Brooklyn Botanic Garden was an absolute treat! It was minutes from my cousin and it happened to be a day where there was no admission fee! I finally walked into a landscape I had only ever seen in books, magazines and documentaries on television.
|A simple and modern design using a simple plant palette to soften the clean lines created by the concrete steps and benches.|
|From above a platform, you get this remarkable view of an edible garden that looked absolutely well-kept and attracted many visitors including a group of school kids!|
|One thing I really envy about the east coast is their ability to get lush tropical plantings as lush as they are here on the East Coast. This stunning plant pairing consists of a hardy banana (Musa sikkimensis) and a annual Pennisetum grass.|
|The Rose Garden was just passed its prime blooming season, but the perennial bedding plants were putting on a show!|
Meeting Ken Druse:
Growing up, the name Ken Druse crossed my path and journey towards horticulture with his phenomenal books and exquisite photographs.
He is the author of many books, most notably, The Natural Shade Garden, The Collector's Garden, Plantropology, and his latest, Natural Companions. was just stunning when I had a chance to look at it before we met up.
|Just a sampling from this visually stunning work of art scanned by Helen Hoverkamp|
I still find it remarkable that I've meet so many people, who I considered celebrities, over the past few years. I guess anyone who's published a book could be considered famous in my mind, but Ken Druse is almost like a household name. He's appeared on Martha Stewart's shows on several occasion and he has this calm and encouraging demeanor to him that I didn't expect from someone of his caliber.
|Here he is always working and capturing the stunning bark of Lagerstroemia indica.|
He kindly drove and we hit up our next stop, a garden he insisted I MUST visit while in New York...