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Friday, May 11, 2007

Tropical Pavilion

Yes, this is NYC too. The photos for this posting (click here for more) were all taken in the Tropical Pavilion in the Steinhardt Conservatory at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which was founded in 1910. Brooklyn Botanic is a world unto itself, one of NYC's (and the country's) premier urban oases - 52 acres with over 10,000 different kinds of plants in a variety of outdoor and indoor environments - gardens, walks, esplanades and conservatories. The Steindhardt Conservatory (built in 1988 to replace buildings from 1917) is a complex of greenhouses in realistic environments that simulate a range of global habitats - Desert, Warm Temperate and Tropical pavilions, along with a Bonsai Museum (the largest collection in the US - a must see), the Trail of Evolution exhibit and an Aquatic House. The Tropical Pavilion, the largest of the conservatories, soars to a height of 65 feet to accommodate the tallest trees. It recreates a tropical forest, including waterfalls and streams, representing the primary tropical regions of the world: the Amazon basin, African rainforest, and tropical eastern Asia. Plantings are arranged to represent the categories of fragrance, food, medicine, and industry, along with ornamental plants. Here you can find mango, banana, breadfruit, coffee, cola, vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate, papaya, star fruit, latex, mahogany - it's amazing to see tropical fruits actually growing in the middle of New York City! I would recommend a visit any time of year, although a steamy August day would perhaps not be the best choice for the Tropical Pavilion - try a dreary winter day and be transported to another world ...

8 comments:

Lucy said...

Beautiful and otherworldly!

Prokur said...

Again write about crocodiles? :)
*jocking*

I talking about crocodile's tail behind center plant :)

Heidi said...

Your blog continues to be the best!

Wonderful! And thanks.

riniroo said...

Thanks for the time and energy that you put into your blog posts. I didn't realize... Daily Photo has opened my eyes to so many new places. Thanks again!

Have a great day!

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Abraham Lincoln said...

I like that "word-worthy" and I like the photo too.

Brian said...

heidi, riniroo, abraham -
Thanks!
Brian

X!ne said...

Ooh, I hope to be living back in NYC this summer. If I ever feel homesick for my current environment (where I see those sort of plants right outside the window), I will have to head to the Botantical Garden.

Your blog is awesome...as always!

Mme Benaut from Adelaide Daily Photo said...

Brian, this looks like my mother's garden on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. I have smaller versions of the elephant's ear plant growing in my garden in Adelaide, South Australia. Come visit us and see our garden.
I can't believe that the BBG is 52 acres! That's huge. What a wonderful experience for city dwellers.