Cherry Blossoms and Trouble Making

No matter where Husband and I go, we always find a way to get into trouble. By “we” I obviously mean “Husband”. He is always climbing something, jumping to and from things, rummaging random cabinets and trying every closed-door. Getting reprimanded by an authority figure comes as no surprise when on an outing with Husband. The problem is that Husband’s trouble-making ways have rubbed off on me a bit, and I often fail to even recognize when I’m breaking a rule.

During our recent visit to the New York Botanical Garden, I was extra careful and made sure that Husband was on his best behavior. I love this Garden and there is no way I’m going to get a bad rep here, which is why I didn’t budge when I heard an older angry woman screaming “No!” during part of our visit….

There are a few giant rocks in the new Native Plant Garden that I had used in the morning to relax and warm-up. After lunch, I returned to the rocks to take a few photos. I was at the top of the rocks when I heard the scary employee shouting at someone who was obviously breaking a rule. I looked around to spot the perpetrator, but found a furious employee glaring at me instead. I quickly ran down the rock, shocked to have been scolded, and found Husband laughing at the whole scene. As we walked past the strict elder staff member, she loudly told the guests in her tour group how “necessary it is to stay on the obvious path” and how “inconsiderate it is to veer off”. I get it lady, you’ve made your point.

As we left the native plants, I made a point to steer clear of any funny business…Husband made no such decision.


We walked a couple trails that were new to us, found a beautiful waterfall and ended up in a field of cherry blossoms! My spring coat matched the blooms perfectly, so we took the time for a much-needed photo shoot.


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As we left the cherry blossoms, Husband had a very mischievous idea…He had me walk ahead of him and our friend Dan. As they walked behind me, Dan had the camera and Husband jumped up to shake a branch on the tree. He thought a few falling petals would make a beautiful photo. He got a lot more petals than he bargained for, but the photo did turn out beautifully!

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I couldn’t believe the rainfall of pink petals and turned around with excitement to find Husband under the tree surround by a ridiculous amount of fallen petals/evidence. Just as I was about to announce that we should skiddaddle, an adorable family came running over. They thought the petal idea was the cutest thing they have ever seen and just had to take a similar photo with their daughter.

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NOW, it was definitely time to make ourselves scarce, before Miss Garden-Party-Pooper showed up. So, we headed to the most innocent section of the Gardens, the Family Garden.

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We managed to spend the rest of the day out of trouble and escaped without getting arrested for tree de-petaling. It was a lovely day, and the perfect last visit to the Gardens before moving….especially since I may never be allowed to return after this post. Sorry about that.


Last Trip to the Gardens

One of Husband and mine’s favorite locations to visit in the city is the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx. I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to review their Halloween Haunted Pumpkin exhibit and their Holiday train show. Since we will be moving in just 5 short weeks, I thought it is only right to visit the Gardens one more time before we are no longer native to this wonderful city.

Luckily, the awesome people at the garden welcomed us back with open arms. We planned to visit them on Sunday.
Sunday morning I woke up before the sun and began a very crappy morning, which managed to get crappier. I decided the only cure for the crappiest of days was to crawl back under the covers, curl up in the fetal position and cry. Four hours later, Husband forced me to get up and get ready for the Gardens. He made me look out the window at the bright blue sunny sky and promised me a very large Starbucks. He also promised that I would feel better once we were there.
Boy, was he right. All the mornings wrongs were not made right, but they were made more bearable as I soaked up the beauty of the new Native Plant Garden and felt the warm sun on my shoulders. (The free wine samples eased the pain a bit as well.)
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This weekend they held the Grand Opening of the Native Plant Garden! This garden (which is a remodeled expansion of the previous native plant garden) is meant to celebrate the beauty of the plants that call northeastern North America home. It took 5 years to finish this project. Now, the garden is bigger, modern and stunning. Husband and I actually took photos of the architecture used throughout the garden because we would love to steal some of their ideas for our new backyard.
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Now, I’m going to pretend to know what I’m talking about here, but truthfully I had to read the brochure to share this info. with you! Right now, spring time, there are Bloodroots blooming, Virginia Bluebells blossoming, Trilliums sprouting amongst the wildflowers. Sounds good, right?
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We really took our time exploring the garden. We walked through the wetlands, the woodlands, the meadow and the other native areas three times. We sat on the warm rocks until an older worker told us “No! No sitting on the rocks!”. We held hands and sat quietly, and we walked and talked about our future outside of New York. Maybe one day we will create our own miniature native garden?
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The grand opening of the Native Plant Garden is going to be celebrated one more weekend…this weekend, the 11th and 12th. It’s going to be extra special because it’s Mother’s Day weekend! There will be kite flying, picnics, lawn games and a professional photographer on duty to capture all the memorable moments. (And, now I’m sad again…) If my Mom was here, I would definitely take her to the gardens this Sunday.
If you are in New York anytime, it’s worth the train trip to Queens to check out the NYBG!

I Really Love This Place

We had a blast at the Holiday Train Show last weekend, but it was not the only event at the Botanical Gardens. Once we left the Train Show, we headed over to the Children’s Adventure Garden to see what exactly was happening in the Gingerbread Adventures.

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The Gingerbread Adventures program is a hands-on and educational exhibit meant for children. I looked around anyways, for research purposes of course…. It’s super cute and makes me want to have children just to take them there and force them to take hundreds of adorable photos.

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After exploring the Gingerbread Adventures, we walked around the gardens in the rain just long enough to numb our feet and then decided it was time to head home.

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If you are in the city for the holidays or if you are a host to visitors during the holidays I highly suggest making the trip to the NY Botanical Gardens. It’s an experience unlike any other in this town, or most towns.

I hope you are all getting time off to spend with your loved ones and enjoy special events like this for the holidays!


P.S. We found this in the trains station on the way home…

Don't ask because I do not know.
Don’t ask because I do not know.