Impressions of Tranquility


Hi everybody, I’m back from my latest NY trip.

I thought I’d share some pics of a walk I took through the New York Botanical Garden, (NYBG) to see the special Monet garden exhibit that is being held this summer and through the fall.

Here’s a sign for the facility, by the pedestrian entrance, called Mosholu Gate.  It’s just steps away from the Metro North stop.

Entrance sign

And, of course, there’s also a sign for the star attraction.

The Money Sign

Inside, the gardens–a 250 acre park actually– were unbelievably beautiful, smack in the middle of the Bronx, a place not known  for its pastoral serenity.

Evergreen under a white cloud puff

More sights along the trail known as Garden Way.

An initial, tantalizing glimpse of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

Dome of Haupt Conservatory

There are some beautiful hedged gardens outside the Haupt Conservatory, which replicated part of Monet’s garden in Giverny.  The scent of lavender, thyme,  rosemary and boxwood and other aromatic plants filled the air.

Once inside the conservatory, I first came across a tropical space, which is not part of the Monet exhibit proper.  It, of course, reminded me of good old Florida, home sweet home!  Notice the large, mounted photograph that provides an illusion of plants reflected in water.

Tropical hothouse

Outside, there was a large rectangular pool of shallow water.  It had lots of recreations of Monet’s famous water lilies.

Can you see the Japanese Koi  swimming in this one?

And other aquatic plant forms too…

Doesn’t this lotus plant look like a shower head?

Anyway, back inside, I found Monet’s famous Japanese bridge.

Nicely done, I must say.  By the way, if you’re interested in stitching a canvas of this bridge, you can find one here.

Okay… don’t know about you, but I’m already exhausted!  We’ll continue our tour through the gorgeous NYBG on my next post.

See you then.

© Erin McGrath and, 2012 – 2016.

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About Erin

Owner of Needlepoint Land, LLC. Professional in the field for more than 15 years, during which I have managed and/or worked with various high-end needlepoint shops. I enjoy teaching both beginners and advanced stitchers, and have created numerous stitch guides, with speciality thread selections, for in-store customers and private clients. I maintain contact with an extensive network of needlepoint vendors, custom artists, and, most importantly, reliable, high-quality finishers. I look forward to hearing your comments on my blog!

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