Seeking a quick getaway from the city, but don't have time to leave NYC? Desiring a taste of nature, outdoor spaces that are vast, lush, and open, flowers and plants from all over the world, historical landmarks, and a variety of seasonal events? The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) in the Bronx is the answer.
The NYBG is a National Historical Landmark and one of the most beautiful places in all of NYC. This oasis has a rich history dating back to its founding in 1891 and was largely modeled off the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew in London. The NYBG consist of nearly 250 acres of curated and wild landscapes.
One of the architectural gems of the NYBG is the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory which was completed in 1902. It showcases carnivorous and aquatic plants, cactus from far-away deserts, a variety of palms from around the world, and living collections in lush tropical rain forests.
NYBG also offers a variety of seasonal events including the annual Orchid Show, Holiday Train Show, Mother's Day Weekend Garden Party, variety of outdoor concerts including jazz and other types of music, wine tastings, picnic dates, festivals, and a variety of exhibitions.
NYBG is also features ecology, plant science, and healthful eating education programs, free knowledge resources on their website, and world renowned research and conservation programs. Their programs are for the causal to the highly academic.
They also have a restaurant on site and a shop where you can buy plants, gifts, and a variety of items for the garden. The NYBG can be reached by the subway and it is about an hour away from Downtown. Or 35-60 mins by car from Downtown depending upon traffic and time of day.
All photographs from July 2014: