Recently, my friend Rebecca and I decided to spend a sunny Tuesday afternoon in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Admission is free on Tuesdays (!) and neither of us had ever been before, despite having now lived in New York for over 3 years. According to the garden's website, the cherry blossom trees were in peak bloom and we knew that if we didn't take the opportunity, we would miss seeing them for another year.
After a surprisingly quick subway ride (from Greenwich Village) we walked to the gardens. After some meandering, photo-taking, and exploring a greenhouse, we finally reached the Cherry Tree Esplanade. It truly does live up to its name. Made up of two lanes, the trees bloomed on either side of each lane and hundreds of people sat, frolicked, and photographed, despite the relatively quiet hour and day we had chosen to visit. Needless to say, we were relieved we didn't pick a Saturday!
It was nearly impossible to get a photograph without people in it, but as you can see, we tried our best.
If you live in New York and are interested in visiting the garden, you can check their website for detailed information regarding the plants and flowers in season at any given time. As far as I know, peony season is currently underway, and June will be all about roses. X
Photography by Rebecca Alaniz