Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens: Where Beautiful Purple Things Grow!

Tilting my head back, eyes floating upwards, willowy, purple fingers cascade around me. Wisteria everywhere!

Hanging from trees, climbing up walls, swaying gracefully - everywhere.

It is a sight to behold.

On this perfectly perfect spring day, there is no place I'd rather be than strolling the beautifully manicured paths of the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, where beautiful purple things grow.

As far as botanical gardens go, this one is one of the best!

Down the stairs, past the gurgling fountain, to the left, we come across fragrant lilacs.

The lilacs are a favorite of mine. I'm from Rochester- Lilac City. The smell, the clusters of tiny star shaped flowers, transport me.

In fact, when it comes to flowers, the purple ones grab my attention. I can't say why. Purple is not my favorite color.

When it comes to flowers though, I love wisteria, lilacs, irises, and violets- vibrant purple wonders.

The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens is full of such wonders and many more.

Now that the weather in New York is fully cooperating, I've pledged to take my boys on a new adventure everyday. It's been fun. It's been exhausting. It's been educational. I live for these mini-adventures.

The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, which is FREE on Tuesdays, is the perfect place let an inquisitive toddler roam and romp.

Ohm ran and ran and ran. We compared different flowers. Learned the names of different trees. We spotted robins and butterflies and fuzzy bumblebees. We learned about the different parts of the flower. He threw rocks into a stream. Threw coins into a fountain. Basically, he had a good old fashion self-made great time in nature!

We weren't the only ones enjoying the day. The gardens were full of elderly couples strolling arm and arm, young couples stealing affectionate kisses on benches, mothers bouncing babies, photographers snapping pictures, bird watchers crouching with binoculars and tourists singing a symphony of languages.

One could spend the better part of a spring day getting lost in the romantic Brooklyn Botanic Gardens taking in all of the beautiful purple things.

The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

150 Eastern Parkway 990 Washington Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11225