New York: Springtime at Brooklyn Botanical Garden

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Every now and then, I come across a place in New York and love it so much that I wonder: how in the world haven’t I visited here before?!

This would be a pretty strange introduction to a post if Brooklyn Botanical Garden wasn’t just one such a place. And, in fact, it is. I visited this spring at just about peak cherry blossom time and was absolutely blown away: it’s gorgeous!

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The cherry blossoms were, deservedly, the highlight of the show, but I found lots to love here. Tulips were everywhere, and there were lots of neat displays in the greenhouses. Plus, I loved walking around the Japanese garden and seeing the arch – which I’ve seen in many an Instagram – in person.

If there was one drawback to BBG, it would have to be the crowds. I visited on a Saturday and, as the day wore on, the place became just mobbed. The crowds annoyed me, but I have to admit it’s hard to begrudge anyone a visit: I can see now why this is the place to be.

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