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New York Botanical Garden
With more than 250 acres of grounds, the New York Botanical Garden manages to fit a number of different landscapes and experiences into its garden walls. The garden was established in 1891, the inspiration of Nathaniel Lord Britton and his wife, Elizabeth, who returned from a trip to England determined that New York should have its own equivalent to London's Kew Gardens. They found backing among New York society and created one of the country's leading research institutions that also happens to be an ideal place to commune with nature right in the city. The rose garden designed by Beatrix Farrand is a highlight, while an abundance of azaleas reaches their peak in May. In all there are some 20 different gardens, including one dedicated to native plants, a rock garden, and a wetlands trail. The conservatory, constructed in 1902, is the largest in the country and includes 11 different climatic zones. When the last of the fall foliage has fallen from the trees, the conservatory hosts the popular annual Holiday Train Show (from the end of November to mid-January).
By John Newton, AFAR Contributor
Get into the holiday mood...in a jungle in New York
If you want to get into the holiday mood, see the annual Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Gardens which has become an annual tradition for lots of families. In the middle of luscious plants and trees, model trains run through New York landmarks, all made of natural materials like leaves, steams, pine cones and bark. It’s a festive world inside a green tropical setting in New York City. I only recently discovered this unique place after having grown up in NYC. Everybody goes to see the tree at Rockefeller Center or the store windows on Fifth Avenue. But the Holiday Train Show is unique and fun. You really admire the craftsmanship that goes into each building and bridge that are created as part of the scenery (and all done by hand!). And it’s indoors so even if it’s full-on winter and freezing outside, you can stroll and admire the show in the warmth of the atrium. There is a timed-ticket system which helps visitors flow through the show and cafes throughout the Botanical Gardens for a hot chocolate break. It doesn’t get any merrier than this and even a Scrooge can’t resist smiling at the toy trains that are running through a mini-New York.
By Miki Kamijyo
The New York Botanical Garden had an exhibit where designers had taken tens of thousands of orchids and arranged them into replicas of broadway stages throughout the city. These were as beautiful and vibrant as the cherry blossoms outside. The best part of the visit was in the cafe where we met a lovely 90+ year old lady who was there with her friend of 40 years. They met on a train in Europe and have been traveling together ever since.
By Sam Nulton
View from Amtrack Train-New York to Montreal
This was my first time taking a train up to Montreal from New York City. And I highly recommend it. The scenery is beautiful. Especially since the New England Fall is in effect.
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Lilacs in Full Bloom
The Bronx may have a bad reputation, but this borough also offers several attractions that offer a reprieve from the bustle of the city. One such attraction is the New York Botanical Garden, which has a beautiful lilac grove that is currently in full bloom. All shades of lilac (+ white) are on display, and the intoxicating smell of the flowers reaffirms spring’s late arrival this year. Of course, there are many other flowers on view, but the lilacs are particularly special because it is hard to find so many lilac trees in one place in the city. It’s a treat not to be missed.
2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10458, USA
Tue - Sun 10am - 6pm