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NY Botanical Garden pt 1

My Soul Blooms Forever, Yayoi Kusama, 2019; the artist has said - I am happy that I have painted flowers... There are no objects more interesting.

My Soul Blooms Forever, Yayoi Kusama, 2019; the artist has said - I am happy that I have painted flowers... There are no objects more interesting.

The 1896 LuEsther T Mertz Library Bldg houses the United States' largest botanical library, and was the first library whose collection focused exclusively on botany

The 1896 LuEsther T Mertz Library Bldg houses the United States' largest botanical library, and was the first library whose collection focused exclusively on botany

I Want to Fly to the Universe, Yoyoi Kusama, 2020; in this era of Covid, the huge green spaces at the New York Botanical Garden allowed for plenty of social distancing despite the large crowd

I Want to Fly to the Universe, Yoyoi Kusama, 2020; in this era of Covid, the huge green spaces at the New York Botanical Garden allowed for plenty of social distancing despite the large crowd

White Wild Indigo (in the pea family) has striking charcoal-gray stems, blue-green leaves and pea-like blossoms forming on long spikes, making it quite showy, but without floral scent

White Wild Indigo (in the pea family) has striking charcoal-gray stems, blue-green leaves and pea-like blossoms forming on long spikes, making it quite showy, but without floral scent

The 1840 Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill is the oldest existing tobacco manufacturing building in the US; the Thain Family Forest is split by the Bronx River, the only freshwater river in New York City

The 1840 Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill is the oldest existing tobacco manufacturing building in the US; the Thain Family Forest is split by the Bronx River, the only freshwater river in New York City

The Poseidon is a vigorous floribunda rose with stunning lavender/blue cupped blooms; all cut grass, leaves, weeds, deadheaded flowers, twigs, branches are composted or go into mulch so nothing goes to landfills

The Poseidon is a vigorous floribunda rose with stunning lavender/blue cupped blooms; all cut grass, leaves, weeds, deadheaded flowers, twigs, branches are composted or go into mulch so nothing goes to landfills

The Garden’s historic collection of maples, included many varieties of Japanese maples, from around the world was very impressive; photos of trees don't do them justice

The Garden’s historic collection of maples, included many varieties of Japanese maples, from around the world was very impressive; photos of trees don't do them justice

When the Fountain of Life (1905) was completed there were very few statues of horses with webbed forefeet; there is not a subway stop anywhere near the Garden so I took the subway and then a bus

When the Fountain of Life (1905) was completed there were very few statues of horses with webbed forefeet; there is not a subway stop anywhere near the Garden so I took the subway and then a bus

In the Mertz Library there were additional Kusama sculptures as well as a gallery with dozens of watercolors; if you decide to skip the subway/bus transit plan then parking will set you back $20

In the Mertz Library there were additional Kusama sculptures as well as a gallery with dozens of watercolors; if you decide to skip the subway/bus transit plan then parking will set you back $20

This pink satin rhododendron was one of the few still in bloom when I visited; the New York Botanical Garden was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1967

This pink satin rhododendron was one of the few still in bloom when I visited; the New York Botanical Garden was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1967

The Korean dogwood is native to East Asia including Korea, China and Japan but has become naturalized in NY state; it can be distinguished from the dogwood of eastern North America since it flowers about a month later

The Korean dogwood is native to East Asia including Korea, China and Japan but has become naturalized in NY state; it can be distinguished from the dogwood of eastern North America since it flowers about a month later

I just love the expressions blooms create on spiral ginger; the plant is mentioned in the Kama Sutra as an ingredient in a cosmetic to be used on the eyelashes to increase sexual attractiveness

I just love the expressions blooms create on spiral ginger; the plant is mentioned in the Kama Sutra as an ingredient in a cosmetic to be used on the eyelashes to increase sexual attractiveness

The Garden contains 50 different gardens and plant collections; there is a serene cascade waterfall, as well as wetlands (though this duck preferred a fountain) and a 50-acre tract of original, never-logged, old-growth New York forest

The Garden contains 50 different gardens and plant collections; there is a serene cascade waterfall, as well as wetlands (though this duck preferred a fountain) and a 50-acre tract of original, never-logged, old-growth New York forest

Cleistocactus icosagonus is from the Andes in northern Peru and southern Ecuador; the stems are initially upright but then become sprawling as they mature

Cleistocactus icosagonus is from the Andes in northern Peru and southern Ecuador; the stems are initially upright but then become sprawling as they mature

The captivating Mexican grass tree looks great in raised planters or large containers; the Garden starting charging admission in 1994 to help reduce years of neglect due to underfunding

The captivating Mexican grass tree looks great in raised planters or large containers; the Garden starting charging admission in 1994 to help reduce years of neglect due to underfunding

The Haupt Conservatory at the NY Botanical Garden opened in 1902 after costing $177,000; the land for the Garden was purchased from the Lorillard family (tobacco money)

The Haupt Conservatory at the NY Botanical Garden opened in 1902 after costing $177,000; the land for the Garden was purchased from the Lorillard family (tobacco money)

The blooms on the succulent sesame resemble a large petunia; don't touch this fruit unless you want to spend some time trying to remove it from your fingers (worse than a Chinese finger puzzle!)

The blooms on the succulent sesame resemble a large petunia; don't touch this fruit unless you want to spend some time trying to remove it from your fingers (worse than a Chinese finger puzzle!)

Hymn of Life - Tulips, Yoyoi Kusama, 2007; the principal officers of the corporation set up for the Garden at inception were Cornelius Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie and J.P. Morgan

Hymn of Life - Tulips, Yoyoi Kusama, 2007; the principal officers of the corporation set up for the Garden at inception were Cornelius Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie and J.P. Morgan

The sea-urchin copper coleus, is an annual or short lived evergreen perennial (in warmer climates), and is native to Australia and subtropical Asia; grown mostly for the colorful foliage

The sea-urchin copper coleus, is an annual or short lived evergreen perennial (in warmer climates), and is native to Australia and subtropical Asia; grown mostly for the colorful foliage

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