Archive for May, 2011

Brooklyn Botanic Garden – Bonsai Virginia Creeper

Although it is often mistaken for poison ivy, I am a steadfast fan of Virginia Creeper and I’ve seen a lot of it in my day.  I’ve seen it in my yard, on the Appalachian Trail and on travels.  I’ve seen it creep and take over abandoned dams. I’ve seen it turn a gorgeous burgundy in the fall and I get to see Virginia Creeper any time I look at the State Seal or the State Flag of Virginia.

But at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden earlier this month, I got to see something new. Virginia Creeper…as a Bonsai Tree! : )

Brooklyn Botanical Gardens - Bonsai Display - Virginia Creeper with Shadows
Virginia Creeper Bonsai Tree

May 31, 2011 at 1:00 am Leave a comment

Brooklyn Botanic Garden – Plant Architecture Mini Safari

On April 30, Georgia at localecologist went on an Animal Architecture Safari in Brooklyn. That very same weekend, I was also in Brooklyn and admiring architecture. Only I was taking note of plants instead of animals!

One thing I loved about the Brooklyn Botanic Garden was how they used recognizable species in their structures.

Brooklyn Botanical Gardens - Gingko in Stonework
Gingko Leaves Carved into a Stone Column

I was particularly fond of the doorway to the Native Flora Garden. The metalwork on the door had some cameos by familiar wildflowers.

Brooklyn Botanical Gardens - Native Garden Door
The Native Flora Garden Door

The left panel of the door featured a Lady Slipper Orchid. They even included the grains in the leaves!

Brooklyn Botanic Garden - Native Plant Door Marked Up - Lady Slipper Orchid
Lady Slipper Orchid (Actual Lady Slipper Orchid Photo is by reznicek111)

Meanwhile, the right side of the door featured a Jack in the Pulpit.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden - Native Plant Door Marked Up - Jack in the Pulpit
Jack in the Pulpit! (Actual Jack in the Pulpit Photo is by pl1602)

What wonderful attention to detail they put into their designs!

More pictures of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden can be found on my Flickr site.

May 30, 2011 at 1:00 am Leave a comment

Brooklyn Botanic Garden – Science Celebrities

Part of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a Celebrity Path. It’s a nice paved path the winds through nature that bears the names of famous people who were born in or had lived in Brooklyn.

My parents have a subscription to the National Enquirer and I have noticed that Ryan isn’t caught perusing its pages anywhere near as often as I. And so, it wasn’t surprising that on our short walk over the Celebrity Path, Ryan’s chin was a level ninety degrees whereas mine was angled downwards reading all the names.

That is, until I spied this name:

Brooklyn Botanical Gardens - Celebrity Walk - Isaac Asimov
Isaac Asimov!

And then this name:

Brooklyn Botanical Gardens - Celebrity Walk - Carl Sagan
Carl Sagan!

Suddenly Ryan had quite a bit more interest in the names he was walking over. : )

May 27, 2011 at 1:00 am 4 comments

Brooklyn Botanic Garden – Surprise Hanami

Sunday May 1st, Ryan and I were still in New York City and only a couple of miles from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. After breakfast, we decided to walk down and check it out.

Unbeknowst to us, the day coincided with the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival. In addition to hanami (the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the beauty of flowers), the festival celebrated Japanese culture– traditional and contemporary. As a result, Ryan and I got to take in beautiful cherry blossoms, see a Taiko drum demonstration, watch attendees learn Go and see a number of people dressed up as Anime characters… and huge crowds.

Oh and for some reason Spiderman was in attendence as well. : )

Brooklyn Botanical Gardens - Man Playing
Man Enjoying A Vendor Display

Brooklyn Botanical Gardens - Go Game Demos
Go Demos

Brooklyn Botanical Gardens - Anime Characters with Child
Anime Characters with Child

Brooklyn Botanical Gardens - Cherry Esplanade
Crowds at the Cherry Esplanade

Brooklyn Botanical Gardens - Conservatory, Crowd and Tulips
Conservatory, Crowd and Tulips

Brooklyn Botanical Gardens - Ninja Baits Spiderman
Ninja Baits Spiderman into Fight

Brooklyn Botanical Gardens - Onlookers to Ninja vs Spiderman Fight
Onlookers of the Spiderman Fight

More pictures of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden can be found on my Flickr site. You can also check out the official BBG-Hanami Flickr group.

May 26, 2011 at 1:00 am 2 comments

The New York Botanical Garden – Blooms

Ryan and I visited The New York Botanical Gardens at a great time. We got to see a whole lot of blooms and subsequently got a whole lot of pictures. To keep it short and sweet, here’s a mosaic from Big Huge Lab’s Mosaic Maker. Enjoy!

The New York Botanical Garden - Mosiac of Blooms

1. Cherry Blooms, 2. Yellow Tulip, 3. White Star Flowers, 4. Pink Crabapple Blooms, 5. Wild Daffodils in Daffodil Valley, 6. Jade Vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys) Blooms, 7. Spotted Pink and Purple Blooms, 8. Snowdrift Crabapple Blooms, 9. Pieris, 10. Passion Flower (Passifolor x kewensis), 11. Spikes and Flowers in the African Desert Room, 12. Pink Pinecone (Close)

Thirsty for more New York City spring blooms? Check out Spring Blooms in Washington Square by localecologist.

May 25, 2011 at 1:00 am 2 comments

The New York Botanical Garden – Nature Taking Over

When you are inside the Conservatory at The New York Botanical Garden, you know that the environment you are taking in was architected by humans. Still, you get to catch glimpses of what nature wants to do if left to its own devices– take over. : )

New York Botanical Gardens - Vines Climb Pillar (Far)
Vines Climb Up a Pillar in the Conservatory

New York Botanical Gardens - Determined Vine on Stairwell
This Determined Vine is Squeezing Itself Into a Home in the Stairwell Handrail

More pictures of The New York Botanical Gardens can be found on my Flickr site.

May 24, 2011 at 1:00 am 2 comments

The New York Botanical Garden – Textures in Palms

During our visit to the New York Botanical Gardens, I was quite enamoured with the variety of textures one can see just in palm tree trunks. There are about 2600 different species of palms– some species live in rain forests. Others live in deserts. With that kind of range, obviously they have to be pretty diverse… and one can spy souvenirs of that diversity even if you look no further than the trunks.

New York Botanical Gardens - Pattern in Palm Bark
Bumpy Palm Trunk

New York Botanical Gardens - Pattern in Palm Bark 2
Burlap-y Palm Trunk

New York Botanical Gardens - Pattern in Traveller's Tree (Ravenela madagascariensis)
Patterns in Traveller’s Tree (Ravenela madagascariensis) Trunk

New York Botanical Gardens - Textures in African Desert Room
Trunk in African Desert Room

New York Botanical Gardens - Textures - Fuzzy Bark and Palm Leaves
Fuzzy Trunk

More pictures of The New York Botanical Gardens can be found on my Flickr site.

May 23, 2011 at 1:00 am 3 comments

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