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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

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