A visit to the American Impressionist garden at the New York Botanical Garden had been on my list for a while and knowing the exhibit would soon close…well time was of the essence! I’ve always loved the artistic style painting of American Impressionism (think Monet and van Gogh) and knowing flowers were involved…well it was a no brainer to head to the Bronx to check it out.
In ten days the exhibit would close and it was obvious that the bloom had diminished quite a bit. The flower beds were meant to resemble plantings around artists’ stomping grounds in the Northeast…so of course the exhibit had to also include a reproduction of a weathered front porch of a clapboard home from the era as well…complete with rocking chairs.
But it was still beautiful…enough color remained to make my own impressionist painting using an app to get the painterly effect.
As I made my way through the remaining sections of the conservatory, it didn’t take long to spot the polka dot begonia. How brilliant of mother earth…it’s believed that the spots scatter sunlight within the leaves, helping this type of begonia adapt to lower light below a forest canopy.
Even though I’ve never been a big fan of coleus…after seeing this gorgeous arrangement…well lets just say that I’ve totally changed my mind…
Out the doors of the conservatory were the courtyard pools and they were dominated by the Victoria amazonica – the world’s largest water lily whose leaves can span seven feet across. Amazing.
But it was these adorable little faces…the lotus seed pods…that just fascinated me. Based on the number throughout the pools it was obvious they had peaked in bloom as well. Totally fine with me…as I’d never seen the various stages of these pods.
The sky was perfect to play with reflections…
A subtle breeze and big billowy clouds constantly covered and uncovered the sun…allowing nature to paint it’s own impressionist art throughout the afternoon.
From my neighborhood (the Upper West Side in Manhattan) it’s only a thirty minute subway ride and a ten minute walk…providing a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city on a hot summer day.
By the way…are you familiar with Chihuly? Well if you’re in New York next year (4/22 thru 10/29) you’ll be in a for a treat! For the first time in more than ten years, Dale Chihuly will have a major exhibition with monumental installations within and around the most celebrated sites in the New York Botanical Garden’s landscape. (Check out my blog posting when Chihuly was at the Desert Botanical Garden in Arizona a couple of years ago. It was a wowza!) This is definitely going on the calendar!