Loving the Cherry Blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens!
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The New York Blog has been dormant for a while, not because I donâ€™t have love for it, but rather, during the winter I am like a bear and try not to leave warm places if possible. So this weekend I realized that spring was here and it was time! Now it hasnâ€™t been feeling like spring this May because we have been having unusually cool weather thanks to the Canadian air milling around the NE. It wonâ€™t go away, though I still love the Canadians!
Now, I have always wanted to go to
A group of us had originally wanted to go together, but our schedules didnâ€™t quite mesh up and we had limited time with the blossoms being in bloom only for a short time.
Noah at first was reluctant as he wanted to know what kind of guy wants to stare at flowers. I told him it was as if we were going to
The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for students and children, though on Tuesdays you can get in for free. Since it was Saturday we would be paying full price which was alright by me. The Cherry Blossoms were in full bloom and I was itching to see them!
The first thing I noticed was that it was crowded! There were people all over the place and I found myself a little overwhelmed.
As we walked down the path of trees surrounded by the delicate color of pink, we realized that there were a lot of odd outfits going on around us. There were some women dressed up in kimonos, not unexpected at a Cherry Blossom festival, but there were people dressed as if they were anime characters. Hmm, I donâ€™t know why, but they were. Not my thing, but apparently a lot of people were into it; mostly.
We decided it was time to leave the Cherry Blossoms behind and go visit the
After a few pictures I was back on track and heading towards the water where there was a beautifully placed Torii gate. In the water there were a lot of coy fishes along with a turtle here and there which surprised me. I love turtles!
This area is beautiful and is as popular as the Cherry Blossom trees.
While there, we found a hidden road that takes you to a little structure that is a prayer structure from what I gather. On the side of it there were two dog statues which had change underneath them left as an offering. Kind if neat, but both Noah and I wondered how long the money lasted there as people might get tempted by free money as the ticket price is right there in front of you. Well, that and we do have a high homeless population. One to ponder I supposeâ€¦
We continued walking and found ourselves again at the Cherry Blossom Trees.
The next section had a lot of trees and various flower bushes rather than flowering trees and bulbous flowers. It was a great place to just sit under a tree and read or think and many people were doing just that. As we were going through a dense area with trees we were greeted by the smell of weed and not the type that you try to get out of your garden. When we got to the clearing we saw the four perpetrators and they werenâ€™t very slick. They were looking around all suspicious looking. Yes, you are smoking doobie and yes, everyone knows. It isnâ€™t like it doesnâ€™t have a distinctive smell or anything.
As we journeyed further we had to cross a 3 inch stream, but I am happy to report we both lived! From there we were back on the main road. As we were looking at a grouping of shrubs with some orange tulips we found a tiny bunny eating amongst the leaves. Noah kept trying to get my attention and I kept telling him to stop it as I was trying to get a shot of the tulips, but he was persistent and while I was annoyed at first, he was right. The bunny was better than the tulips and I snapped a few shots until more people saw what we were doing and he scurried away.
Next we went to a few gift shops (there Noah met a new friend) and ended up buying chopsticks. Yeah, strange I know. Noah said he would pick them up in
As we headed past the tulips and the little pond by the gifts shops we found a wedding party getting their photos taken. Weddings are popular here and I can see why, though the people milling around would be too much for me. The only way to stop that is to be a millionaire and shut the place down. Not my styleâ€¦
The Botanical Gardens were going to be closing soon so we headed towards the exit.
The last section is the area near the exit. It is large grassy park area surrounded by trees and flowers. There was a little girl in front of us rolling down the whole thing. I was tempted to join her, but I had a bag with a camera and other breakables and opted to walk. Next time!
I asked Noah if he had changed his mind and he admitted it was very nice and he had a great time.
As we exited the garden we saw that many people were heading into the
You had to pay to see the Anime section so we opted to pass as there were other things to see. The
As we climbed down the stairwell to the next floor I was confused to see a replica of the Statue of Liberty outside the window on the higher floors. A little odd I must say. She didnâ€™t quite look like the original, but I guess the good thing was that she was more accessible than the real one, so why not?
After a good two hours we headed out. As we headed to the subways, we passed a fountain that shoots water up into the air in different patterns.
In the end, it was a fabulous day and I recommend it to all. The Cherry Blossoms last for only about two weeks, but if you goto the Botanical Gardens website they have a map that tells you what flowers are in bloom. There is always something flowering in the Botanical Gardens, though I am so happy I went when I did! Who can pass up Cherry Blossoms?