New York Travel: The New York Botanical Garden – Brazilian Modern: The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx (Saturday, June 8, 2019 – Sunday, September 29, 2019)

The New York Botanical Garden is a botanical garden located at Bronx Park in the Bronx, New York City. The 250-acre site’s verdant landscape supports over one million living plants in extensive collections. The garden has a diversity of tropical, temperate, and desert flora, as well as programming that ranges from exhibitions in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory to festivals on Daffodil Hill. As of 2016, over a million people visit the New York Botanical Garden annually.
If you are planning on being in New York in the next month, be sure to check out the Brazilian Modern: The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx exhibit. Roberto Burle Marx (1909–94) was a force of nature in Brazil—through his bold landscapes, vibrant art, and passionate commitment to plant conservation. His powerful modernist vision produced thousands of gardens and landscapes, including the famous curving mosaic walkways at Copacabana Beach in Rio and the beautiful rooftop garden at Banco Safra in São Paulo. Feel his artistic energy and love of plants during our Garden-wide exhibition of lush gardens; paintings, drawings, and textiles; and the sights and sounds of Brazil that inspired his life and work.

Hot Tips:
You can get to the NYBG by using public transit quite easily. It is a good 20 minute walk from the train station to the gardens. There are quite a few signs leading you to the gardens, so you can feel quite confident getting there in one piece. The neighbourhood is also safe. You can also get to the gardens using Metro North Rail.
Before you make your way around the NYBG, grab the NYBG tram which runs around the perimeter of the gardens. You can get a feel for the sights and then make decisions on which areas you would like to explore. The gardens cover a huge space; if you have time check out all the gardens has to offer. Make a note, the earlier in the day you visit the gardens, the easier it will be to access to tram en route.
First stop, the Mitsubishi Wild Wetland Trail which offers a chance to get a closer look at natural wetland habitats from swamp to marsh to pond. Here you can learn about the important role of wetlands—natural water filters that remove debris from the water supply. Enjoy views of common reed cattails and keep an eye out for ducks, turtles, and other animals as you make your way along the boardwalk. Many birds, including red-winged blackbirds, can be spotted here.
I always love getting lost in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. It is a stunning example of Victorian-style glasshouse artistry, and a New York City Landmark. It is home to A World of Plants, which showcases the wonders of the Garden’s living collections in lush tropical rain forests, cactus-filled deserts, curated displays of palms from around the world, aquatic and carnivorous plants, and much more. From early summer through fall, the Courtyards come alive with vibrant hardy and tropical water lilies and graceful lotus.
Check out the Conservatory courtyard pools which houses water lilies and lotus in brilliant yellow, pink, purple, and even blue float serenely next to waving grasses and reeds. Dominating the tropical pool is the Victoria amazonica, the world’s largest water lily, whose leaves can span seven-feet across.
I always make sure that when I visit the NYBG that I bring a baseball hat, water, granola bars, good sneakers and bug spray. If you are going to be out in the sun, be sure to protect yourself from heat stroke.
Lastly, I also visited the old-growth Forest which will show you some Native American hunting trails, marks left by glaciers and trees dating back to the American Revolution. The Forest remains a magnificent reminder of the beauty and resilience of nature in the face of complex human-caused disturbances. To preserve the Forest for future generations the Garden manages invasive species, plants native plants, and performs research.
Make sure you make time for the NYBG the next time you are in NY and the Bronx!

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s