike around the grounds to the rose garden and back thru the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. Where the kids where playing around and enjoying in the events planned by the NYBG for them. The Tour de Bronx ended at Daffodil Hill (the police had to block Southern Boulevard for them to cross it and enter the gardens, causing a longer back up of cars on the street and a lot a car honking).
I ended my walk at the Reflecting Pool where there were 1000+ LB pumpkins and an artist craving them in to the largest jack-o-lantern I have ever seen and most people would consider the creepy too. I ended my day with a lunch at the café and a stroll thru the Shop in the Garden, where they had the Bonsai on display and for sale. It was nice Autumn day and I had very enjoyable stroll. These days are numbered as the snow will be here in a few months.
keywokds: Halloween at New York Botanical Garden