Around Town: Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Happy Earth Day! Last weekend, I spent some time appreciating nature and checking out the first of the cherry blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Most of the early blooming trees were surrounding the pond, so I didn’t get to see the iconic main lawn covered in falling petals. Thankfully, the day and the gardens were beautiful just the same.

In addition to the cherry blossoms, the tulips, early lilacs, dogwoods, and pear trees were blooming too. I can’t believe such a lovely, sprawling garden is so close to my home.

In addition to the flora, the gardens are a great spot for amateur birdwatching. Don’t forget to check out the turtles sunning themselves on a rock in the pond as well.

Some historic details are scattered throughout the gardens. The Braile and embossed signs below can be found in the Fragrance Garden and the compass is in the Magnolia Plaza.

We also stumbled on a spectacular construction walking back from the Herb Garden. Out of the trees and branches that fell during Hurricane Sandy, Roderick Romero built a nest-inspired playground for kids and adults.

Have you visited the Brooklyn Botanic Garden before? Many of the cherry blossoms are pre-bloom, so there’s still time to visit over the next couple of weeks.

For more pictures of my trip, check out Flickr too!

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